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The Residence Inn Hotels by Marriott service long-stay guests by acting as a ‘home away from home’. D/DOCK was approached by Vastint to design the common areas of these hotels, which include a lobby of 500m2 in Essen and a separate unique design in Dortmund. We created spaces that encourage engagement between the guests in a home-like atmosphere.

As short and frequent business travel decreases due to our changing work culture, a trend for longer, high quality and comfort focused travel emerges. With that in mind, our designers are inspired by the ‘Bleisure’ concept of designing the lobby space for a new kind of long stay business traveller. Blending together business and pleasure, highlighting the excellent level of service as seen in the extended-stay hotel staff and facilities.

“The whole idea was always to take out boundaries between hotel staff and guests” says Thomas van Leeuwen, partner and director at D/DOCK

Designing a space that allows guests to feel free and comfortable thanks to the self-serving bar and kitchen layout, while simultaneously feeling cared for by the surrounding staff was a nice challenge. In these Residence Inn Hotels, one now finds a place that is all about social togetherness, where both the staff and guests can interact in a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

When entering the  lobby, you don’t just hit a reception with the hotel staff behind a desk, instead there is a free-standing  pod around which the host will welcome you. After registering you move through the common area to the elevator. This allows the guest to experience the space for the first time and hopefully get a glimpse of the other guests. A specific choice made together with Marriott, to try to enhance the concept of social interaction.

Some guests like to  have dinner at a table and some prefer a lounge sofa, or someone needs a private booth for a phone call or prefers doing laptop work at the bar: it’s all okay. With one of the first guests in Essen already pointing out: “You feel very comfortable. An almost homely feeling.”

Our team has created a  multi-functional  setup. With the design being eagerly approved by Marriott, D/DOCK’s design and concept is the reference for the upcoming future Residence Inn Hotels.

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