This is the description of one of the winning ideas of our 2016 Future of Hospitality contest.
I envision the future hotel room as being completely modular. We already see a growing trend of adaptable furniture that fits every space and lifestyle. The concept I propose unites all these innovations with interactive technology.
Peter opens his hotel room front door with his smartphone. The bedroom is empty. Facing the entrance, is a full length window to a stunning 2050 ultra-modern city view. Peter walks through a small corridor and before reaching the inside of the bedroom, a transparent screen pops up in front of him. A voice asks: “Hello Peter, welcome to Hotel 2050, What would you like to do?”. The menu on the screen list some options” “Sleep”, “Work”, “Fitness”.
Peter selects “Work”.
The Voice confirms: “Please stand by while I arrange your room for Work”.
In the middle of the room, a conference table emerges slowly from the floor. Four chairs roll out from the back wall and arrange themselves around the table. A projector slides down from the ceiling to the center of the table. A screen appears on the wall in front of the table with the mention “Initiating Video Conference”. A panel opens from the side wall unveiling a transparent minibar, as well as coffee, tea making facilities and some snacks. The door rings and three people enter the room. They sit with Peter around the table while the business meeting starts.
The meeting is over, Peter escorts his guests to the door. He then stands at the same location as earlier. The transparent screen reappears. The Voice continues: “I hope you had a nice meeting, what would you like to do next?”.
Peter selects “Fitness”.
The Voice confirms: “Please stand by while I arrange your room for Fitness”
The previous “Work” setup clears up by itself and all pieces return to their initial location. The room is empty again.
In the middle of the room, and facing the window, a treadmill and an Elliptical trainer unfold, surfacing from the floor. A panel slides from the side wall revealing a series of dumbbells. Peter is now standing on the treadmill mat. A band like transparent screen is unfolding around Peter’s head, who is running in the middle of a wonderful countryside scenery.
At the end of his workout and after a shower, Peter walks out of the bathroom and stops before the transparent screen. The Voice: “Did you have a good workout? What would you like to do next?”.
He selects “Sleep”.
The Voice continues: “Please select your bed configuration”. The menu on the screen shows “Double” or “Twin”. Peter select “Double”. The Voice confirms: “Please stand by while I arrange your room for Sleep”.
The empty room is slowly fills up with the double bed sliding out from the back wall. A sofa is emerging from the bed foot board. A panel slides from the side wall unveiling a Minibar and a “Cocktail station”. The wall in front of the bed transforms into a huge TV screen, curtains shut down and lights dim. Peter is now laying down on the sofa holding a Martini and watching a 3D movie through a transparent screen floating in front of him.