When refurbishing an older hotel or Bed & Breakfast, or building one from new, there are many elements to consider in making your guest rooms ready for use. There are essentially two different ways you can go, bespoke or best-value for money, or even a combination of the two. This article will take a brief look at what you should consider, whichever direction you choose.
Bespoke design means fitting out each room to a unique design style. This can be costly, because you will have to source items individually and so possibly as a consequence lose any bulk-purchasing power. There is a growing trend for boutique hotels, however, and bespoke is almost a prerequisite for this market. Here, it’s important to think about who your guests are, what they will expect and what they will be comfortable with. Your own taste can be your worst enemy here, because you may not represent in any way your guests and their tastes. Research is the key, if you plan to go bespoke.
If budget is a higher priority then you can consider combining elements of bespoke design with high quality purchases from a specialist supplier. This can take much of the worry out of the process, because a specialist will be able to advise you on Fire Safety Regulations and which products meet the requirements of the law for sleeping accommodation.
Buying all your essentials from a single source will also save you time and money, because specialist suppliers will offer better value than even online stores selling to the general public. There is also the question of re-supply, because multiple use demands multiple re-supply. Buying from a specialist will offer much more certainty in re-supply, and again better value.
When you talk to a supplier, thoroughly prepare a check-list first and then you will be armed and ready for whichever direction the negotiation takes. In general, it’s the more you buy the better the deal. Bed linen, cushions, curtains and towels are the obvious items for your check-list, but within these categories there are specific categories that shouldn’t be overlooked from black-out curtain linings to towel weights that match the quality of your accommodation.
Then there are the essentials that may not be so enjoyable to shop for, but form a necessary element in any guest room. Folding luggage racks are expected by many guests and these should match the décor of the room. Clothes hangers are vital and cheap ones that you may think can be recycled from your own shopping can send quite a negative message. Wooden hangers are really the only hangers suitable for multiple use, and you might want to consider those with a security rod and plastic security clips for hanging onto the clothes rail.
Whether designing on a budget or going for the bespoke look, there are definite benefits to taking a long look at your shopping list and deciding which items can be bought in bulk.