It is not a secret that hotels contribute a lot to water consumption, energy use and waste production. Yet in today’s world, it is necessary to opt for sustainable solutions in every aspect of life – renovations are no exceptions from that.
Renovating in a sustainable way will play a major role in the hospitality industry of the future. With more eco materials and solutions available year by year, it is as easy as never before.
Sustainable hotels not only save the environment and the owner’s money but also gain a lot in the eyes of the customers. People are becoming more environmentally conscious year by year and sustainability is an aspect that is very important to many. Being environmentally friendly can be a hotel’s asset.
The main things hotels can focus on is saving energy and water and reducing waste.
Green technology in guest rooms
Introduce smart solutions to save resources. Look at the existing fixtures and update ones that consume a lot of water. New technologies allow to control things such as room temperature or appliances activity. There are also room sensors regulating lighting levels automatically, lowering it when necessary. Another great solution are special shower installations that automatically limit showering time and alert the user when it is running out. When it comes to heating, installing smart controls will allow easy management of it.
When building bespoke furniture, choose materials from sustainable sources. Upcycle existing pieces of furniture or use existing materials to make it, for example eco-fabrics and eco-wood. Wherever possible, reuse existing furniture or build new pieces from objects that can serve as one. It requires a bit of creativity but think about how impressed the guests will be if they see a desk that used to be a vintage sewing machine.
There is a lot of potential to be eco-friendly in the outdoor area. Water in a smart way, for example by installing an irrigation system that will work according to a timed schedule. A more advanced option involves water recovery system installations. Choose plants that are durable and do not require fertilisers or a lot of watering. Solar panels are another great option for reducing energy bills and they are the way to indicate you care about the environment.
The best flooring for hotel rooms
Appearance is one of the things that your guests will remember the most about your hotel. No matter what kind of impression you want to create, when it comes to hotel flooring, it is good to aim for the balance between looks and practicality. Because it’s a kind of space that experiences heavy foot traffic, two most important aspects of hotel flooring should be durability and meeting safety standards, particularly in areas exposed to moisture. It is necessary to make sure the flooring you choose has anti-slip properties. It is also important to make a good first impression on the guests as they often treat hotels as a home from home. Another advantage would be easy maintenance so that the flooring can be repaired or kept clean with minimal effort.
There are a few kinds of flooring that remain among the most popular choices for hotel rooms and these are carpet, wood and vinyl. Choosing the right hotel flooring depends on how the area is going to be used. Different areas and rooms will require different considerations and installing any type of flooring has both advantages and disadvantages.
Mostly seen in hotel corridors and bedrooms, it gives a sense of cosiness and warmth. It is also a great option for soundproofing when combined with a suitable underlay, which is a necessity in a building where there are hundreds of people. The biggest disadvantage of such flooring is however that it is the least hygienic one, so it would need to be cleaned and vacuumed everyday. It can sometimes be hard to remove specific stains from the carpet, though.
It is timeless, durable and elegant and screams expensive. It is the perfect choice for spaces that are meant to be luxurious and classy. They are great in areas that are meant to impress the guests, like receptions. The downs of this kind of flooring are high price, noise caused by foot traffic and scratching and dulling risk. If you’re really willing going for the wooden appearance, wood-looking tiles might be the best alternative. They’re durable, easy to maintain, soundproof and less expensive than wood.
Vinyl offers comfort for both the guests and the hotel. It has many advantages – it’s hardwearing, durable, easy to clean and maintain and also affordable. Plus, if it gets damaged, it is very easy to replace without the need of redoing the entire area. They come in many patterns and styles so there is always something to choose from. You can choose from styles that mimic more expensive materials, like wood or stone. Due to the affordability, they are often found in hostels or budget hotels, so if you’re aiming for a high-end appearance, it might not be the best choice. You can install it in areas that aren’t meant to impress the guests.