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August 29, 2019

Tech-driven transformations in new DBR Hotels

By Eloise Mclennan

The next era of digital innovation in hotels may be on the horizon following the news that InterContinental Shenzhen, Shenzhen Telecom and Huawei signed a strategic cooperation agreement to create the world’s first 5G smart hotel. Could this spark a wave of similar technological developments across the hospitality industry? We find out more about the potential of 5G in hotels.

Also, we take a look at a mattress-free alternative to the traditional bed and mattress combo, explore the biggest trends paving the way in flooring, examine the promise of augmented reality in hotels, and check in to see how the floatel concept has been realised around the world.

Plus, we take a trip to the year 2119 to explore Hilton’s vision for the hotel of the future, take a look inside the redesigned Great Scotland Yard Hotel, and review eyecatching examples of street art and murals making waves in hotel design.


In this issue

One giant leap: the potential impact of 5G on the hotel industry The Intercontinental Shenzhen in China recently revealed it is to become the world’s first 5G smart hotel, having signed an agreement with telecoms giant Huawei. Promising guests everything from 5G robots to VR rowing machines, could this signal a new dawn in the digital transformation of hotels? Ross Davies reports. Read more.

A novel idea for sleepy guests: mattress-free beds There are few things as important to a hotel guest as getting a good night’s sleep. Patrick Kingsland takes a look at Ammique’s new mattress-free sleep system, which provides an alternative to the traditional bed and mattress combo. Read more.

Floorings: the biggest trends paving the way in hotels As a prominent part of interior design, flooring can add to the overall appeal of a hotel. Patrick Kingsland takes a look at the biggest flooring trends hitting the hotel industry Read more.

A new digital frontier? The promise of augmented reality in hotels In enhancing the physical environment of a space, while providing guests with a realistic vision of location and room design, many hotels operators are now looking into the benefits of augmented reality. Ross Davies examines the technology and its potential to redefine the industry. Read more.

Floatels: an unusual way to hit the water Floating hotels are a novel trend that has captured the eye of those seeking picture-perfect locations to rest their head. We take a look at some of these Instagram-worthy locations. Read more.

The hotel of the future The world has changed significantly since Conrad Hilton purchased his first hotel in 1919. Now, to celebrate its centenary, the hotel chain is looking forward with a futuristic look at what hospitality could look like in the year 2119. We take a look at Hilton’s vision of the future. Read more.

From cuffs to comfort: inside the new Great Scotland Yard Hotel Once the famed home of coppers and criminals, 3-5 Scotland Yard in London has been revamped to offer a very different kind of guest experience. Now the site of the UK’s first hotel in The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand, we take a look at the new luxury offering. Read more.

A room with a view: the urban art bringing new life to hotel walls Urban art has adorned city streets for years, but now it is making its way into the hospitality space as hoteliers look to tap into the popularity of wall murals with unique statement pieces that add extra visual appeal for guests. We take a look at some of the most unusual and eyecatching examples of street art in hotels. Read more.

Next issue –December 2019

In the next issue of Design & Build Review Hotels, out in December, we find out what it takes to transform an ageing historic building into a luxury hotel and examine core practices that hoteliers can employ to protect guest data.

Also, we take a look at a new wave of hotels being transformed into vibrant social spaces for both guests and local communities, check in with the capsule hotel trend, and review Hayri Atak’s vision of boutique hotel suspended over a cliff edge.

Plus, we examine the plans for 25hours’ first hotel in Italy, take a look at BIG’s plant-covered design for the H C Andersen Hotel at Tivoli Gardens amusement park in Copenhagen, and hop on board the ‘ Halcyon’ to find out what the Star Wars themed hotel has in store for guests at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

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