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Hotel Coffee Trends: What Do Guests Want Now?

Modern guestrooms are losing a lot of things: Closets. Desks. Even dressers. But what about the coffeemaker? Is that an essential amenity, or an unneeded luxury?

This turns out to be a subject for passionate debate among frequent travelers. Some can’t live without in-room coffee. Others prefer to get their fix in the lobby. One thing’s clear: most guests believe complimentary caffeine is a constitutional right. Here’s how to keep them happy.

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Topics: Trends, Coffee, Hotel guests, Featured

2016 Hospitality Trends: Mobile, Millennials and Market Share

Curious about the hospitality trends shaping 2016? Come, peer into our crystal ball — although with all the shakeups in the industry, it's looking more like a crystal snow globe. From the growth of AirBnB to the explosion in hotel brands, here's what you need to know for the year ahead.

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Topics: Trends, Millennials, Hospitality

Designing guestrooms for millennial travelers

Hotel chains are constantly upgrading rooms to look modern and fresh. Goodbye, flowered comforters, brass lamps and pastel watercolors; hello, crisp triple-sheet bedding, extra power outlets and granite vanities.

But that's what's now; what comes next? The desires of millennial travelers are drastically altering the standards for hotel rooms and guest service.

Here are the trends and ideas that are shaping the guestroom of the future.

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Topics: Trends, Hotel Management, Room amenities, Hotel guests, Millennials, Featured

Beyond room service: wowing guests without the silver tray

In the summer of 2013, the New York Hilton Midtown—the largest hotel in New York City—announced it would no longer offer room service. The decision shocked some guests who have come to associate the silver tray with luxury hotels, but it only confirmed what hospitality professionals have known for some time: room service is rarely profitable.

Room service contributes just 1.22 percent of a hotel's average revenues as of 2012, according to PKF Hospitality Research. That represents about $3.25 per occupied room. Not only that, but room service requires a significant staffing commitment.

Guests still need to eat—and they don't always want to commit to a full-service meal. But large hotels in urban environments, where takeout choices abound, can step back from their obligation to provide 24-hour dining, HotelNewsNow.com's Jeff Higley told Entrepreneur magazine. Hotels are coming up with novel ways to give business travelers and others easy dining options.

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Topics: Trends, Room Service, Hotel Management, Hotel guests, Featured, Hospitality

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