Rooms For Work And Play: Marriott Designing Hotel Of Future–And They Want Your Help

June 24, 2013  |  

The Marriott hotel chain is getting its guests involved in a new campaign called Travel Brilliantly. If you’ve ever had a bad experience at a hotel, you probably have a tons of suggestions for how things can be improved. Marriott wants that customer feedback to help in create “the hotel of the future,” reports the Los Angeles Times.

The aim of the campaign, says Marriott is to reflect “the lifestyle of the next generation of travelers, who seamlessly blend work and play in a mobile and global world.”

Marriott is hoping to tap into the travel trend, showing a greater combination of business and pleasure. According to a Harris poll released last year, more than half of Americans work while on vacation, and 30 percent read work-related emails during their down time while on the road.

Marriott has already added some new changes to its room of the future. Among them:

  • Global mobile check-in; which will be available  this summer at selected sites.
  • Goji Kitchen & Bar, which “is not a restaurant” but areas that serve all three meals (instead of separate breakfast and dinner eateries) and farm-to-table food.
  • Newly engineered desks created by Rhode Island School of Design students.
  • “Great” rooms that go beyond lobbies, areas where guests can lounge, snack or work on their laptop.
  • Guest rooms combining “comfort and connectivity.”

If you want to help design the future hotel room, upload their ideas to the site by the end of September. According to Marriott, 15 first-prize winners will be selected, and the person with the best overall idea will have a chance to work on the new look along with Marriott’s designers.

Do you work on vacation? What would you like to see in the guest room of the future?

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