A well-planned hotel guest room has a significant effect on customer satisfaction during a stay. How you arrange the typical room elements makes a big difference in whether your guests have a pleasant visit or find the room crowded or awkward. The room layout has become so important that some hotels now post their floor plans for potential guests to review prior to booking.Read More
In general, a hotel room floor plan looks to create comfort, convenience, and a home-away-from-home feel. While all guests will appreciate a good-quality bed, well-placed lighting, and a location to store clothing, there's more to a good layout than that. To take your hotel room floor plan to the next level, we've gathered some top tips on how to create a hotel room layout that guests will love.
In planning the layout or floor plan, be sure to consider your typical guest and their needs.
Business travelers. This type of guest often prefers a king or queen-size bed, a work area with convenient power, and good lighting. It's also nice to include a full-length mirror so that your business travelers can make sure they are dressed for success as they head out the door.
There is no official standard for hotel room sizes, and they can vary greatly depending on the country and city in which they are located, plus the category (budget/luxury) and type of room. Hotel rooms in a popular and dense city are usually smaller than those in the suburbs. Hotel rooms in Europe tend to be smaller, on average, than in the United States. According to USA Today, the average hotel room/bathroom combination in the US is roughly 325 square feet (about 30 m2) with interior dimensions of approximately 13 feet x 25 feet (4m x 7.6m).
Room type can affect the size of the room, with standard rooms usually smaller than deluxe suites. Here are some typical room types and sizes, starting from smaller up to larger spaces.
Standard room - often have a king bed or two queens/doubles.
Deluxe room - while they usually have the same amount of beds as a standard room, they tend to be a bit larger and may have a better view.
Junior Suite - offers a living area, such as a sofa, side chair, and coffee table, plus a bedroom area in the same large room.
Suite - usually has one or more separate bedrooms connected to a living room.
There is a recognizable hotel room layout for a rectangular room. A guest opens the entry door and walks past a bathroom and closet into the main room, which contains a bed on one side and a dresser/TV on the other. Past the bed are the windows or a balcony. This floor plan works well in a hotel room that is about 12-13 ft (4m) wide so that there is a reasonable aisle between the foot of the bed and the dresser.
Beyond the standard floor plan above, hotel room layout possibilities are virtually endless, depending on your room shape, size, and budget. As you create or review floor plans, it's a good idea to keep these regular activities and elements in mind:
Sleeping. A good quality bed is one of the most important components of a hotel room layout. After you've placed the bed, it's nice to add a bedside table on each side of the bed for guests to put a water cup, glasses, and reading material. Room darkening draperies allow guests to sleep in as long as they like.
Grooming. Many hotels stand out by offering well-designed and even spa-like bathrooms. A vanity sink with a generous counter allows guests to place their makeup bags and other accessories. If that's not a possibility, consider a shelf above a pedestal sink. Incorporate convenient power plugs for shavers or hair dryers. For the tub or shower, it's helpful to install a shelf for soap, shampoo, and conditioner. Remember to include several towel bars, racks, or hooks for the inevitable surplus of wet towels. A large vanity mirror with bright lighting is a good idea, as is another full-length mirror near the door.
Working/staying connected. A desk is an essential item of furniture to add to the floor plan for the business traveler. And any guest these days needs plenty of easy-to-access power plugs and charging ports.
Eating and drinking. Many hotel rooms will include a mini-fridge and a coffee maker. If so, add a small table for a quick meal or coffee. Another option is a larger table that can do double-duty as a desk or an eating area. Remember to include at least a chair or two. Ottomans are a flexible choice as they can be either a chair, a footrest, or even a bedside table.
Navigating the space. In an unfamiliar room, lighting is critical. Be sure to install a light switch for guests to use as soon as they enter the room. Closet lighting is helpful, as is bright bathroom lighting. Finally, bedside lamps are always appreciated so that guests can turn off the final light once they are in bed.
Storage. Nicer hotels will provide one or more luggage racks on which to place suitcases. If you expect guests to unpack for more extended visits, a dresser is practical. Finally, if space is available, provide a place to store empty luggage - for example, on an upper shelf in a closet.
With a bit of planning, you can create a hotel room that your guests will want to return to again and again.