Navigating Seasonal Renovation Challenges in Hotel Design

by | Jun 18, 2024

For hotels with a seasonal clientele, such as those located in ski resorts, the process of implementing design renovations comes with unique challenges. Lesley Wong Interiors understands the intricacies of working within these constraints and offers insights on how to navigate these challenges effectively.

 

Timing is Everything

When your hotel’s peak season runs from December to April, the window for renovations is limited to the off-season months from May to October. This tight timeline can make it challenging to complete extensive renovations without disrupting operations.

  • Managing the Timeline: The construction phase needs to be meticulously planned to fit within this narrow timeframe. Delays in the ski season’s end or an early start can complicate logistics. A longer ski season might encroach on renovation time, while a shorter one can impact funding availability.

 

Logistics and Location

Hotels situated in remote or mountainous regions face additional logistical hurdles. The delivery of supplies and FF&E (Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment) can be particularly challenging during certain seasons, especially in adverse weather conditions.

  • Supply Chain Coordination: Ensuring that all materials arrive on time requires careful coordination with suppliers and a deep understanding of the local climate and transportation limitations. This often means ordering supplies well in advance and having contingency plans for potential delays.

 

The Importance of Planning

Successful renovation projects in seasonal hotels hinge on comprehensive planning. Starting the planning process well in advance is crucial to ensure a smooth execution.

  • Backward Planning: Begin by setting a completion date and work backwards to determine key milestones. For instance, if you aim to complete the installation by October 2024, planning should ideally start in January 2023. This timeline should include design finalization, ordering of materials, and scheduling of construction activities.
  • Commit to the Design: Once the design is finalized, it’s essential to avoid frequent changes. Each modification can lead to delays and increased costs. Trusting the process and making decisions based on strategic planning and analytics can help keep the project on track.

 

Strategic Decision Making

Renovation projects should be driven by a strategic vision and backed by analytical insights. This approach ensures that decisions are not only aesthetically pleasing but also financially and logistically sound.

  • Data-Driven Choices: Using data to guide design and implementation decisions can provide a clear roadmap and minimize uncertainties. Whether it’s choosing materials that are readily available or designs that can be executed within the given timeframe, strategic decision-making is key.

 

Conclusion

Renovating a hotel with a seasonal clientele requires a delicate balance of timing, logistics, and strategic planning. At Lesley Wong Interiors, we specialize in navigating these challenges to deliver exceptional results that enhance the guest experience without disrupting your business operations. By planning meticulously, coordinating effectively, and making strategic decisions, we ensure that your renovation project is completed on time and to the highest standards.

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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