241 | Let’s Stay Together: New design concepts connect small-group travelers and local communities


In the 19th and early-20th centuries, hotels in America offered more than room and board. They defined a community by attracting crowds to their lobbies and restaurants and establishing themselves as vital centers of civic life, writes A.K. Sandoval-Strausz, author of “Hotel: An American Story.”

“Hotels,” writes Sandoval-Strausz, “were points of contact between local communities and the larger society beyond.”

As the saying goes, “Everything old is new again.”

Modern-day hotels are returning to the communal spirit that early accommodations depended on to attract business from travelers and locals alike.

In today’s episode of Lodging Leaders, we explore the concept of shared space and spotlight companies answering travelers’ quests for more communal experiences – both in their rooms and in the hotel’s common areas.

We hear from Clay Markham, head of the global hospitality sector at CallisonRTKL. We also feature Jason Fudin, CEO of WhyHotel; Philip Bates, CEO of Bode; and Mike Mueller, senior vice president of Super 8 Hotels at Wyndham Hotel Group.

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