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.
An excerpt from the article:
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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Senior Designer Israel Olmos is the most recent featured designer on Design Manifestos. This interview with Modelo grants readers a personal perspective on his journey through the profession, sources of continued inspiration and predictions for the future of architecture.
An excerpt from Design Manifestos:
On becoming an architect
The truth is that I became an architect by accident. I started a business right after finishing high school, which I ran with my brother for ten years. Life circumstances took me back to school, and when it was time to pick a major, I chose architecture because I had some regular clients in my used car dealership that were architects. They would receive cars as payments and then would sell them to me for an excellent price. So I saw Architecture as a way to expand my business, little did I know that I would fall in love with design and architecture. I have not looked back since.
On discovering his voice as a designer
I believe any architectural designer could never forget the first presentation they give directly to a client. Seeing a group of people paying close attention to what are you saying, understanding, and appreciating the work that you and your team put so much effort into is extremely memorable. At that moment I realized the kind of responsibility we as designers have to create meaningful projects that, in one way or another would change people's lives. Since design is so subjective, it's hard to pick somebody specific that influenced me as a designer. I am convinced that I have learned something from every single person I worked with in multiple projects. This includes, of course, junior staff that remind you of those big dreams that you had when you first finished school.
Israel Olmos is an active member of the American Institute of Architects and the U.S. Green Building Council, as well as an Associate and Senior Designer with BBGM. His work on major projects around the world has been recognized by the design community and industry publications alike. His recent work includes the new InterContinental DC Wharf, historic renovation of the W Hotel DC and the recently completed DC Ball Park Hotel.
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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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It’s common for most of us in the design arena to receive follow-ups, recaps, and highlights from many of the vendors we come across during the major conferences throughout the year. We thought it might be interesting, or even helpful for some of our wonderful vendors, to hear some feedback from our MONOGRAM team who attended this year’s HD Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.
If one thing is for sure, vendors who exhibited at this year’s HD Expo brought their ‘A’ game. From furniture to fabrics, everyone came to play. There was no reservation when it came to making bold statements through color and the use of unique fabrics. We caught up with MONOGRAM Senior Interior Designer Heather Chilton, who attended the conference. “This was the first time I had attended HD in quite some time, and I was not disappointed,” said Chilton. “The market is strong, and you could feel the positive energy amongst the vendors and exhibitors. The ability to see new product and build stronger or even new relationships made the trip all worthwhile.”
HD is known for bringing a wide variety when it comes to the types and styles of furniture and manufacturers throughout the expo. This year’s outdoor furniture displays can be summed up in a single word: strong.
Chilton elaborated, “Compared to previous years, I feel as though outdoor areas are finally getting the notability they deserve. It’s no longer your basic teak or aluminum frames. Outdoor areas are environments of their own and this year vendors really went beyond the boundaries to provide iconic, flexible and comfortable pieces that are suitable for a wide range of styles.”
Vendors brought unique materials to the table, making the fresh looks more resilient than ever. Take it from us in Phoenix, the outdoor furniture is no place to skimp on the design – and with the selection presented this year, that shouldn’t be a problem.
With the constant stream of technology announcements in today’s digital world, it’s easy to miss tech updates that impact manufacturing, durability, and implementation of common décor elements. Carpet is a big-ticket item specified on a majority of hospitality design projects, and its importance cannot be understated. This year’s presentation of carpet solutions met the challenge head-on, delivering carpeting options that capitalized on impressive advances in production technology, translating to a strong selection for designers to choose from.
“I feel as though the colors and saturations presented this year, from woven carpets to prints, departed from stark trends that have become stale in multiple markets,” Chilton stated. “With the expansion of capabilities in designing a carpet, manufacturers have given designers the gift of endless possibilities. Our designers can more easily adapt to the level of imagination appropriate when developing schemes, from printing a portrait directly onto carpet, to creating a handwoven forest with tufted rugs.”
Reality in Design
As many in the A/E/C industry have been anticipating, the use of Virtual Reality in the design process is taking hold. This was abundantly clear at this year’s HD Expo, with a number of vendors exhibiting VR solutions that would allow for designing, decorating and touring all within the virtual environment.
The ability to design, select products and even print a copy of the VR experience was particularly notable. 360 cameras have also come into their own, particularly as prices become more affordable on base models for this solution. That being said, there is no rival to the immersive experience of VR, especially when conveying a design concept to a client or potential guest.
At the end of the day, feedback from this year’s HD Expo has been positive all around. A strong showing from vendors makes for a great year ahead, full of exciting projects. We look forward to continued advances in our industry, and seeing everyone in 2018!
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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.
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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SCOTTSDALE, AZ June 10, 2016—MONOGRAM at BBGM, an internationally distinguished interior design firm based in Scottsdale, AZ, with an office in Washington, DC recently announced that there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony today at 5pm at the Paséa Hotel & Spa. The hotel is located at 21080 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA. The opening party will begin at 6:30pm.
MONOGRAM began their designs for the project in 2014 and it involved 241 guestrooms, eight suites and one penthouse suite. The hotel offers several amenities including a spa, two restaurants, and a roof-top pool.
Huntington Beach is an emerging area rich in culture and offers many outdoor activities. The hotel’s owners are hoping that Paséa’s proximity to the pier and Surf City will draw some of the 16 million visitors the area receives each year. The hotel received high praise before it even opened its doors as CNN included it on its list of Best New Coastal Hotels.
“The hotel’s design celebrates the culture and the magnificent views of Huntington Beach,” said Kathryn Mickel, Principal at MONOGRAM. “We wanted to offer luxurious coastal living with clean lines and elegant materials. Our designs incorporate the local area’s charm and were based on our interpretation of a modern California beach house.”
Paséa Hotel & Spa is owned by Pacific Hospitality Group and R.D. Olson Development. MONOGRAM worked alongside several designers and architects who worked on various areas of the project.
Since 1987, BBGM, an internationally distinguished architecture and interior design firm based in Washington DC, has made a name for itself providing innovative hospitality, residential, and workplace design to its clients worldwide. BBGM’s merger last year with MONOGRAM has deepened the firm’s impact in the luxury hospitality industry, both domestically and internationally. With its location in Scottsdale, Arizona, MONOGRAM delivers to BBGM a tight knit team of seasoned design professionals and a portfolio that ranges from guestrooms at Lansdowne VA, spas in Hawaii and casinos in Aruba, to luxury villas in Dubai.
Design Director Melba Santos is the most recent featured designer on Design Manifestos. The interview grants readers a more personal perspective on discovering her voice, sources of design inspiration and her rise a prominent designer.
On discovering her voice as a designer
After graduating, I worked in the International Retail/ Restaurant Mixed-Use field and was lucky enough to be provided opportunities to explore creative problem solving in a team environment. It was this exchange of ideas that led me to pursue a collaborative environment that included continual mentorship from colleagues in Architecture and Interior Design.
From my broad exposure to design came a focus on the Hospitality and Restaurant industry, which I consider the time when I discovered my voice. I was hired by MONOGRAM (BBGM) because of my ability to “tell a story” through design and every story is different which keeps me challenged and energized. I understand that Hospitality and Restaurant design requires an all-encompassing approach as well as balance of technical and creative solutions to achieve a homogenous end result that can be appreciated by any given Brand, Client or Visitor.
Being a painter, the discovery of things beyond physical grasp has always intrigued me. I try to imagine who a guest will be before he/she leaves their home and what the experience will be like for them when they enter a space I have collaborated on.
Melba Santos is a Design Director and Senior Associate with MONOGRAM at BBGM, and has worked on prestigious hospitality projects around the world. Many of her recent projects have been featured in major publications and received praise from the design community, including Paséa Hotel & Spa, Irvine Spectrum Marriott and the Kansas City Marriott at Country Club Plaza.
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