Hoteliers will tell you that hotel bedrooms need to be totally blacked out. In the old days, people were very happy in their homes because their rooms weren’t blacked out and they learned to live with the land; when morning came, they woke up.
Nowadays, with blackout curtains, we sometimes don’t wake up until 11 am, then at night we can’t sleep so we take sleeping pills. We are becoming abnormal beings.
The problem with hotels' design before is that guests just go into their rooms and close the door behind them. They ask if the light is okay if the stationary is nice. They crave comfort; there’s no sense of questioning what’s there. It’s all about providing luxury in a decorative way – better wall coverings, a beautiful chair. Those are good, but they’re not enough.
Our notion of personal space should be challenged. We’re trained to think that we need to be separate. Isolation makes us insular, and I think that’s dangerous. For the hospitality sector post-COVID-19, we will long for physical connection and interaction because we weren’t allowed for such a long time. We will see a new definition of what community really stands for.
We like to question what’s taken for granted. I often wonder whether the privacy of the hotel bedroom should be truly respected. For example, could the room be open, so that natural light can filter down from above and guests don’t always have to turn on the light in their rooms?