Modern hotels are working to adapt to social with different creative solutions.

Lobbies are growing in importance and have been moving toward being multi-use spaces that allow visitors to gather and work on their laptops with access to power outlets. Many hotel lobbies now feature indoor waterfall, chandeliers or vast greenery.

Guestrooms are changing, as guests’ needs change. Now instead of just the classic bed and table combo, hotels are looking at what guests want when away from home, including different TV panels, an extra sofa in the room and more eclectic décor.

Just as guestrooms are changing, so are the bathrooms. These spaces have become more spa-inspired. Bathrooms need the luxury to entice guests and feature waterfall showers and large bathtubs. The items in the bathroom matter as well, with a move toward luxury towels and beauty items.

The art in hotel rooms isn’t as dull as it used to be, and there is a focus now on local art, which helps create a better experience for the guests — whether it’s in the rooms or large-scale installations in the lobby.

Hotels, in general, are becoming greener and environmentally friendly. Everything from recycling bins, to water saving water faucets, to having oversized windows to let in natural lighting help save on energy costs. In addition to becoming more environmentally friendly, there is more greenery everywhere.

Rooms are moving away from patterns and instead are embracing more texture, which allows guests to explore senses and lead to memorable experiences — which they hopefully want to repeat.

Adding to the trend of sensory experience, designers are blurring the lines between outdoor and indoor. Nature is brought inside, and hotel rooms are becoming large enough to extend to decks and terraces. Hotels now feature stone decorations, plenty of greenery and indoor waterfalls.

Just like houses, hotels are becoming smarter by adding in even more technology. Many front desks feature iPad or mobile check-ins, which allow the lobbies to be designed differently. In the rooms, technology is replacing the need for landline phones where guests can order room service and control temperature and lighting from a tablet or the television. Some hotels even have streaming services, such as Netflix, already hooked up for guests to utilize.

The ultimate goal of the new interior design is to provide a home away from home for guests. Rooms need to be cozy to create a memorable stay, despite all the technology. The right decorations, carpets, and even a fireplace can contribute to the coziness guests feel.