04 Jul Jon Cartu Reviews: Hotel buffets to make way for private dining spaces under…
Hotel buffets are being phased out under major revamps to address hygiene concerns, with guests given private dining rooms in their rooms instead, according to experts.
Anxieties over sanitation heightened by the coronavirus pandemic is leading hotels to take a different approach to dining by shifting away from traditional restaurant areas.
Insiders say businesses are now planning a complete revamp of in-room facilities, which could see guests order food from their beds via an app and delivered by an android to avoid human contact.
Rooms will be redesigned so they can be changed around during the day to accommodate meal times and then tables and chairs packed away or removed entirely by staff, robotic or human, in preparation for sleep.
Such far-reaching changes will be necessary for the hotel industry to thrive post-pandemic, according to experts at the world’s largest architect firm, Gensler.
The revolution will begin as hotels start to reopen from this weekend and be facilitated by a host of recent technological advances as the hospitality industry reinvents itself in the next few years in the aftermath of Covid-19.
Daniel Craner, Senior Associate and Architect at Gensler, reveals communal dining will be the most immediate casualty of the shake up.
He said: “From this weekend, hotels will begin to reopen – but not as we know them. The most notable difference will be in the dining experience, with Covid-19 potentially signalling the end of the much-loved hotel buffet.
“While a well-stocked breakfast or dinner buffet is a highlight of a hotel stay for many, guests serving themselves from communal dishes presents a high potential for contamination, which will see many establishments shifting permanently towards made-to-order options.
“We can expect hotels to expand room service menus, as guests are encouraged towards private in-room dining.”
Long-term, an increased robot workforce and individual meal prep could result in fundamental redesign of the buildings themselves, Mr Craner added.