Preparing for a hotel refurbishment: a guide for independent hotel owners

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    Perhaps you’ve read reviews on Trip Advisor saying your hotel bedrooms need an upgrade, or maybe your hotel lobby area is looking more 1915 than 2015? You know it’s time for that hotel refurbishment you’ve been thinking about, but you’re not completely sure where to start. Approaching and planning a hotel furniture refurbishment project can be a daunting task. For many interior designers and architects it’s a full time job… yet, if you’re an independent hotel owner or manager, you might be about to embark on a hotel refurbishment project on top of your already demanding job.

    Who are Curtis Furniture?
    Curtis are a specialist hotel furniture and doors supplier with over 15 years of experience in planning and managing hotel refurbishment projects and fit-outs for hotels across the UK. This experience means we’re well qualified to offer advice on preparing for your next project. Find out more about Curtis

    What to consider before a hotel refurbishment

    Step one
    At the outset, the key questions are:
    • What areas of your hotel need to be refurbished? The bedrooms, the restaurant, the bar?
    • What is your budget?
    • If you can’t stretch to everything straightaway, which areas of your hotel will take priority?
    • Is there a particular event or peak holiday season you’d like the refurbishment to be completed by – or a quiet period when the project would cause minimum disruption to your guests and minimise the financial impact of having rooms offline?

    Step two
    The next step is to think about your preferred design style – and the star rating you need to maintain or are striving for:
    • Are you aiming for 3*, 4* or 5*?
    • Is it a boutique room design you’re looking for – or perhaps a stylish, functional space for the business traveller?
    • What are the best room layouts and pieces of furniture to maximise your let-able space?
    • You might also think about whether to employ a hotel interior designer or architect, depending on the size and scope of the project – or if you can manage it on your own.

    Once you’ve started to think about these questions, it’s time to find the right supplier or suppliers.

    How Curtis Furniture can help you

    Curtis works with hotel owners, managers and interior designers to deliver beautiful hotel interiors. We aim to provide as much or as little support as our clients want or need. This includes helping to:
    • Plan your room layouts – to create an impact and maximise your space
    • ‘Get the best bang for your buck’ by recommending different finish and fabric options
    • Choose the right style of furniture to create the look you want
    • Plan your project to help ensure it misses your peak occupancy periods
    • Consider the factors that will help to achieve a 3, 4 or 5 star rating
    • Plus, we can recommend an interior designer or architect should you need one.

    Curtis Furniture & Doors manufactures hotel bedroom case goods, internal and external doors, public area furniture, chairs and tables. We also supply other complementary products, including an exclusive range of sofas and sofa beds in partnership with DFS Contract. See our product range.

    Contact Curtis
    Whether you’re just at the ideas stage or you have a clear picture of your requirements, call 0113 248 0605 or enquire online – and request a free refurbishment consultation at your hotel.

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    These useful tips have been provided by Gareth Brett, board director. Curtis are hotel furniture & doors specialists – and a leading UK manufacturer of hotel bedroom case goods.

    Daniel Fountain / 11.05.2015

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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