If you are considering opening a small hotel or B&B, but are new to the hospitality industry and not sure what to do, it is important to take a number of things into consideration.
Of course the right location, arranging appropriate funding and other such concerns are important. Here however, I look into the aesthetics of a hotel; choosing the right hotel furniture for your venture is vital.
An Eye For A Bargain
You may feel inclined to invest in cheap hotel furniture with everything being new to you and you also not being sure of things. This is not advisable however. Low price products are not necessarily a bad thing, but you don’t want to sacrifice quality for a small saving. If you can find hotel furniture which is both reasonably priced, and also of a solid quality, then you will be helping yourself much more.
Of course, you want to look out for your own interests too, so shopping around for a good price on the furniture is par the course.
Sizing Things Up
The size of your hotel will also be something else to consider. If you are planning on opening a relatively large sized hotel, then you may want to ensure you find a company that offers to install the hotel furniture as well as providing it. On the other hand if you’re simply looking at opening a one or two room B&B you may feel you can handle this task by yourself.
If you are looking at a bigger building, you may also need to consider installing a bar or lounge area and a dining area. Of course these are considerations you will have no doubt made in preparation for your venture, but dining rooms, bars and lounges will obviously need an extra level of involvement too.
Typically a hotel will have a theme to it, so deciding on that is essential.
There are plenty of interesting and quirky boutique hotels out there, and obviously many more straight laced hotels too, so if you need inspiration you can do some research while on a trip away. The Internet means a quick query on a search engine will also deliver all manner of pictures and ideas for you to look into. As an example, if you’re hotel is located near the seaside, you may opt for a seaside theme.
Your design will ultimately depend upon who you are pitching it towards, is it holidaymakers, business types using the place as a stopover during a trip.
Revamps and Facelifts
It is important when looking at going into the hotel business that you realise regular refreshes and updates are essential. Establishing a good relationship with the firm that provides your hotel furniture could then prove to be clever move – allowing possible negotiation on prices and ensuring that, in case of replacements, the same items can usually be found without a panic to find a chair that fits in with the rest of the hotel’s décor.
Louisa Jenkins blogs on travel and the hospitality industry in general. She regularly takes a deeper look at the different types of hotel furniture.