The Need to Have an Imposing Entrance Gateway
The very first sight of the entrance sets your mood for the stay at the hotel you have chosen. It helps you to close a business deal or decide the sightseeing trips for your holiday. It is the meeting hub for many visitors to the hotel and guides the visitors to various parts of the hotel.
Therefore it is essential for hoteliers to have an imposing and impactful gateway entrance to their hotel. This is you are one of the lucky ones to own a hotel, read on for some tips and ideas.
The hotel’s gateway entrance reflects the vision and the strategy of the brand. This gives a hint to the visitors about how the hotel looks like from inside. There are several categories of hotels like a five star, a boutique hotel, a standard three-star hotel, etc.
Many people gather here, so design it well to give enough space. Show openness to the area. Keep some distance between the doorway and the reception desk or the seating arrangement.
Make a layout, which is a blueprint, showing all the physical items that will be laid out. Look into the look and feel, doorways, reception, waiting for the lounge, etc. Go in detail on the colors, materials used, and the lighting. Plan this out with your budget and space available in mind.
Look and Feel
The look and feel of the entrance are essential. Visitors always glance around the place before approaching the reception desk. The entrance should display sophistication and luxury. Visitors to a hotel want and pay for this. Display the signage and the brand prominently. Place some fake decorative trees on either side to give it an individual or prominent place in the lobby.
- A beautiful theme based landscape attracts all visitors. There are many ideas for such themes for gateway entrances to choose from:
- A colonial oasis for a combination of culture and civilization
- Simple furniture in shades of white for modernity
- Scattered and tree-like lights on walls for futuristic looks
- Designer furniture highlighted walls and décor for elegance
- Modern and colorful decorations for a visionary style.
The entrance of the hotel cannot be complete without its reception area and waiting lounge. It is the busiest place where visitors gather and move in and out throughout the day. Have a deep color on the wall opposite the doorway to give it depth and volume. Emboss the name of the hotel. Follow the same color scheme as the main entrance lobby. Keep circulation space in between.
Decorate these areas with artworks. Place some books on lifestyles, fashion, health, fashion, etc. Dot the area with fake decorative trees, artificial coconut palm trees, commercial silk trees, etc.
Place the furniture on the sides and have an open central space. Have upholstered chairs and couches for visitors to relax. Use materials like silk, velvet, sheer drapes, neutral leathers, velvets accented with gold, silver, and copper touches, etc. Highlight the furniture by adding some greener like fake palm trees and large silk trees.
Have a fireplace in a corner if possible with carved stone mantles. Decorate the mantle with art pieces or elegant pottery. Do up the décor with elaborate plasterwork, historical fresco, gilt mirrors, and magnificent paintings. Add a dash of antiques and pretty pottery. Go in for a musical touch by hanging cutouts or real musical instruments. Play some soft and soothing music in the background.
For historic buildings and palaces converted into hotels, go for the historic look. Use dramatic designs and keep the colonial stone walls, arches, pillars, etc. Hang as much of old historic artwork and curious as you want. Use impressive gold leaf columns with floor to ceiling murals.
Work on some more beautiful details around these:
Visitors getting off the vehicle on the porch of the hotel decide about the hotel right then. Do up the porch right to make an impression and impact.
Place greenery using large outdoor artificial trees. There are several varieties available like outdoor artificial coconut palm trees, artificial apple corner display tree, bougainvillea flowering trees, fake outdoor palm trees, etc. These plants will make the gateway look green, beautiful, and elegant. The advantages of using these artificial plants are many. They don’t wither, wilt, or shed their leaves. They don’t require weeding, watering, or manuring. This saves manpower, time, money, and energy of cleaning up the mess created by real plants. These plants also look realistic and are fire retardant.
Most hotels have a flight of steps which lead to the entrance door. Have sensor sliding or swing doors. Revolving doors prevent cool air from escaping outside and keep out external noise and dust from coming in. You can choose:
- a vintage door for a historic hotel
- a comfortable doorway for a boutique hotel
- a modern or trendy style for a designer hotel Some ideas for decorating circular revolving doorways are:
- colored changing LED strips for brightness
- contemporary mirrors with shiny stainless steel
- canopies in polished, lacquered, or brass finish
A well and brightly lit entrance or gateway is a must. Highlight the ceiling with chandeliers according to the size of the entrance. Make the place look luxurious and spacious. Allow natural light in through large bay windows or stained glass windows.
Stairways and Flooring
Hotels have stairways leading to the floor above. Have grand wooden flooring on the steps and hand-carved wooden, or shiny and polished brass or stainless steel railings?
Marble stairs and marble floorings add elegance. Keep them well polished and clean. Place mosaic tiles are creating scenery like ocean waves, sunsets, or sunrises. Place luxurious rugs or ankle-deep carpets for that stunning effect.
Use these ideas, add more creativity and innovation. Come up with a grand and impressive gateway entrance to your hotel. See the visitors drawing in increase day by day. Happy designing!