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Social Hubs? Disappearing Tubs? Which Trend Do You Love (Or Hate) The Most?

September 27, 2011 at 9:30 AM | by | Comment (1)

Nothing gets the HotelChatter debate going faster than a mention of the uber-controvertial—and increasingly common—toiletry dispensers popping up these days. But according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC), that's just one of the trends guests are now seeing.

The article starts by tackling the beast that is hotel fees—something we know a little about. And with our ear firmly on the carpeted hotel ground, we can safely bet this is a "trend" hated by everyone. But disappearing bathtubs? Colorful lobby couches? Locally-sourced food and drink options? These can't all be bad, can they? Click below to see the full list, and weigh in with your own "love it" or "hate it" of hotel trends.

In order, the article touches on:

· Increasing hotel fees: 'Nuff said.

· Lobbies as "social hubs": Yes, think of places like Home2 Suites and Aloft as an example of this trend, which aims to bring more guests into public areas to socialize. Or, you know, fart around on your smartphone for a few hours in the company of others...

· No more bathtubs: Are people really over the whole "take a long, luxurious bath in a hotel room" thing? Maybe people just don't have the time anymore? Whatever it is, apparently Marriott has done research that shows that "business travelers prefer showers to baths."

· More toiletry dispensers: Technically, you can almost always request a complimentary bottle or wrapped soap from the Front Desk. But then again, the environment will hate you.

· Smart Check-In: This feature, whereby guests can check in electronically before they actually arrive, is starting to pop up in a few of those Aloft hotels we mentioned earlier. And the new Hyatt 48Lex is experimenting with a new type of check-in system that whisks guests straight up to their rooms upon arrival, no lines, no nothing.

· Locally-sourced food: This can range from something as simple as a rooftop garden to more elaborate local items like artisanal cheeses and house-made granola. And really, who could protest against food, as long as it's delicious? Sure beats the same old-same old of packaged foods we always encounter in hotel minibars.

What about you? Maybe you would rather see hotel fees disappear and bathtubs increase in size? Let us know which way you're trending in the comments below!

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D3 @ The Woodstocker Inn, Woodstock VT

Local foods are a must! Deep soaking tubs should be the norm!! Why oh why cannot more hospitality professional accept that our grandparents knew what worked....it's just he surroundings that needed updating.

And why oh why does one have to pay for a chocolate bar?

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