There are many hotels in this world that are proud of their beautiful architecture. The Swiss Dolder Grand, The Langham Chicago, Hotel ME London and Hotel Hongta in Shanghai, China, are examples of design stars that take your breath away. But there is another reason that makes all these establishments unique – they have managed to do something that was previously considered impossible – they balance the function and marry operational efficiency with striking designs, without compromising class or style in any way. .
What exactly is operational efficiency?
Operational efficiency is of many kinds, and is not limited to intelligent design that streamlines the movement of staff and services. It also has a lot to do with internal energy efficiency, waste management, the use and efficient design of smart equipment, a design that avoids clashes between customer and service movements, and using the right materials that offer huge returns on your investment.
Let’s look at some aspects of designing an operationally efficient hotel.
The future is now
If you prioritize short-term profits in terms of cheaper and more expendable materials, you’re in for a hard time. You may have a significantly lower investment, but in the end it will be a nightmare for maintenance. This approach neglects the long-term health of the building and will cost you much more than you would have in the beginning.
Hardcover items are very good. For example, consider using wood grains for vinyl flooring compared to carpets. In addition to being more efficient, durable and easier to maintain, it has a more classy feel. Carpets get dirty faster, require more cleaning, create a high cost of equipment, and take up more labor.
Another great way to save space is to opt for showers compared to bathroom space containers. This has no absorption and gets less space for cleaning.
On top of that, hard surface elements can always be renewed with the help of textiles, which add color and vibrancy to your design options. This type of upgrade is easier on the pocket.
The reduction of case goods (furniture made of hard materials) is also prudent. When you’re deciding to switch to soft products, this option makes it cheaper and reduces downtime.
Lighting and air conditioning renovation
Traditional lighting can give a decorated look, but requires more maintenance, as it usually has glass coverings that tend to collect debris, dirt, and insects. In addition, energy consumption is higher and waste disposal is a nightmare due to the hazardous materials found in these lights.
Today’s LEDs have incredibly versatile designs and save costs on construction and operations. They have an average of only 20% of the electricity costs associated with traditional lighting. Although we understand that the effects of incandescent light are difficult to achieve with LED, some areas such as signage, guest rooms, lobbies, and conference areas can be optimized to use energy-efficient lighting solutions.
Occupancy sensors are also very good because they save money when there is no one to turn off the ventilation and lights. Due to safety and other measures, lighting is required 24/7, so it is necessary to minimize costs when necessary. Night light alternatives are great, especially for backups.
The AHT needs to be constantly monitored, and you need to remove the rigid points to supply air and water at the desired temperatures. Switching to an IoT-based and centrally managed system, which is responsive and dynamic, can be expensive at first, but will result in huge savings. IoT also allows you to control units for maintenance and upkeep, if left unchecked, it can lead to many other costs.
Other recommendations in this area include:
Supply of lights to automatic machines with sensors
Renovate the back room lighting with low watt alternatives
Reduce tent lighting
Use hotel spaces in a dynamic way so that you don’t have to build additional structures or demolish existing ones.
For example, community tables can function as bars at night and provide breakfast during the day. Hilton’s “Tru” Virginia has used all of its spaces for multi-functionality. They have a huge lobby called ‘The Hive’, which is divided into four zones:
Workspace with desktop space and focus cubes
Living room for community activities
A playground for indoor games
The dining area is circular, so it also doubles as a table with space for a table and snacks.
Considering such considerations, the design is aesthetic, but functional, easy to implement.
The Tech Edge
It can be difficult to keep guest preferences in mind. What’s even harder is to be aware of all the changes in priorities and gather around technological upgrades.
Although the rooms themselves last for years, the technology can remain obsolete for a short period of time, sometimes months, if not years. This is a problem that many are trying to work on, and the only tangible solution is to work with a lightweight architecture that can easily adapt to these changes.
In addition, the use of analytics and big data will help you better understand the basics of your consumers, which in turn will not give you a rough blow when it comes to implementing a new design or facility.
New travelers are mostly millennials. Companies like AirBnB are experiencing a tremendous rise in business because the listings are personalized and the kind of hyper-local experience they have directed at them.
Branded hotels face a challenge in this regard, and an adaptation design to reflect this is highly recommended. When using materials, for example, choose local materials that promote local connections with artisans and other suppliers. Having a strong network helps to enhance your atmosphere to reflect that local element.
Don’t limit your experience to your hotel to the space you have. Other links with regional experiences will help you further personalize. From all the brand properties you have, a different experience should be created to eliminate the monolithic feeling.
The element of “geographical” design is also essential. Your design should have variance. In cold weather, better insulating walls can dramatically save energy consumption as needed to heat the property. The same goes for disaster relief sites that need adaptive structures.
This also happens in itself when the distinction is placed in the picture. Design elements should act as a separator, with an echo of multiple brand identities. Design it for different segments of your guests and act according to them, otherwise it seems absurd. For employers and corporations, the atmosphere in the room should be easier and there should be minimal occupancy. For families, accommodations should be more suitable for children. For travelers looking for a truly unique experience, research the latest functional curiosities of design.
Keep in mind that the segments bled into each other, so being on top of your game will be essential.
In this respect, operational efficiency is not difficult to achieve. You have to act with foresight and keep the overall picture in mind. It is not enough to meet only short-term goals and take measures that are not cost-effective in the long run. Sustainable existence should become a priority for hotels and should be included in their game plan from day one. When operational efficiency drives all your decisions, you are unlikely to become one.