The hotel industry has been changing rapidly in recent years. Once dominated by chains known for being clean, basic, and very standardized, hotels are changing with the times. With the advent of Airbnb and boutique hotels, even major chains are starting to rethink the way they do decor. Hotel bathrooms are one site where this has been most evident.


Once dominated by white tile and acrylic, hotel bathrooms have changed in the past decade or so. Some of the most successful lines of accessories are decidedly non-traditional. For example, natural, sustainable materials have become very popular. One of the best examples of this is the Ahala Bath Collection. Made from sustainable mango wood, they are durable and great-looking pieces. They’re available in natural finish, dark walnut, black and white finishes. The line has been a popular choice for 15 years.

Stone is another natural, sustainable alternative material being used in hotel bathrooms. Stone tiles and stone washbasins are becoming increasingly popular; limestone and marble are two popular finishes for these items. They have a classic look, but a sleekness that also feels very contemporary. Stone Forest’s popular Elemental Trough Sink is an excellent example of this trend. The fittings are available in a variety of finishes, from matte black to shiny nickel. This company also makes standalone storage solutions for institutional spaces like hotels.

Even the way tile is designed in hotel bathrooms is changing. Gone are the days of solid white, or black-and-white subway style type. The new trend in tile is unique geometric shapes and a wide array of colors. Tiles in bright blues and pastel yellows are reminiscent of French farmhouse design.

Warm copper tones are another trend gaining popularity in hotel bathrooms. Trends in copper include hand-hammering, which creates an interesting texture and adds visual interest to the space. Copper is also often a sustainable choice. Many of these fixtures, like the Cozumel Vanity Top by Native Trails, are made from recycled metals.


As consumers continue to demand a more upscale, exciting experience, hotels will continue to respond. These great design trends help hotels set themselves apart from the competition. Adding great design details in the bathroom makes a hotel feel like a unique and exceptional experience.