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CLEVELAND, Ohio – Lexington by Vantage is introducing a 100-room inn prototype. The company says the design will offer flexibility to build more or fewer guestrooms, depending on the market. Its cost efficiency enables owners to increase quality while saving as much as 25 percent on construction costs, which provides a quicker return on investment and low operating costs.
Coral Springs, Florida-based Vantage Hospitality Group is the eighth largest hotel company worldwide with over 1,000 hotels independently owned and operated. The first floor of its prototype is to be highlighted by an open-air extension of the lobby, what it calls the Lexington Loggia, which will visually set it apart. The company says the new hotel model will have an upscale, residential feel, and serve as a gathering spot for guests to socialize, relax or hold casual meetings.
Other aspects of the main level include a multi-function breakfast and meeting area with both high-top community tables and traditional seating options; a centrally located front desk that has a direct view of the front entrance, Loggia, and breakfast area; a fitness center with adjacent guest laundry facility; business center; multiple flat screen TVs in all public areas; and complimentary Wi-Fi accessibility to allow guests to stay connected anywhere in the hotel. In addition, in keeping with Lexington's emphasis on individuality, a local accent wall will allow properties to feature and spotlight regional art, history and events.
"This Lexington prototype is intended to be iconic, yet flexible enough for it to be adapted to many architectural environments. The design is very forward-thinking and versatile, with an eye toward operational efficiency," said architect David Wallace Jr. from David L. Wallace & Associates in Tampa Bay, FL, which has specialized in the hospitality industry since 1981.
Vantage worked with LG Electronics to improve the energy efficiency and the guest experience in the Lexington prototype. LG will be providing a state-of-the-art energy management system that integrates with the property management system (PMS) to enable Lexington operators to reduce expenses on energy, lighting and other electronic applications required in the inn. The LG heating and air conditioning units will also be noticeably quieter and more efficient than existing units. Savings on energy costs are expected to be as high as 30 percent and each inn will be capable of achieving a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.
Guestrooms are to have a contemporary feel. Rooms will include an LED welcome feature that serves as a brand identifier and provides soft lighting when entering. Modular furniture has been designed to help save on purchasing costs and to increase space, while an ample amount of multi-power outlets will be placed at the desk and bedside to accommodate the many devices carried by today's tech-savvy travelers.
In addition, flat screen TVs will be integrated into the built-in furniture for viewing and sound optimization; bedside controls allow the guest to adjust all room lighting; and most bathrooms will feature a spacious shower, with bathtubs available in family guestrooms.
"The Lexington prototype is a product designed to meet the current trends that travelers desire and provide the guest with an exceptional experience. Whether they're with us for business or pleasure, guests will enjoy the attention to detail and modern conveniences in all areas of the hotel," said Brendan Moyle, Vantage's director of design and construction.
Another major benefit for hoteliers who build a Lexington prototype is that they become eligible to have membership fees waived for the first year of operation.
"This is one more reason why the new prototype is so appealing. Hotel owners are able to use that savings to really jumpstart and market their business. This is just another example of how we focus on our members' performance and continue to provide progressive, revenue-generating programs and comprehensive resources that help our hotel owners succeed," said Patrick Mullinix, the executive vice president of development for Vantage Hospitality Group.