My recent blog on the best hotel I’ve ever stayed at got me thinking of the contrary. What is the WORST hotel I have ever stayed at? Travelling and being in the hotel industry conjures up all sorts of both good and bad hotel memories, but I have to say, after careful thought and application of my measuring tool – how did the hotel make me feel? – I must admit to generalisation and claim that my worst hotel in the world is, in fact, a particular hotel category.
5-star hotels. There, I said it.
The biggest trend would be personalisation - social media and the mobile generation has resulted in a new type of traveller and these new travellers are growing exponentially, not only throughout the world, but particularly here in South Africa. Regardless of star grading of the hotel, guests are coming to expect a certain increasing degree of personalisation from hotels, and this expectation is going to increase over time: from the time they book their accommodation directly, via mobile phones, tablets or social media platforms, until the time they depart.