A hotel is no longer just a place to lay down your head for the night. The modern hotel is awash with luxurious features that provide an unforgettable guest experience, with unprecedented standards of hospitality from hotel staff who are committed to delivering supreme levels of service. This infographic from Ard na Sidhe Country House looks at some of the emerging hotel guest trends which could become commonplace over the next couple of years.
Customisation has become a key ingredient of the hotel experience. Guests want to have control over as many elements of their stay as possible, including everything from the itineraries on offer to the menus and mealtimes, and even the colour of their room décor. Some higher-end hotels now have ‘smart rooms’ which can adapt the lighting and temperature to a guest’s mood by reading their biorhythm, an extraordinary development which even five years ago would have seemed far-fetched.
The provision of customer feedback has also evolved substantially in recent years. Gone are the days of physical comment cards that are completed upon checking out of a hotel. Today, guests will readily take to online review websites and social media to deliver their verdict on the accommodation. While that increases the pressure on hotels to deliver a top-class guest experience, it also offers them the opportunity to act upon negative feedback so that an unsatisfactory stay could be turned into a good one.
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Transcript for Who is the hotel guest of 2020 infographic
Technology has massively influenced service provision industries, few more so than the hospitality sector. With guests now able to enjoy an unprecedented level of personalization, what expectations could be asked of hotels in 2020?
“I want a fully customized experience.”
- Hotel guests now desire customisation with almost every aspect of their stay, from transportation to bed features and the aspect of their room windows. This extends to specifying what facilities they wish to utilise on a given day, e.g. a pre-defined meal for two on their 1st night, a spa visit on day 2, a round of golf on day 3, etc.
- Many hotels now have reservation systems which are sufficiently advanced so that guests can have almost any amenity or service packaged and delivered to their specifications.
“I want to share my feelings now, not at the end of my stay.”
- Guests will no longer wait until they’re checking out to provide feedback on their stay. They want to express their feelings in the moment, for better or for worse.
- Hoteliers are learning to capture moments as they happen through videos or ‘mood snaps’, with this feedback directed straight to the general manager of a hotel.
- The feedback can then be used to provide an instant remedy to guest dissatisfaction so that a disappointing stay can be rescued, or it can serve to highlight what a hotel is doing right so that they can continue to perform highly for these factors.
“I want all my needs to be served with just one ID.”
- Many guests have grown weary of needing to carry several forms of identification with them for checking into a hotel.
- In 2020, more hotels will facilitate the use of a single virtual fingerprint which guests can use for everything that requires identification and customisation (e.g. check-in and check-out, room configuration, transactions).
- This ID is non-replicable and works through RFID encryption and DNA-based identification. It contains layers of information which, at the user’s discretion, can be made available to other entities if needed.
“I want instant human assistance.”
- As much as hotel guests embrace technology, they still want help from a human instead of a machine, as humans can empathise with the details of a guest’s query and resolve these with a personal touch instead of churning out a generic answer.
- Hotels are introducing omnipresent service lines where, through a mobile device or projection panels in their room, guests can communicate live with a hotelier who’s capable of fielding any query they might have. Also, this service will be accessible 24/7, so the scenario of trying to ‘catch’ a human response within a specified time frame will soon be history.
- This approach retains the much sought-after human element while also making effective use of technological advances.
“I want a ‘smart’ room.”
- Hotel rooms have ceased to be places where guests simply utilise a bed for the night. We are now in an era where guests like to stay in hotel rooms that contain a range of nanotechnological features.
- From adapting to a guest’s preferred colour and design scheme to self-cleaning and adapting to a temperature and lighting mood that corresponds with guests’ biorhythm, ‘smart’ hotel rooms stop at nothing to make guests feel satisfied and pampered down to every last detail.
“I want to have my input into the menus.”
- Guests should no longer be required to settle for the predetermined menus offered by hotels. With many guests having clear gastronomic wishes, some hotels are now welcoming the input of guests in creating their own palate and having it served to them.
- The ‘intelligent menu’ allows guests all the scope they need to suggest their own preferences and ingredients while also making recommendations based on guests’ health and tastes.
- As well as deciding what to eat, guests can also be given free rein over mealtimes, instead of being restricted to specified hours for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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