Hotel & Marble: The Use of Marble in Luxury Hotels

Always considered a material of prestige and timeless elegance, marble is still used today in the decoration of luxury hotels all over the world, which benefit from its many varieties and its versatility, making it a reference material for construction and the furnishing of such spaces.

Therefore, the hospitality sector often sees interior designers and architects reinterpret marble, and marble elements, to adapt them to the aesthetic taste of the moment, turning hotels’ lobbies, rooms and decorative objects into iconic elements in the collective imagination, introducing new trends followed then by different sectors.

The marble present in hotel projects (especially luxury) is synonymous with quality and uniqueness and still remains the preferred aesthetic covering, despite technological innovations that have brought alternative solutions to the market for interior coverings.

If we think of marble in hotels, the first images that come to mind are the majestic lobbies that welcome travelers, starting new experiences for them. Like the Fontainebleau in Miami, famous for its black and white marble tiles with a modern flavor pattern; the Waldorf Astoria Hotel – Roosevelt in New Orleans with marble mosaics dating back to the original structure built over a century ago or the Raffles Singapore, one of the most majestic hotels in the world featuring a classic style lobby that could not exist without the pristine white marble flooring.

Initially, the focus of the use of marble in the hotel sector was centered on the flooring of the lobbies and common spaces, over time other areas and furnishing elements have been the subject of marble design, such as the countertops of restaurants and bars that – like the hotels that host them – add that touch of elegance that characterizes these luxury buildings.

Bathrooms are also often made of marble: the bathroom of the hotel room is one of the first things that guests observe and analyze and the use of this material is notoriously known of strong visual impact and makes the traveler feel immediately pampered by elegance and luxury. Yet, if on the one hand, the use of marble in the bathroom in the hospitality sector is a growing trend, the statistics linked to the falls of guests in hotel bathrooms due to surfaces that are too smooth and shiny are also rising. Hence, in the design of spaces and in the choice of materials for the construction of accommodation facilities, whatever the type, it is not only essential to carry out an accurate analysis to identify the target audience and consequently conceive the winning concept, which is transformed in aesthetic choices in line with the research done but so is functionality, which is expressed through the choice of good spatial solutions and adequate and safe finishes. Furthermore, for both common areas and private rooms, it is very important to choose high-quality finishes, resistant to wear and easy to clean.

The choice of finishes in a hotel project is very important, the right surfaces are essential to recreate an environment that makes users feel good and that at the same time creates the background to the storytelling designed for this structure, thus making the experience unforgettable.

Not only floors, wall coverings, and countertops, but also smaller pieces of furniture such as lamps and knick-knacks contribute to the luxurious atmosphere that surrounds this type of hotel.
Marble, therefore, becomes an integral part of the travel experience, enriching it with further beauty and giving a touch of both timeless and contemporary elegance.


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