In the introduction of his book, “Hotel, an American History,” A.K. Sandoval-Strausz writes: “The hotel as we know it today did not evolve randomly or naturally, nor did it develop as some sort of automatic response to structural needs. Rather, it was the deliberate creation of an identifiable group of people who lived in a specific place and time.”
Hotels, he writes, are an artifact of an epochal shift, an important period in history. At the same time, the hotel is a microcosm of key challenges of modern life.
In the year 2020, we are living in an unprecedented, and therefore historical time.
America’s hotels are telling the stories of the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the economy and the people who depend on a thriving hospitality industry for their welfare.
It is the hotel’s designers who help tell a story through branding, architecture and interior design.
This episode of Lodging Leaders explores what designers are doing to help hoteliers reimagine their properties in an age of heightened consumer awareness of health and wellness.
We feature Alpa Patel, founder and CEO of Spaceez, a web-based interior design company that caters to motels and hotels in the economy and midscale segments; Patti Tritschler, founder and CEO of Interior Image Group, an interior designer for branded and boutique hotels; Roger Hill, CEO of The Gettys Group, and his colleague Ron Swidler, the global hotel design firm’s chief innovation officer; and Steve Palmer, managing partner at The Indigo Road Hospitality Group, who focuses on the company’s restaurants and F&B concepts.
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More than 1,700 hotels in the U.S. closed in spring 2020 at the height of the coronavirus pandemic. At the end of August, 1,200 were closed, reported Kalibri Labs. Meantime, 840 new hotels opened last year and 900 are on track to open this year, according to Lodging Econometrics. Episode 337 of Lodging Leaders explores the challenges owners faced in reopening closed hotels as well as what owners and operators did to ramp up business at hotels that were at such low levels of occupancy, they might as well have been closed. We also feature owners who opened new properties during the pandemic. One owner we interviewed opened two new hotels while doing what it took to keep his existing properties in business. This report is part of our ongoing coverage of the coronavirus crisis and its impact on the hospitality industry.
As America approaches the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on its homeland, Lodging Leaders explores the impact 9/11 had on the U.S. travel sector. We feature hotel industry leaders who were on duty that fateful day and can recall the shock of the attacks, how they cared for frightened guests and how the event changed hotel operations. They also draw parallels to the coronavirus crisis and remind listeners of the resiliency of the nation’s hospitality industry.