15 Hotel Interior Design Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

  The number of newly opened hotels is increasing every year. It is worrying that many designers focus only on the impressiveness of the project. In the case of hotels, this should not be the decisive factor. The hotel architecture is very much about functionality, not just surprising form. It is visible in international brands’ procedures and policies, where pragmatism and developed standards of equipment reign supreme. In other hospitality facilities, there are regulations governing only specific issues. The rest depends on the investors’ goodwill and the architects‘ knowledge. Based on our experience, we present the most common mistakes when designing hotel interiors and how to avoid them. 

The Most Common Hotel Design Mistakes

The most common design mistakes in hotels include

  1. The entry experience;
  2. Lobby seating;
  3. Misuse of space;
  4. Inappropriate furniture;
  5. Inadequate electricity;
  6. The layout of electrical sockets;
  7. Poor lighting;
  8. The width of corridors; 
  9. The size of rooms;
  10. Number and location of storage rooms;
  11. A distance of toilets from conference rooms;
  12. The kitchen and its storage facilities location;
  13. The size of spa facilities;
  14. Pillars in the meeting rooms, and
  15. Lack of space for hotel trolleys.

How to Avoid Designing Hotel Interiors Mistakes

  When designing hotel interiors, the priority is the functionality of the venue. It is slightly different for each premises, even if it is the same type of premises, such as hotels and restaurants. You should take into account the differences between specific establishments, such as:

The standard of the premises

  • Who will be the recipient of the interior design? 
  • Will the space be frequented by customers who pay attention to every detail?
  • Should you focus more on comfort than on fine design details? 

  It is impossible to take reliable care of the design and arrangement of public interiors without first finding out the target audience.


  The appearance of hotel interior design depends on the funds allocated to such an investment. Entrepreneurs running hotels and restaurants want to make the best possible use of their funds. Architects, designers and contractors who offer hospitality design and construction services must work closely with the entrepreneur to optimally match specific requirements.

Architecture vs Functionality

  The hotel architecture is equal to functionality. In the case of a competitive market and hotel facilities of a similar standard, architecture becomes one of the most significant assets. However, functional solutions resist every accusation and are optimal for efficiency. Consider that even the most beautiful hotel, impressive in its grandeur and splendour, with poor functionality solutions, will have problems serving guests, higher than necessary operating costs, lower revenue potential and, consequently, profitability problems.