Running a successful hotel is an ongoing challenge that requires both the knowledge and effort of hoteliers, as well as the people who work for its continuous triumph. Whoever wants to increase their reservations and revenue need to stay abreast of the latest trends, as well as be willing to invest to renovate and develop their property continuously. One of the biggest challenges faced by hoteliers: maintaining facilities to the standards expected by discerning guests, and determining how and when to upgrade those facilities without turning away or losing business.
Bathrooms are being scrutinized by millions of travelers now accustomed to using websites and social media to voice their opinions. After all, the hotel bathroom is more than a place to freshen up. It’s considered an indicator of how upscale, current and clean a hotel is, an extension of its identity. One of the first things people check out on a hotel room before they check in is the bathroom: is it clean? Modern and updated? But, unfortunately, more and more hotels easily forget that nothing dates a hotel more quickly than a tired bathroom.
Though remodeling can cost a pretty penny, it can provide significant returns when it comes time to sell your hotel, especially if you do it right.
Certain renovations are a win-win situation, providing more comfort to your guests, positive feedback for your hotel and more revenue in the long run.
Many people would like to think their bathrooms as their sanctuary, so why not aim to make them feel the same even when they are at home away from home? Here are some of the things you can do to update your hotel bathrooms:
- Replace countertops and tiles that show signs of wear, brighten up the colors and modernize the fixtures.
- For luxury hotels, consider incorporating large bathtubs or hot tubs with jets for something a bit more extravagant and relaxing.
- Some guests prefer watching watch TV while they brush their teeth or shave, some facilities have bathroom mirrors that include an integrated flat screen with heaters to prevent the glass from fogging.
- Install luxury bathtubs and high-quality lighting that can dramatically affect the aesthetic of your hotel bathroom, and serve your guests better. Remember, the reason why it is important is that every guest of the hotel has a reason to use the bathroom for grooming. Men need to shave; women need to put their make-up on and blow-dry their hair. A well- lit bathroom is needed.
- Small hotels can make the space bigger in the bathroom by removing the outdated bathrooms. More and more hotels are taking out their bathtubs to create more space for their guests to move around.
- Provide high-quality toiletries, clean towels and sanitize the bathroom as often as needed.
According to real estate agents, bathroom renovations can be one of the best investments for your property. In fact, studies show that its remodeling and upgrade can give you 100-102.2% return of investment—which is the highest among renovations.
Here are some tips hotel owners might want to consider before starting to remodel, renovate and upgrade their hotel bathrooms:
Understand what needs to be upgraded.
Before you even plan to remodel your bathroom, you first need to understand standard bathroom dimensions. Knowing a few key measurements, like the size of a typical bathtub and how much space is needed for a toilet, will help you plan your remodeling project more efficiently.
You also need to be aware of the newest bathroom trends that will significantly increase your potential hotel revenue and increase the overall value of the property.
Plan and Stick to the budget.
The best place to start with any remodeling project is the budget. Before you begin any project, it’s important to put your expectations into perspective when it comes to how much money you’re willing to invest.
Not only will it have a big impact on the type and quality of materials you select for your bathroom renovation, but it will also help you set the boundaries of your design such as the size of your bathroom and cost of labor and construction.
Knowing what you can really afford will make it a lot easier to decide what items you want to replace and where you need to get resourceful.
When renovating, it is very easy to overspend. Because you want to improve the amenity significantly, hotel owners usually go over their budget without really thinking about it. Here are some money-saving tips you can apply:
- Focus on refinishing. Refinishing existing items such as your bathtub, shower, sink or tile while only paying a small fraction of the cost of replacing it.
- Skip the plumbing. On the surface, switching your sink and toilet around may look easy enough, but the problem lies underneath and all the costs involved in moving that plumbing.
- Focus on small details. Changing out all the hardware, such as drawer pulls, faucet handles and showerheads, can make a significant impact.
Improve your lighting
One of the frequent and most common complaints of hotel guests is the lighting in the bathroom. Some comment on how hard it is for them to do their make up, or shave inside the bathroom with poor lighting.
The best approach to a well-lit space is to incorporate layers of task, accent, ambient and decorative lighting. Interior designers suggest dimmable pot lights on the ceiling, accent lighting around the mirror and a waterproof fixture in the shower.
Sconce lighting at the vanity is the ideal way to get even lighting on your face, and installing it at eye level will help diminish unflattering shadows. Dim lighting is nice for a relaxing bath; bright lights are great for shaving or applying makeup. Adding more overall lighting can make a small bathroom seem larger.
Getting it right with storage
A clutter-free bathroom is a stress-free bathroom. Hotel guests prefer bathrooms that are spacious and clean to look at. An armoire with shelving is a stylish way to keep quotidian items tucked out of sight. For smaller bathrooms, customizing shelves with drawers, providing baskets with cubbies can do the trick.
Provide better ventilation
Moisture is your bathroom’s greatest enemy. Mold and mildew will make quick work of any renovation you’ve done so be sure to install a vent fan of appropriate CFMs for the square footage of your bathroom.
The rough guide is one CFM per square foot for bathrooms of one hundred square feet or smaller. New designs are quieter and more stylish than ever and are a must have for any bathroom remodel.