Surge in select-service hotels

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We’ve been forced to accept tighter confines on airplanes. You should get ready for the same situation in hotels, thanks to the select-service-hotel trend.

Sixty-five percent of hotels that are being built in the United States will be of the select-service type, says Jan Freitag, who is the vice president for lodging insights at Smith Travel Research.

The design of these hotels puts a premium on their number of rooms over other factors. The standard room size in a select-service hotel is 285 square feet, compared with 365 square feet in a conventional hotel. The select-service-hotel room might have smaller furniture, including a wall-mounted dresser and TV, and a bed that lacks a headboard.

Bjorn Hanson of New York University’s Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism says “the industry is recognizing that consumers want some services but not have costs related to development of those.” Hanson adds that rooms in select-service hotels cost less than do rooms that are in full-service hotels.

Select-service hotels often omit a dedicated dining area/restaurant, although they still might provide complimentary breakfast and grab-and-go snacks in the lobby. Some might have a fitness room; meeting rooms, if they’re included, might be limited in number to one or two.