Meeting the Challenges of Hotel Design (Part 2)

by | Apr 11, 2020

We wrote last month about how the right hotel design can improve your staff’s outlook and create a memorable guest experience, and of course, those are incredibly important.  However, we know that times are tough right now for the hospitality industry.  Hotels are feeling the brunt of the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak and something like a redesign can seem frivolous.  However, partnering with the right interior designer can actually prove to be a sound financial decision, especially in times of low-occupancy.

Lowering Your Costs

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As a hotelier, all decisions need to be reviewed from a financial standpoint. You, of course, want to protect your investment.  In speaking with hotel owners and management, we have heard how overwhelming it can be to receive your PIP report and see the items that need to be brought up to brand standard.  How can the right interior design, prepared by the right interior designer, help manage your costs?

If you’re renovating as directed by a PIP, then we are carefully reviewing that report to see what items are subjective to determine where decisions can be made to lower costs. We create designs with sustainability and longevity in mind.  What does that mean in practical terms? We choose materials that are durable, that will be able to withstand the heavy use a hotel sees. 

There is nothing worse than seeing pictures of a clearly dated room, with a dated design to match.  Our designs are classic and timeless, meant to be appealing for years to come.  We love using pops of colour, but we use them in soft pieces, like pillows, or easily replaceable items like artwork.

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Making Lemonade Out of Lemons

If you are required to do a refresh to comply with brand standards, you may be thinking that the timing could not be worse.  However, we disagree.  Renovations, while necessary, are disruptive.  It’s unpleasant to have to post signs asking your guests to pardon the appearance, construction mess, noise, etc.  You guests are quick to comment online when a project is impacting their stay.

A period of low-occupancy is the best time to take on a refresh or even a full renovation.  The disruption to your guests will be minimal, if there is any disruption at all.   It will be easier to coordinate the different tradespeople and complete the project at a quicker pace than usual.


We are hopeful that this pandemic comes to an end soon and until then, we are ready to support our partners in the hospitality industry any way we can.


At Lesley Wong Interiors, our team has worked within the hospitality industry and designed for it.  We have the knowledge and experience to create a design that will impress your guest and work within your budget. Since we are a boutique firm, we offer high-level service and design at a price-point that is attainable for all hotel owners. 

We would love to talk more about how we can help you can meet your hotel’s challenges – contact us below to set up a time to speak.

LESLEY WONG, Principal Designer

Lesley is committed to continuously keeping up with ever-changing trends and technology. But as every decorator knows, there’s no greater opportunity for learning than on-the-job experience. Lesley has worked in hospitality, commercial and residential projects and enjoys crafting customized and beautiful environments for her clients.

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