Budget hotels offer guests the best of both worlds: comfortable accommodations at a reasonable price. With so many hotels to choose from, hoteliers need to create value for guests, even in low-price rooms. Limited-service hotels can be tastefully decorated without breaking the budget.
Contemporary design is a very popular option for decorating budget hotels. Bright, bold wall colors add a modern look to older properties. Straight lines and innovative storage space (under bed or open closets) add greater functionality to a smaller room.
White bed linens and towels are not only more affordable than prints, but create a cool contrast with other colors in the room. Stainless steel or chrome fixtures add to the modern feel. Although these shiny pieces are more expensive than their plastic counterparts, strategic use of stainless steel for ice buckets and coffee makers will make the guest feel that they are getting more than they paid for.
Traditional hotel decorating will give guests exactly what they expect. Many elements of a traditional hotel room can be purchased wholesale, cutting costs dramatically. Hotel liquidation outlets are another option for finding quality, gently used furnishings. Make sure to provide adequate lighting for reading and other in-room tasks. Use works by local artists to add regional character to the room.
Shabby chic decor is both affordable and comfortable. Used couches or chairs can be re-upholstered with soft printed fabric to create a cozy feel. Bedding comfort is an important part of a quality hotel room, and numerous pillows will ensure that guests sleep comfortably. A shaggy rug will feel soft on their feet when they hop out of bed.
Guest room dressers or desks can be purchased cheaply from antique stores or flea markets and painted to match the room's colors. When shopping second-hand stores, the odds of finding enough matching pieces to decorate each hotel room identically are slim. However, individually decorated rooms are a current trend in boutique hotels. Just ensure that amenities in each room are consistent.