There are many hotels in this world that are proud of their beautiful architecture. Dolder Grand in Switzerland, The Langham Chicago, Hotel ME London, and Hongta Hotel in Shanghai, China, are all examples of great design that easily breathes. But there is another reason why all these institutions are unique – they have managed to do something that was previously considered impossible – a balance with function and functional efficiency with an attractive design, without compromising class or style in any way.
But what exactly is operational efficiency?
Operational efficiency comes in several forms and is not limited to intelligent design that simplifies the movement of personnel and services. It also has much to do with internal energy efficiency, waste management, smart equipment and efficient scheduling, a design that avoids conflicts between the movement of guests and services and the use of appropriate materials that provide a huge return on a hard-earned investment.
Let's look at several aspects of designing an operatively efficient hotel.
The future is now
If you simply set priorities for small term gains in terms of cheap, consumable materials, then you are in a difficult situation. You may have significantly less investment, but it will ultimately be a nightmare for maintenance. This approach neglects the long-term health of the building, and you will spend much more than you initially had.
Hard surface elements are very good. For example, consider using wooden wood flooring in comparison with carpets. Not only is it more efficient, more durable and easier to maintain, it also has a classic feeling. Carpets tend to become more dirty, require more cleaning, generate high cost of equipment and more jobs.
Another great way to save space is to shower with respect to bathtubs in the bathroom space – this results in non-suction, and a smaller cleaning area.
Through this, solid elements can always be rebuilt with the help of textiles, which add color and vibrancy depending on your designer's choice. This type of renovation is also easier on the pocket.
Minimizing the item of goods (furniture from hard materials) is also cautious. When you decide to exchange soft products, this option is cheaper and results in a slower downtime.
Lighting and HVAC upgrades
Traditional lighting fixtures can give you an eye-catching look, but require more maintenance, as they usually have glass linings that are prone to debris, dirt, and insect collection. Also, energy consumption is higher, and the disposal of waste is a nightmare because of the hazardous materials found in these lights.
LEDs today have incredibly diverse designs and save costs when it comes to designs and operations. They also, on average, account for only 20% of the cost of electricity that is associated with traditional lighting. Although we understand that the effects of lighting with an incandescent light are difficult to achieve with LEDs, in some areas such as signaling, guest rooms, lounges and conference rooms can be optimized for the use of energy efficient lighting solutions.
Sensors are also excellent because they save you a lot of money by turning off ventilation and lights when no one is nearby. Since lighting is needed 24/7 for security and other measures, it is necessary to minimize costs when needed. Night alternatives are great, especially for support.
HVAC should be monitored continuously, and rigid points for supplying air and water to desired temperatures should be removed. Switching to a centrally managed system based on the Internet of things that is sensitive and dynamic can be expensive to start but will result in enormous savings. IoT also allows you to monitor maintenance and maintenance units, which, if you neglect them, can lead to other costs.
Other recommendations in this area include:
- Equip the lighting of the automata with sensors
- Additional backlight illumination with alternatives to low watt
- Reduction of the canopy lighting
Use the hotel spaces in a dynamic way, so you do not need to build additional objects or abolish existing ones.
For example, shared tables can work as bars during the night and can serve breakfast throughout the day. Hilton & # 39; Tru & # 39; in Virginia, he used all his spaces for multifunctionality. They have a huge lobby called "Bunny", which are divided into four zones:
- Work area with table space and focus cubes
- Living room, for communal activities
- Game zone, indoor games
- A circular food zone, so it doubles as a reception area with light meals and snacks.
Given these considerations, the aesthetic, yet functional, design can easily be implemented.
The Tech Edge
Bearing in mind the wishes of the guests, it can be difficult. What is even more difficult is to keep track of all changes in the preference, and to wrap up the technological upgrade.
While the rooms themselves have a lifetime, technology can become obsolete in a short period of time – sometimes months, if not years. This is a problem that many try to bypass, and the only tangible solution is to abandon the agile architecture that can easily adapt these changes.
Additionally, the use of analytics and large data will help you understand your customer base better, which in turn will not give you a rough shake when it comes to implementing a design or new device.
New passengers are mostly millennium. Companies such as AirBnB testify to the incredible increase in their business due to how personalized their lists and the types of hyper-local experiences they were lobbying.
Branded hotels face the challenge in this regard, and it is recommended that equipment equipping projects reflect on it. For example, when using materials, select materials that encourage local linking with craftsmen and other service providers. The existence of a strong network helps you to increase the atmosphere to reflect that local element.
Do not limit your hotel experience to the space you own. However, other links to regional experience will help you further personalize yourself. From every branded property you have, a different experience should be found to eliminate the monolithic feeling.
Element & # 39; geographic & # 39; design is also important. Your design should show variations. In cold weather, better insulating walls can result in huge savings in the form of energy consumption needed to warm up the property. The same applies to areas of disaster freedom that need adaptive structures.
This also comes in when the differentiation is put into the picture. Design elements must act as differentiators, reflecting the diverse brand identity. Design for different segments of your guests, and behave towards them, otherwise it may look absurd. For businessmen and corporations, the atmosphere in the room must be more rational and focused on minimum occupancy. For families, the accommodation must be more suitable for children. For travelers looking for a truly unique experience, explore the latest functional design variants.
Keep in mind that segments also bleed into each other, so they will be at the top of the game.
When it comes to this, operational efficiency is not hard to achieve. You have to act with foresight and have a bigger picture in mind. It is not enough just to fulfill your short-term goals and to take measures that are not long-term benefits. Sustainable existence must become a priority for hotels and they must put it into their game plan from the first day. Once operational efficiency launches all your decisions, you will inadvertently be misled.