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Buying furniture is one of the things you need to take care of when putting up a new hotel business or renovating your previous one. Because it is a large investment to make, you should do everything to get it done right. Buying pieces that will not be useful to your hotel will certainly be a waste of money and time.
When shopping for furniture, it is of utmost importance to look for pieces that will…
1. …be a perfect balance between form and function. Always keep in mind that furniture’s purpose is almost always just as significant as its physical appearance. An exquisitely looking bed will be futile if guests feel uncomfortable lying on it. Whereas a comfortable chair whose style is just as outdated as the fashion in the old centuries have no place in your modern hotel.
But take note that the words “almost always” were used to denote that there are some exceptions to this statement. For example, there are some pieces of furniture like paintings and sculptures whose sole purpose is to be a decorative element for your hotel. More than function, it is their form, which will weigh more value.
2. …blend beautifully with the overall atmosphere of the hotel. First, you have to decide what kind of theme and style you want your hotel to have. Then buy furniture that are in line with this theme.
For instance, if your hotel is traditional, classic wooden furniture is ideal whereas if it exemplifies a contemporary look, those that are made of metal and leather are perfect (see http://www.laytrad.co.uk/commercial-hotel-furniture.htm).
And it is not enough that you confine the theme in a single room. In fact, every single place in your hotel should have a continuing theme so that customers will not feel as if they are moving from one different hotel to another. Always remember that lack of coherence equates disorder.
3. …create a statement and make your hotel stand out. Doing this requires you to have an eye that can distinguish unique from outrageous, distinct from hideous. Give your hotel a personality through the pieces of furniture of your choice. With this in mind, it is important to be creative and more importantly, original.
4. …be appreciated by your target customers. To do this, you first have to do an extensive demographic research to find out which kinds of people are likely to appear at the front desk of your hotel–what age, class, occupation and so many more. Use this information to create a hotel atmosphere that will cater to their tastes and needs. Choose furniture that have features, style, colors, and function that they are most likely to value.
5. …provide your guests with utmost comfort. The needs of your customers should always be one of your top priorities. Choose furniture that will make their stay worthwhile and enjoyable.
6. …set the tone of the room appropriately. Each room in your hotel has a distinct purpose and the furniture in each room should serve those distinct purposes. These should also create the ambience that you want to have in a specific room.
For instance, the furniture inside a hotel bedroom should provide guests with comfort and security, giving a relaxing and warm ambience that will enable them to have a good rest. Meanwhile, the reception area should cater to the purpose of entertaining guests and keeping them occupied. The ambience should be professional and yet not too stiff.
7. …suit the location where your hotel is located. The location of your hotel is also a major consideration in furniture selection. The climate in the area as well as the way of living of people around greatly influence what types of furniture you should buy. For example, if your hotel is in a quaint subdivision, your ultra modern furniture will hardly be appreciated. And if you are in an area where it is almost always snowing, be sure to incorporate pieces of furniture that will give comfort despite the cold such as thick curtains, chimneys and so on.
8. …last a long time. Invest only on high quality furniture from reputable suppliers that will guarantee you of durability and resilience.
Because the furniture plays an important role in the overall physical appearance of the hotel as well as the quality of services you offer, there is indeed little or no room for mistakes. Buying the right pieces is a crucial factor in the success of your hotel business.
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Is now the right time to invest in a spa? In recent months, it seems as if, wherever one turns, hotel owners and hotel operators are adding spas to their package of products and services. From the most luxurious hotels such as Mandarin Oriental and Four Seasons all the way to Butlins and Centre Parks, everyone is getting in on the act.
Hotel branding companies such as Starwood have added spa brands to their portfolio and we’ve got hotel brands like Six Senses which have a spa as a core element of the offer.
In the 1980s, every hotel seemed to feel the need to add waterbeds, faxes and a mini-bar into the bedrooms and in the 1990s every hotelier felt obligated to add a fitness room, outsource food and beverage, implement branded breakfasts and later internet connectivity and game joysticks. In this decade, we’ve seen a headlong rush to add flat screen TVs and free WiFi – and now spas. As the historic examples illustrate, sometimes such fashionable elements of product or service become embedded in the core expectation of guests and remain permanent features in brand standards. But some trendy items prove an expensive side show in the long term. Are spas here to stay as a core element of hotels or are they a passing fad?
Some recent assignments have allowed us to research the matter and to form some tentative conclusions. Adding a spa typically represents a very considerable capital expense and usually considerably more per square meter than the investment in an equivalent space devoted to bedrooms. The treatments that are sought are subject to quite rapid change as fashions come and go making the requirement to frequently change and refashion the treatment rooms. This is a business that needs a large capital injection up front and the ability and willingness to inject further capital fairly frequently.
At the same time, the service that is being offered is very labour intensive. There is typically a one-on-one relationship between the customer and the treatment provider and with service being offered seven days a week for ten hours a day or more; the staffing cost implications are considerable. The spa business can be characterised as one that has both a high capital and high operating cost.
So the first question that needs to be asked is whether adding a spa to the hotel will better enable the hotelier and the brand to add to the lifetime value of existing guests and segments and/or significantly attract new segments either from competitor hotels or competitor locations? We believe that this can only be answered by robust research.
Our experience is that there is a lot of ‘noise’ but actually not a great deal of valid research findings available in the public domain. There is no shortcut and a serious investor needs to commit time and energy to researching the specific market under analysis. While in many situations the spa will serve the in-house population, there will be examples where the spa can be a tool to serve the local business and/or residential population better. For both the internal and external populations, adopting a well-known brand for the spa may be an important element in attracting and reassuring the market.
There is no template but it seems that the core income stream will be from treatments. Setting the price of a one-hour treatment at the level that the market will bear and using the same yield management techniques (fencing rates, volume discounts, packaging, advance purchase discounting, etc.) as are employed elsewhere in the hotel to sell hotel rooms (and on the golf course to sell golf rounds) should ensure that revenue is maximised for each of the one-hour slots available for sale in each treatment room each day.
Membership income may not be the largest income stream but it will be important to have a large enough membership to offset the peaks and troughs of hotel occupancy, yet a small enough membership so that hotel guests can be offered and they can take up packages that include spa elements. Membership income is usually made up of two elements – an initial signing on fee and an annual fee. Local demographics and other factors will determine the rate of churn in membership and the signing-on fee can be a significant element of long-term value.
Our findings suggest that when the investor injects the right amount of capital recognising the revenue that can be earned and the profit generated, a spa in a hotel can indeed contribute to long-term value. The savvy investor will avoid developing spas that are too large, too expensive, in the wrong hotel business or the wrong town, with the wrong number of treatment rooms or offering the wrong treatments, unbranded or not operated professionally, with inadequate regard to health and safety legislation.
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