FF&E goes local

 

Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

According to USA Today, hotels are increasingly seeing the value of sourcing furnishings, fixtures and equipment manufactured closer to home. While the sustainability appeal of sourcing home-grown materials to furnish hotels is tangible, hoteliers also said the quicker turnaround time keeps more rooms in operation during a renovation. Without having to wait for items manufactured overseas to clear customs and make it to the hotel, owners can turn a project around quicker--and those benefits of increased occupancy can offset the often higher price tag attached to American-made products.

The article cites hotel renovation and design projects that sourced locally made FF&E including The Hyatt Regency Minneapolis; The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation and the InterContinental Chicago.

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The hotel's new look was inspired by Lake Michigan and the development along the Chicago Riverwalk, visible from guestroom window seats.

All of the interior design and furnishings were handled internally by the Pacific Sands team.