Adam and Larry Mogelonsky | February 7, 2024
By Adam Mogelonsky, Larry Mogelonsky Renovations are necessary, but so is controlling expenses. This can often lead to value-engineering where every element needs a quantifiable justification towards revenue performance. And yet, hotels don’t quite work that way. Even as data scientists, revenue managers and the like extol their metrics as the be-all and end-all of operational success, true hospitality nevertheless perseveres as an artform. The lobby is one such area where emotions run high and there’s no clear line between capex and profit. Numerous properties that are already in, or aspire to be in, the hospitality hall of fame ha...
Larry and Adam Mogelonsky | May 25, 2022
By Larry and Adam Mogelonsky In the current travel recovery scenario, first impressions are everything. It isn’t just about maximizing new arrivals during the rapidly inbound summer peak season but ensuring that your property creates a lasting memory so that you are considered for a return visit. With lots of amenities curtailed during the pandemic, hotels must now rethink the physicality of the onsite experience so that positive sentiments are instilled, and this starts at the entranceway then continues into the lobby area. Remember that so many of us are just now emerging from our pandemic caves. Many of us crave the bustle and glam...
Frances Kiradjian | August 1, 2018
By Frances Kiradjian Hotel lobbies have evolved from portals where travelers are introduced to their lodging accommodations to places people gather to immerse themselves in culture and merriment. The evolution of the hotel lobby has been gradual, but the proliferation of lifestyle and boutique properties have shifted the design away from clinical hotel lobbies. Much like the sitting room in your childhood home where sitting was forbidden, lobbies formerly existed to curate good first impressions, and not much else. Nowadays, the opposite is true. Highly designed lobbies are more prevalent than ever before, but design has evolved to faci...
Benoit Gateau-Cumin | October 26, 2017
By Benoit Gateau-Cumin Have you noticed, in recent years, that little "je ne sais quoi" that feels so familiar when you step into the lobby of a luxe hotel? Is it that all the beautiful women are exquisitely made up and perfumed? Or does it feel more like getting off the elevator at Neiman Marcus' cosmetics floor? Your olfactory senses are hijacked by the cacophony of fragrances at Neiman Marcus: they are there to "perfume" you, hoping you will like and buy. The chic hotel has a totally different approach and goal: it wants to seduce you, to relax you, to make you happy, maybe giddy, to make you feel plush. You feel like inhaling deeply...
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