Published on : Thursday, March 22, 2018
But popularity risks frustrating guests, who may be forced to retreat to their rooms, which has led to an expansion of guest-only areas like meeting spaces, libraries, quiet rooms and bars.
For hotel operators, these private spaces are similar to the concierge-floor perks, where guests pay a premium for access to a lounge with business facilities and food.
The meeting facilities, available to guests and members, include a boardroom and work tables.
There is no fee to access the room, furnished with an armchair and reading lamp, which provides a moment of privacy.
Hotel libraries stake out territory between boardrooms and meditation rooms, exclusively giving guests a shared residential-style room to relax in.
The Betsy-South Beach in Miami Beach added a library in December 2016 when it expanded. The Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia furnishes its 25th-floor library in a 1929-vintage building with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, binoculars and tufted leather chairs.
The guests-only library at the Faena Hotel Miami Beach includes cocktail service. Credit the trend to millennial travelers, said Chekitan S Dev, a professor of marketing at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.
Millennial are interested in private spaces which can be secluded, giving them a feeling of exclusivity, while at the same time public, in that they can socialize with a group of friends.