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Yesterday, we highlighted a new budget hotel that proves unique design doesn't have to come with a high price tag. One of the most impressive aspects of the room was the bed, which featured a "raised" end, shown in the photo above.
When we talked about how hotel rooms might change in the future, one of the topics of discussion was space, most simply how to create more of it. Whether or not you unpack, the decision about where to put your suitcase is always an interesting one, solutions ranging from jamming it into a small closet or leaving it on the floor so you trip on it in the middle of the night.
Upon seeing the photo above of the new room design at Prizeotel, our first thought was about how useful it would be if we could put things under the bed, if we could just slide our bag under it. Maybe this is the classic "build vertical" solution to space saving: Create a horizontal storage space under the bed just like the one in the photo. It would certainly be an accessible way to keep things out of sight.
Then, the belief that closets should be removed from hotel rooms would start to sound more feasible.
Wow, where shall we begin? What we are looking at is not a confirmed hotel project, but the way things are going, it could be. This design, created by Hong Kong based architectural and interior design firm of Ova Studio was one of the professional entries in the 8th annual Radical Innovation Awards competition.
This proposed hotel design did not make it to the finals of the competition, but it is radical even to us, and we like to think we've seen it all. We're sharing it with you because it is so off the wall -- literally.
The winners of the competition will be announced live next month at the Hospitality Design Expo in Las Vegas, which we will excitedly cover with eyes wide open.
We've talked a lot about the hotel room of the future in terms of technology -- such as walls that talk and bathrooms that double as spas -- but let's put aside the gadgets that may or may not become mainstream and focus on design decisions being made and incorporated on a daily basis.
While individual preferences and personal differences still exist, the way we utilize hotel room space and amenities, in general, has changed over the past few decades. It's something you might easily overlook until you step back and analyze your behavior. When was the last time you set the alarm on the clock radio? Or listened to the radio? Or threw your jacket on the desk chair instead of hanging it in the closet? Has there ever been a time when you've needed more electrical outlets? Do you work at the desk, or on your bed?
Though we may be oblivious to our new tendencies, hotel corporations have been analyzing us likes rats in a lab. Believe it or not, they even have prototype rooms in the bowels of their headquarters where they test new ideas, including placement/inclusion of furniture, room layouts, outlet placement, furniture mobility, and the appearance/usefulness of amenities like throw pillows and sheets.
If these floors could talk...
Today, CNN reports on a rather inventive "hotel room of the future" model that's been dreamed up in Spain by the SerranoBrothers design studio in conjunction with the Instituto Tecnologico Hotelero. Unsurprisingly, the room is full of gadgets like Bang & Olufsen audio equipment, Microsoft tablets, Roca radio mirrors, touch-sensitive transparent screens, and best, of all, walls that actually talk back to you.
Yes, that's right. The hotel rooms of the future will not only provide us with beds to sleep in and bathrooms to wash, but will also greet us in the morning, and remind us of our appointments for the day. Kind of like that 1980s TV show Knight Rider but without any of David Hasselhoff's witty comebacks and cool leather jackets.
Read on to find out what else the "ITH Room Xperience" offers!
Admirality Arch, a regal-looking office structure located on London's Mall (and we don't mean the Galleria-kind) may soon go from cubical home to prime hotel property if a wealthy developer has his/her way. According to a story in yesterday's Daily Mail, the building, which offers prime views of Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square, has gone on sale for a cool £75 million.
We linked to the news that the very first Space Hotel would open in 2012 in our hotel news briefs on Monday. That's because we didn't think something so far-fetched really merited an entire post but today we thought we'd put our thoughts out there on the Galactic Suite Space Resort.
For starters, it's not going to open in 2012. Does anyone not remember Lance Bass' dream to go to outer space? Look how well that turned out. And most ambitious hotel plans never make their opening date so we're gonna go ahead and say that outer space probably has some unique factors that could contribute to a delay.
Second, let's talk about price. Sure, Russian billionaires may have the money to spend $4.4 million on three nights in space but what happens when this space hotel runs out of Russian billionaires? (Not so coincidentally a Russian billionaire is financing this project.)