The dining room is the heart and soul of any hotel. As the place where your guests start and end each day, you could say it’s the hub of the overall guest experience. To meet your guests’ needs, your hotel dining space should provide the ultimate in efficiency, aesthetics and functionality to guarantee your guests leave with a full stomach and a smile.
From the best floor space layout to enhance the guest experience, to the types of surface materials which create a durable and long lasting interior design, today, we’ll be discussing how you can achieve the perfect hotel dining space for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Optimise your room layout
The floor plan ultimately forms the structure of your guests’ dining experience as the most important area in the front of house. Its design plays a fundamental role in the overall ambiance of your restaurant, and can therefore make or break the dining experience.
Opting for a singular open-plan layout will not only make life easier for staff, but often generates a better atmosphere – which will inject life into your dining space. Although a multi-room layout could seem like a great way to accommodate extra guests, an open-plan layout can also accommodate the proper capacity under government regulations, and can be more flexible tocater for different types of guests. Better yet, an open space will also give your guests the freedom to move around the room from the bar to the table quickly and efficiently, so will reduce congestion during busy dining times.
Whether you’re planning to offer a fine dining or casual dining experience, the quality of your fixtures and fittings should not be sacrificed.
If you offer a continental breakfast service, your counter should be central to the overall floor plan to create an easy, self-service experience which will look great. Alternatively, if your dining room has a bar, make sure this is set aside from the hustle and bustle of service to accommodate guests who would like to relax with a drink. This way, your dining space can cater for various types of guests – who will still have an enjoyable experience regardless of the primary purpose of the room – which will positively impact your business.
Choosing furniture and fabrics which reflect your brand doesn’t mean you need to compromise on functionality in terms of stain resistance and quality sanitation. Install durable granite worktops to keep your dining room looking contemporary and clean, while creating a long- lasting interior design. This will also ensure simple, hassle-free clean-up once breakfast is done, meaning your staff can prepare the restaurant for the next meal quickly.
When it comes to seating, you need to consider the space allotted to your restaurant dining room. Compact restaurant booths can save space, but are difficult to manoeuvre, unlike tables and chairs. As booths can’t be moved together to make seating for larger parties the way that tables and chairs can, we recommend free-standing furniture to ensure your dining room is versatile and able to accommodate all types of guests.
For breakfast, consider incorporating round tables into your dining room design to encourage mingling. However, for lunch and dinner, square tables are space-efficient, and can accommodate a larger amount of trays and food, meaning they’re a practical choice for ensuring faster table turnover. We recommend mixing table sizes to ensure your hotel dining space can cater for everyone, from a lone guest to a large family – with plenty of two-person tables to easily shift around table layouts when required. This way, your restaurant can cater for all customers to guarantee a premium dining experience, no matter who your customer may be.
Whether you’re completely redesigning your hotel dining space or simply considering an update, we hope you’ll be inspired by our design tips to create a restaurant which appeals to all customers, and promises a great dining experience for everyone who stays with you.
Author bio: Sophie Armstrong is a content creator for granite and quartz worktop specialists Burlington Granite, who provide a full bespoke worktop solution by offering templating, cutting, polishing and fitting, all driven by 25 years of industry experience.