Trends we spotted | Week 10
At hospitalitytrends.eu we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the smaller trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.
This week, among other links to articles about the ‘Bar of Yes’ in London en IHOP (International House of Pancakes) created some fakenews with their IHOb rebranding! And KLM (our Royal Dutch Airline) is offering ‘Take-off tips’ through holographic travel kiosks.
We know that there are stunning hotel suites all over the world, but this suite in Las Vegas beats a lot! This suite at the Palms Casino resorts is decorated by the artist Damien Hirst. And a list of 10 great Escape Rooms from around the world with the rooms of ‘Sherlocked’ in Amsterdam on it!
We also spotted a Japanese Café that has robots as staff that are controlled by disabled people. And in the USA joins Pizza Hut forces with FedEx to explore the FedEx SameDay Bot for delivery.
Also: IKEA created an air purifying curtain, the GUNRID and KFC is crowdfunding its next marketing gimmick!
The Student Hotel is coming to Delft | Opening will be in the summer of 2020
The Student Hotel (TSH) with locations in Amsterdam (2), Eindhoven, Maastricht, Groningen, Rotterdam, The Hague, Barcelona, Paris, Florence and Dresden will open a new location in Delft next year. By the summer of 2020 this unique concept will have eight locations in the Netherlands.
Sonder | Airbnb-like apartment with the luxury of a hotel
Sonder, Airbnb-like apartments but with the luxury of a hotel. That’s how Sonder tries to fill a gap in the market. The difference is that Airbnb units are actually apartments from local residents while Sonder’s apartment-style units are owned by the company itself. This allows them to ensure that the quality stays high as standard and radiates the luxury of a hotel.
CleanseBot | World’s first bacteria killing robot
A revolutionary pocket-sized sanitizing robot with AI launched end 2018 from Ventur Studio. CleanseBot is an automated smart cleaning and disinfecting robot using UV-C lights to kill 99.99% of germs and bacteria with no mess and no chemicals. Their Kickstarter campaign last year pledged more than 1 million by 10,474 backers. We wonder when we’re going to hear from hotel owners that they spotted guests using the CleanseBot!
Flying Nest | Hotel concept by Accor Hotels for at unique locations
Last year AccorHotels launched their Flying Nest concept. With its bold design, this new concept of mobile and sustainable accommodation is in line with AccorHotels’ innovative approach of constantly rethinking tomorrow’s hospitality in response to a strong trend, that of guests expecting to enjoy exclusive and intense experiences.
Unique hotel rooms for large entertainment and sporting events anywhere in the world. That is what AccorHotels wants to achieve with their Flying Nest concept. Last year the concept had a successful pilot at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and won the award for ‘Best Innovation in Hotel Concept 2018’ at the World Wide Hospitality Awards. Meanwhile, the concept has already been at various events.
The World’s First ‘Vegan Suite’ | Hilton London Bankside
Following guest feedback, a vegan suite is now available for reservation at the design-led Hilton London Bankside. The suite, created in partnership with multi-sensory design experts Bompas & Parr and given the thumbs up by The Vegan Society, offers a vegan experience throughout, from a plant-based check-in desk and keycard to vegan-friendly bedding and eco-cotton carpet.
Free tampons and naps in the bathroom | Women love it!
Demi Poppe blogs about her experience with extra amenities, such as free tampons and naps in bathrooms. She and her friends greatly appreciated this welcoming gesture.
I regularly visit restaurants, cafés and bars with friends, either for lunch, dinner or just a nice cup of coffee. I recently visited Grandcafé ‘t Gerecht in Heerenveen (The Netherlands). One of my friends had to go to the toilet and she came back with a big smile! She said that there were free tampons and naps in the bathroom. So handy!
Horecatrends | Tips for Culinary videos worth watching – week 7
YouTube has been a source of inspiration for spotting trends past few years. Every day, thousands of movies are uploaded with new and interesting content. We too sometimes use videos as a source of inspiration to write about. With this week again a selection of videos which Vera Rauwerda thinks are cool to watch. Among other things, a video about 22 sustainable initiatives for a cleaner world, the reason why koi fish are so expensive and several facts about salmon that you didn’t know!
The Check Out Suite for Valentine’s Day | Check out from social media and check in at the screen free hotel room
Another hotel that plays with the social media addiction of many guests today! On 14 February guests of the ‘Check Out Suite’ have the chance to experience a unique hotel stay at Hotel Bellora in Gothenburg, Sweden. There’s only one condition – you need to put down your screens. They introduce the world’s first hotel room where the price is set according to how much you browse the web. Less browsing and more hanging out equals a better price. So, check-in, and then check-out! They want to encourage people that are staying in the hotel to spend more time together and less time looking at the phone screen. The Check Out Suite is an exciting concept that challenges our online behavior and incites us to spend more time together. Unfortunately the registration date has expired! Great way to increase your brand awareness!
Anne-Sophie Pic & Clare Smyth | International Women’s Day dinner
Although the International Women’s Day is celebrated on Friday the 8th of March, two of the world’s greatest chefs Anne-Sophie Pic and Clare Smyth will prepare and host a dinner in honor of it on Monday 11th March. The dinner will be held in restaurant ‘La Dame de Pic London’ at the Four Seasons Hotel London. Guests will be welcomed to celebrate women working in the restaurant industry. A great example for other female chefs! Why not celebrate the International Women’s Day 2020 with these kind of dinners or lunches to ask attention for women in the restaurant industry? Collaborate with other female chefs and you could even invite speakers about related subjects. To reach more people you might even start a new contest and choose for example ‘the female restaurant owner of the year’.