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PLAINFIELD, IL, JANUARY 4, 2019 -- New Year is the perfect time to check-in on hotel design trends. While some of these trends may only create ripples, others will set off tidal waves. Taken as a whole, these trends underscore that hotel design is no longer the simple task of creating a nice place to stay; it is a science of fashioning a truly distinctive guest experience that flows seamlessly from check-in to sleeping, to working, to dining, to entertainment.

According to Cicero's Development, one of the country's leading renovation contractors for the hospitatlity industry, here are six hotel trends emerging on the scene that will change the guest experience in 2019.

Trend one: Good-bye to the Cookie-Cutter
Gone are the days where every room looked exactly the same, with identical furnishings and boring neutral colors. To create a unique hotel stay for guests, designers are giving each room its own individual personality through the use of diverse color palettes, furniture configurations, wallpaper, flooring, art, lamps and mix-and-match décor combining eclectic elements. Incorporating touches like local handmade decor, unexpected texture combinations, and even vintage fabrics in different rooms give travelers the aesthetic appeal they are chasing — both when they view photos of the room online and when they see it in person. Differentiating each and every room can become the signature calling card for a hotel, the primary way to set itself apart from big-box, no-frills standard hotels.

Trend Two: Keep it simple… and smaller
Driven by the millennial demographic, hotel rooms are getting more basic, functional, and surprisingly, smaller. This trend is well suited for dense, urban markets where the boutique micro-hotel concept is popular. Millennials do not expect chests of drawers, sprawling sofas or even traditional closets in their rooms. Multi-purpose and collapsible furniture, built-in lighting, and smart design materials make small hotel rooms appear and feel larger. In exchange for smaller digs, guests receive a fun, affordable and energetic space to stay without sacrificing style or comfort.

Trend Three: The Lobby as Living Room
While hotel rooms are being pared down, lobbies are going big. This emerging trend calls for the lobby area to be re-imagined as an oversized, sleek living room loaded with semi-enclosed spaces where guests can find privacy without feeling isolated. Think of today’s lobbies as a hotel’s social hub serving as a venue to explore various activities, from a business meet-and-greet to a video gaming competition. Interestingly, some of the most active users of modern hotel lobbies are not guests at all, but those who come in to frequent the coffee shop, collaborative workspaces, or other revenue-generating services. Besides décor, technology is transforming lobbies and bringing them to life with digital signage, DJ booths, vibrant sound systems, LED lights and, of course, lots of places to plug in. 

Trend Four: The Power of Energy Efficiency
This year will see more aggressive initiatives by hotels in their bid to reduce energy consumption. On average, hotels in the U.S. spend $2,196 per available room annually on energy. To offset utility expenses hotels will focus in 2019 on the expanded use of LED and natural lighting, motion sensors, automated temperature control systems, more efficient HVAC, and the use of alternative energy sources. 

Trend Five: Reclaim, Re-use, Recycle
Sustainable construction practices mean installing recycled building materials. Boutique hotels have been at the forefront of using reclaimed woods, metals, brickwork, and stonework in their aesthetic appeal. Not only does the practice reduce dependence on natural resources, it also raises the ante in terms of novelty and visual power.

Trend Six: Going Green(er)
Ironically, after years of removing oversized planters from their lobbies, hotels are finding guests miss greenery as a backdrop for daily life. A new trend coined “biophilic design” calls for hotels to bring plants back into the fold to establish an enhanced connection for guests with nature. Biophilic design involves design elements as diverse as waterfalls, real stone and wood, exposure to natural lighting, vertical gardens, and clustered vegetation that together blur the boundaries between indoor and outdoor areas. According to its proponents, biophilic design acts as an "atmospheric stress-reliever" for urban overstimulation, nerve-racking interactions, and travel complications. Through the integration of biophilic design, a hotel sets itself apart from conventional hotel brands and cultivates an immersive guest experience. 

No matter how large or small the impact of a trend, the hotels that will benefit from them the most are those that adapt their guest experience the fastest. This is something independent hotels, being agile and free of the inflexible standards characteristic of large chains, are in the best position to accomplish. However, forward-thinking large chains can also leverage emerging trends to find creative direction for their branding standards.

 
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TORONTO, ON (December 20, 2018) – Realstar Hospitality today announced the opening of its latest franchised Motel 6 in Cranbrook, British Columbia. This is the fourth location in British Columbia for the brand, adding to the growing franchise system in Canada.

The conversion property updated its look to feature the award winning contemporary Motel 6 phoenix design. All 35 newly-renovated guestrooms include comfortable and contemporary furnishings, free Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs and micro-fridges.

“We’re excited to officially open our doors as a Motel 6 and welcome travellers from around the world,” said Sung Oh, hotel owner & GM. “Guests can enjoy our clean, comfortable guestrooms while being minutes away from local attractions such as Casino of the Rockies, restaurants and entertainment.”

Guests can enjoy the convenience of complimentary morning coffee in the lobby, a coin laundry facility and an outdoor seasonal swimming pool.

“As we continue to focus on disciplined conversions, 2018 has proven to be a successful year for the Motel 6 brand,” said Irwin Prince, president & COO, Realstar Hospitality. “There is tremendous opportunity for growth across the country and we look forward to announcing additional conversions in 2019.”

Conveniently located at 910 Cranbrook Street North, reservations for Motel 6 - Cranbrook can be made by visiting motel6.com or by calling 1.800.4MOTEL6 (1.800.466.8356).

 
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TORONTO, ON (December 13, 2018) – Realstar Hospitality today announced the location of its newest Days Inn by Wyndham franchise. Located in Redwater, the conversion property is 100% non-smoking and features 89 guestrooms, each appointed with flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, work desk, microwave and mini-fridge.

“We’re proud to join the Days Inn by Wyndham family and we’re confident our friendly hospitality and exceptional service will ensure guests feel at home during their stay,” said Shin Choi, hotel General Manager. “

Additional amenities include free Daybreak Café breakfast with hot items, an on-site business centre, meeting space, fitness centre and indoor pool. Free parking is available to hotel guests. Family rooms and suites with kitchenette are also available upon request.

“Located in a convenient setting just 30 minutes northeast of Edmonton, this property is ideal for both leisure and business travellers alike offering all the essentials,” said Irwin Prince, president & coo, Realstar Hospitality. “Days Inn by Wyndham Redwater is a welcome addition to the brand in Canada and we’re excited to add this hotel to our portfolio.”

Reservations can be made by visiting daysinn.ca or by calling 1 800 DAYS INN (1-800-329-7466).

 
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MONTREAL, QC, CANADA – December 11, 2018 – Hotel Monville, in the heart of Montreal’s trendy city center, is Canada’s most innovative property. It opened with automated rapid-check-in kiosks, room service delivery robot, high-speed Wi-Fi connectivity and Quantum RFID BLE enabled electronic door locks from dormakaba. The 269-room Hotel Monville is a four-star hotel, a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts and ideal for business travelers and tourists who want to immerse themselves in the Montreal experience. dormakaba is a total solution provider for the hospitality industry. Its products include secure Saflok™ and Ilco™ electronic door locks. dormakaba is one of the top three companies in the global market for access and security solutions. 

“Hotel Monville is close to The Palais des congrès de Montréal international convention center. Most of our guests are experienced business travelers who value a fast check-in. dormakaba plays an essential role at our property,” said Jean-Cédric Callies, sales and marketing director for Hotel Monville. “Our automated kiosks check guests in with a few key strokes and issue a secure RFID keycard to open their door equipped with dormakaba locks. dormakaba’s electronic access system integrates with our property PMS and is secure, easy to use. All our guests value dormakaba’s reliability. We have never had a guest report difficulty accessing their room.”

Monville is the first and only hotel in Canada to provide room service using an autonomous delivery robot that carries orders directly to guest rooms. “Guests order food and beverages from their TV and their order can be delivered by robot in seven minutes,” Callies said. “Our lobby is staffed to assist guests, but our kiosks and dormakaba RFID electronic locks work perfectly. We program Monville’s robot to provide custom greeting messages to welcome specific business meeting members.  

“Hotel Monville is an example of where business properties will be in the future,” said Stephen Pollack, dormakaba vice president of marketing. “Their processes are focused on providing guests with fast service that creates trust and drives repeat business. dormakaba’s Quantum RFID BLE enabled locks play an important part in keeping Monville’s guests secure.”

dormakaba is a total solution provider for the hospitality industry. Its extensive product portfolio gives architects, developers and property managers creative and operational freedom with versatile technology design solutions. Its systems address the functional needs of any hotel type by controlling and monitoring access at every entry point. dormakaba's guest-centric solutions merge security with convenience to create a safer more welcoming environment that enhances the overall guest experience.

 

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