When looking for a new hotel design, modern hotel architects must take into consideration a wide range of ideas and potential concepts. With the world changing so rapidly, climate change a real risk to people the world over, and overpopulation a concern in many urban areas, it is important that modern hotel design remains innovative and up to the challenge. A new hotel design must of course tick all of the traditional boxes of what a hotel should be in terms of location, desirability, comfort for the guests, and everything else that you have come to expect. Alongside that however must be new hotel design concepts that are innovative and are built to meet the challenges of the future head on.

One area in which hotel architects are making a difference with a view to a sustainable future is with the new hotel design concept of eco-hotels, or at the very least eco-friendly hotels. The benefits of modern and sustainable architecture for new hotel design ideas is that so far, the evidence is overwhelmingly positive. Those hotels that have made a real push in recent years to promote as sustainable enterprises are more likely to have customers that return to them time and again, and customers that are more likely to refer the hotel to friends and families looking for somewhere to stay in the future. As more people see the need for a sustainable future in all aspects of their lives, a conscious eco-hotel can stand out as a respectable way to enjoy a holiday or overnight stay.

Hotel architects are tasked with designing hotels that are genuinely sustainable (and not just paying lip service to the idea of sustainability and an eco-hotel business concept), and this is a smart move for hotel owners. A hotel designed to be eco-friendly will most likely have lower running costs through a simple switch to renewable energy sources and in turn growing hotel profits.

This isn’t to say that hotels should forgo the needs of the customers, far from it and this should always be the primary focus, but this can be done within a framework of sustainability and a desire to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the hotel as a whole. An approach of sustainability should not be the sole practice of ‘destination’ resorts in conservation areas, it can also be a view taken in the midst of a massive urban environment.

The challenges of the environment and how we live and work day-to-day are there to stay. Hotel architects can find innovative ways to design hotels that help to reduce the reliance on traditional fossil fuels for example. When you put this alongside daily human practices such as restricted water use through a request of customers to only change bedding and towels when needed and not every day, and you can see quickly how all the little processes and actions can add up to a much greater whole.