28 Sep 3 Things You Probably Don’t Think About in Hotel Construction
A hotel consists of much more than unique decor and appealing colors. There is more behind running and building a hotel than you would expect. When we make a hotel, we have to consider the structural integrity of the building but also the experience the guests have in the hotel. Here are 3 things you didn’t know that must be considered during hotel construction.
The furniture and fabrics used in the hotel are measured by “rub rate” or “rub count.” Rub Count is the amount of wear and tear a material can take. Fabrics with rub counts in the low thousands are used for decorative details such as curtains or pillows. For example, a count of over 15,000 is considered heavy duty and is ideal for busier spaces or frequently used furniture. For commercial use, restaurants and hotels have fabrics with rub counts of 30,000 or higher! Although these fabrics are cost-conscious, they are typically stiffer and less comfortable than fabrics with lower rub counts. Each hotel has to make decisions about comfortability and durability. Have you considered the rub count of your lobby furniture?
Hotels have to stay updated for their guests! Although some hotels update more or less depending on the room’s estimated fatigue, hotels typically refurbish every four years to look nice and stay up to date with trends. Refurbishing and hotel construction does not necessarily mean an invasive change in architecture or theme; it could be as simple as a new coat of paint. Refurbishing also means checking that the hotel’s inner workings are up to date. Any problems with the electrical or plumbing will affect all of the guests staying in the hotel and could hurt the hotel’s reputation. It’s a good idea to check up on your building regularly, even if nothing seems wrong.
The View in Hotel Construction
Hotels are graded heavily on the view they have. Guests enjoy having an excellent vantage point of where they are staying. That’s why each guest room has a window! When building a hotel, contractors must find solutions to maximize occupancy while maintaining a suitable view for each room (or as many rooms as possible). That’s why many hotels have long hallways with one room on the sidewall of the hallway. This geometry creates space for many rooms while allowing each room to have a window. Contractors have also found clever ways to incorporate light into rooms using skylights or light boxes. If a nice, open view is impossible, consider placing decorations or foliage outside of the room to brighten things up.
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