Column: Hotels need to wake up rooms despite challenges

02/20/2013 | 4Hoteliers

Hotels can revitalize their hotel rooms by offering unusual configurations, adding built-in furniture features, decluttering and putting fewer barriers between the bathroom and sleeping area. "For decades hotel rooms have generally included the same standard layout, with the enclosed bathroom (with shower over tub) in the corner of the room adjacent to the entrance, the wardrobe and mini bar area in the entrance hall, and a room with the bed facing a desk area and TV console. A loose armchair with a small coffee table is usually at the window facing the bed. Windows are usually sealed with two layers of drapes," writes Deirdre Renniers, an interior designer.

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