A recent article in the Washington Post walked us through a tour of the testing facility, highlighting some of the new ways hotels are responding to changing guest tendecies and perferences. It talks about why the duvets are white (you can tell when a white linen is dirty), why closets and drawers aren’t going to be included in some future rooms (according to the article, two-thirds of travelers don't unpack), why there will be more electrical outlets near the bed (we're addicted to technology), why furniture will be on wheels (to give guests more control over the space), and how the bathroom layouts have changed (toilets are separated and quarantined as much as possible).
"There’s no closet in the rooms (of the future)," says the article. "Instead, they have open shelves and a space big enough to slide in a suitcase for the non-unpackers and a rod for hanging clothes for the unpackers."
We're all for more mobile furniture -- sometimes we like to move the desk so we can work and look out the window -- and there's no downside whatsoever to having more outlets, both by the bed and in the bathroom. We are also guilty of not truly unpacking, so some shelves and a hook or two would be fine by us (perhaps the ladies might disagree).
We want to turn the question to you: What do you want to see in future rooms? What changes would make your life easier and your stay more pleasant? Is there something that comes to mind that isn't on the above list? Let us (and the industry folks who read this) know!
[Photos: Will McGough for HotelChatter]