The Hotel Inspector 2013 - (Page 44)

WORDS: Jessie Bland business The Corinthia Hotel, London LOBBYING FOR CHANGE T Gone are the days of the stagnant lifeless lobby. In its place stand living, breathing areas where entertainment and socialising is de rigeur. Meet the new-and-improved hotel lobby... 044 he hotel lobby is currently undergoing a metamorphosis. Once the intimidating first step into a luxurious establishment for hotel guests only, it’s now a social arena for guests and locals alike to convene, to eat, to drink, to connect. As technology far outpaces the spaces that we have, up until now, allotted for certain activities (in this case, the receptionists' area and check-in desks), it comes as little surprise that the welcome hall which is the lobby is evolving accordingly. The transformation of the lobby, then, is as much existential as it is architectural. The way we are living is changing – every day – and the constant quest for a ‘third place’ (a term coined by Starbucks) that bridges work and home is claiming refuge in the hotel lobby. This movement is hospitality-wide: both small boutiques and global five-star chains are embracing the new-feel and new-look lobby. THE HOTEL INSPECTOR 44-46 lobby.FINAL.indd 44 2/1/13 15:07:38

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Hotel Inspector 2013

Alex's welcome
News bulletin
Statement pieces
Series round up
Gym & Spas
Fine dining
Kitchen matters
Energy efficiency
Food management
Cooking equipment
Technology upgrade
App integration
Renewable energy
The Hospitality Show
Hospitality Technology Expo
Business supplies
Hotel management
Global clients
The 10 best hotels
AA interview
Hotels of the future

The Hotel Inspector 2013