HotelNewsNow recently published an op-ed piece by BBGM President and Senior Principal Nick Giordano. Mr. Giordano covers an element that is often passed over in the race for modern offerings and latest trends – families.
While many reading this article may occasionally travel on business, there is no doubt that a large portion of readers can also relate to the importance of hotel selection for a family getaway. Mr. Giordano makes the case for select-service, and why it can be a strong fit for families looking to travel.
An excerpt from the article:
Select-service hotels have become very popular and are now located throughout most urban areas to meet short- and extended-stay business travel. Although they’re focused on business travelers, select-service hotels can offer a great stay for families, too.
Select-service hotels can be a great choice for family vacations for many of the same reasons they work for the business travel. Not every family vacation needs to be at a resort destination with water parks, beaches or snow skiing.
Urban destinations offer a different experience from typical destination resorts, such as unique art and entertainment experiences, not to mention great food and beverage options and the pleasure of simply enjoying the culture of a particular city. Unlike a resort destination where the hotel is the focus, in an urban excursion the city is the attraction. The hotel becomes a place to sleep and unwind from a busy day out, not the destination.
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Kathryn Mickel provides insights for enhancing accommodations for single travelers in this article for HotelNewsNow. Safety and security are, of course, primary concerns for many single travelers. Mickel, a hospitality design veteran and Principal at BBGM / MONOGRAM at BBGM, takes it one step further by discussing design, technology and service aspects that can greatly improve the quality of stay for those traveling solo.
From the design perspective, discreetly designed and strategically placed security cameras monitor public areas without intrusion to the guest. The day of uniformed security guards has transformed to plain-clothed security officials who are often visible opening doors and welcoming guests or unobtrusively monitoring resort perimeters. Great photosensitive lighting throughout both interior and exterior spaces provide convenience and safety. Keycard access to elevators and room entry tied to personal devices all provide a heightened sense of security for singles and groups alike.
Recent decor design trends have also greatly enhanced the experience of the single traveler. Lobby and lounge spaces have evolved almost universally to become hubs of activity. Food-and-beverage spaces are often integrated in public lobby or lounge spaces, and offer a comfortable place to dine alone or enjoy a media event in an active environment. These multifunctional gathering spaces offer the single traveler the choice to sit alone and enjoy observing the active environment or to join others at communal areas to meet, dine and share conversation. Some operators host complimentary wine tastings in the evening hours, which encourages interaction, or may host popcorn and movie nights by the pool. Offering choices to the single guest to control their personal experience is key.
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When it comes to modern-day hotel accommodations, it is an understatement to say that appealing to the business traveler is critical in many markets. BBGM Principal Bruno Grinwis recently authored an op-ed piece for Hotel News Now, discussing the role of technology needs in improving the business traveler's experience.
Business travelers are no longer impressed with having access to a printer and a conference center, they want the ability to host a virtual meeting in their hotel room. By providing guestrooms that can offer not only the relaxation business travelers crave, but also the functionality of a virtual office their jobs require, hotels will increase their business traveler clientele and turn them into loyal and repeat customers.
Here’s a short list of best practices hoteliers can use to attract more business travelers to their properties.
Use technology to improve the check-in process
Traveling for business is tiring. And the last thing your guest wants to experience after a long day of meetings or a long flight is a slow check-in process.
This is why more hotels are adding features that allow their guests to check themselves in. Some hotels even use an app that allows the guests to check-in while they’re on their way to the hotel.
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MONOGRAM Hospitality Interiors at BBGM serves as a go-to resource for clients when it comes to renovations. Breathing new life into a hotel property can be tricky business, but the MONOGRAM team specializes in navigating these waters to deliver a successful project for clients and memorable experiences for guests.
We’ve pulled together a few sneak-peek snapshots to give our readers a behind-the-scenes look at some of the MONOGRAM designs that are currently under way. Projects currently in design phases include branded properties such as Marriott, Omni, and Kimpton as well as several independent hotels.
(Omni Hotels & Resorts)
Stay tuned for further releases as these exciting projects come closer to completion.
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BBGM provided Architectural services for 13 U, JBG Smith’s newest multi-family mixed-use project, located in the U Street Corridor of Washington, DC – one of the hottest nightlife areas in the city.
BBGM, in conjunction with David M. Schwarz Architects, stepped up to deliver a high-end product that embodies the essence of U Street. Navigating a challenging process for the approval, design and planning stages, the development team managed to deliver a unique project that maintains the historical integrity of the overall neighborhood.
The high-end residential development offers 129 luxury units in a meticulously detailed brick and cast stone building, paying homage to the area’s rich architectural history with traditional charm. A series of setbacks and projections were created in the building’s façade to effectively break down the overall scale, creating a seamless addition to the U Street Historic District.
In order to attract the building’s target market, all members of the project team were challenged to deliver a residential product that would attract the most sophisticated tenants in an already competitive market. In addition to the task of delivering a successful luxury residential project, the team was also charged with the unique challenge of maintaining operations of retail outfits currently in operation while the building remained under construction.
The project team delivered.
Residents are drawn to a boutique-style living, featuring elegant finishes embraced by warm lighting. The intimate lobby is reminiscent of smaller high-end hotels, while the individual residential units are nothing short of spectacular. With an average unit size over 1,000 square feet and balconies or terraces in 60% of the units, the project team hit the mark for the high-end, sophisticated rental market, while successfully navigating project challenges.
Retail operations were also successfully maintained throughout the duration of the project, with the operating outlet being relocated to a complex throughout construction, and returning to a new turn-key store with upgraded finishes. Over 15,000 square feet of retail space occupies the ground floor, which is already 100% leased.
Residential units are leasing at a break-neck pace, well ahead of initial projections for the building. One of the penthouses has already been leased as well. JBG Smith is managing and leasing the building and has confidence that any decision to sell would beat their own records, and potentially those of the DC market in general.
We’re thrilled to announce the recent completion of the Ball Park Hotel (a Hampton Inn and Suites) located at the center of one of the fastest-growing neighborhoods of D.C., The Navy Yard. With close proximity to Nationals Park, the Ball Park Hotel provides guests not only the convenience of staying nearby, but the excitement and entertainment of game days.
Guests have the opportunity to enjoy the vibrant roof deck and bar overlooking the stadium, as well as a ground floor function room directly across the street from the entrance to the stadium.
The project, led by Principal-in-Charge Domenic Giordano, entailed approximately 97,000 square feet, lasting for two years and reaching completion in January 2016. Keeping the Hampton Inn and Suites brand standards in mind, Mr. Giordano was able to add custom modern flair to the hotel’s design. “The hotel is on a tight, irregular urban site and we chose to employ a ventilated porcelain panel façade with striking coloration to distinguish it from the larger buildings surrounding it,” said Mr. Giordano.
Once an industrial neighborhood, The Navy Yard has transformed itself into the home for many new residents, businesses, and restaurants. Aside from sports and entertainment, the neighborhood offers various transportation points, trails, and parks.
Stay tuned for photography and additional information on the Ball Park Hotel.