Imagine what it might be like to stay in a hotel a century from now. Will robots replace current hotel staff and housekeepers? Will there be walls, furniture and fittings that talk to guests? While there is obviously no right or wrong answer, here are some predictions of what we might expect in the far away future.
Walls will predominantly be white, with soft furnishings also in matching light colours. This combination will make it easy for housekeepers to identify any items that need cleaning and replacement. In terms of lighting, there will be a sensor to detect the guest’s frame of mind so that the room’s brightness or colours can be adjusted accordingly. Of course, voice recognition will be the standard way to operate electrical items, so light switches and other appliances can be turned on or off through spoken commands.
Artwork will no longer come in the form of still paintings. Instead, it will be delivered via large digital display screens which allow guests to alter the images being displayed.
Furniture and layout
All furniture will be on wheels to make them mobile. Guests will be able to change the layout of the room to suit their needs.
Wardrobes and closets will be a thing of the past, as no one really unpacks fully anyway. Instead, guests can store their suitcase on open shelving and spacing.
Desks will also disappear, as hotels will offer dedicated public areas where people can work or use the future equivalent of today’s internet.
Given our love of technology, each boutique hotel room will be equipped with plenty of electrical outlets and may even come with chargers for all our gadgets.
Spa baths will become standard in hotel rooms, and our penchant for hygiene will see the toilet being segregated from the rest of the bathroom as much as possible.
Rooms will likely get smaller, as hotels seek to accommodate a higher number of guests. Hotel offerings may include “capsule-like” accommodation for guests who would like to take a brief nap or snooze only, as opposed to enjoying an overnight stay.