Though laundry facilities serve a purpose not normally associated with attractiveness, hotels should take care to make sure these rooms still find a way to represent the hotel as design whole through their color palette and layout.
“The laundry room should essentially have the same level of finishes as public areas and corridors,” said Juliane Workley, corporate director of architecture and construction design for Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company. “These spaces can be given life with additions such as porcelain floor tiles, vinyl wall coverings or upscale acoustic tile ceilings alongside quality lighting.”
Workley also advises installing accessories such as clocks, artwork, a phone or a TV to populate the space. Just like any other area of the hotel, the laundry room can benefit from comfortable seating.
“The hotel needs to provide guests with key adjacencies,” said Peter Rudewicz, Sr. director of focused service architecture & construction for Hilton Worldwide. “Access to folding areas and a relaxation spot helps in the laundry process. Effort needs to be made to balance design with utility.”
Despite the laundry room’s residential appeal, designers should stray from using residential materials in these rooms to ensure longevity. “Even though these spaces won’t see the volume common in a big hotel, we arm the room against wear and tear with the finishes we use,” Rudewicz said. “ With lesser-grade finishes, damage accumulates faster, and maintenance issues will pop up more often.”