Skip up the stone steps; glide through the gleaming glass-and-brass doors and delicately drop your suitcase onto a plush, warm carpet. From bijou boutique hotels to mainstream multi-nationals, hoteliers almost universally choose carpet to cover the floors of their hotels, and it doesn’t take long to work out why.
Hotels are inherently noisy places, full of staff and people on crazy schedules to-ing and fro-ing 24 hours a day. Yet, the main reason for hotels to exist is to provide a good night’s sleep. Something of a paradox, you’d think, but talk to our commercial carpet sales team and they will tell you that the key to keeping the noise down in hotels is high-quality carpeting.
Great underlay, immaculate installation and luxurious pile underfoot all help to muffle the noise created by the mass movement of people in an enclosed space. If you’ve ever been rudely awakened in a hotel room, it’s unlikely to have been because of the noise being made by footsteps overhead, rather it is the noise coming through the walls, from closing doors or from the traffic outside.
Cosiness, comfort and pampering add to the cosseting vibe of a great hotel. Regardless of the expense of your room, the aim of even cheap carpet and flooring in the hotel industry is to provide a comfortable environment. Few hotel users bring their slippers, so as well as providing sound insulation, a carpet underfoot provides warmth and comfort for the bare feet of the guest. Getting out of bed to be greeted by a cold, hard floor isn’t a welcoming sensation, especially in winter, so most hotels choose carpet in the sleeping area and reserve tile for bathrooms.
For bedrooms, hoteliers are increasingly choosing longer-pile, plusher carpets to add to the feeling of luxury and comfort underfoot. Recent developments in the fibres and loops used in plush carpets have created varieties that are easier to clean, more hardwearing and less prone to indentation marks than traditional plush carpet.
Looking For Longevity
Occupancy is money in the hotel industry, and losing a bedroom or entire floor for a night to upgrade the flooring is an expense few hoteliers can regularly afford. As a result, they need flooring that withstands wear and tear, cleans well and doesn’t suffer under the weight of furniture. Consequently, Berber-style carpets with their short pile and durable surface are often used, particularly in lobbies and corridors.
To reduce the visibility of stains and wear and tear, hotels often opt for carpets with strong patterns. This is a technique that is difficult to pull off in a residential environment but, particularly in hotel lobbies and function rooms, the size of the space means an otherwise overpowering pattern can be used. For smaller spaces, neutral carpets can still cleverly disguise marks without dominating the décor.
Whatever your carpeting needs, our carpet company in Melbourne can offer a dedicated team of sales staff and installers to help you through the entire process of choosing your perfect flooring, from planning to installation. We even offer after-care tips. So why not pop into our Bayswater or Blackburn store today?