One of the greatest pleasures of staying at a hotel is exploring the facilities. A stay can be made even more enjoyable by adding extra fluffy pillows or luxurious bathrobes to the television. The most important feature of a hotel room, as we all know, is the choice of hygiene and beauty products in the bathroom. This is especially important in this age of liquid terrorist attacks, where people are prohibited from taking more than 3.4 ounces of any product.
Hoyt Harper is the global brand leader of Sheraton Hotels. He says that the percentage of guests who use complementary products has increased from 35 percent ten years ago to 75 percent in 2014. Some shampoos, conditioners, and body washes are better than others. It’s difficult to find products that work for everyone, given how individual people are with their preferences in scent and hygiene. How do hotels choose which products to stock in their bathrooms, then?
Manufacturer lobbying is often used to help manufacturers influence the decision. The hospitality industry experts behind hotels are very careful about providing the right products to their guests. right is that works well enough for a person to feel clean after using them, but also correct that work with the image the hotel wants to project .
Boutique hotels like the Drake in Toronto and the Ace in Toronto–which often have their own music directors and art curators and also offer multicolored toilet papers in their bathrooms- a particular focus on their toiletry games. They see it as essential to their vibe and the experience they want to create for their guests. The three bottles that you will find in your Drake shower are Malin and Goetz, often stylized as MALIN+GOETZ–an “apothecary” located in Manhattan. The partnership began when the company’s founder walked by the Drake while on a trip to Toronto. He pitched his line to the manager of the Drake after realizing that it was the right place to display his line of cleansers and balms.
Sometimes, partnerships begin in the opposite direction. Sometimes partnerships start in the opposite direction. Heywood partnered with Archipelago Botanicals instead. The company’s products were mild and appealing to both men, which was a key feature in hotel toiletries.
Hotels and manufacturers often form more structured partnerships. Brands are expected to approach hoteliers with tailored brochures and information about their products. There is also a catalog for the hospitality industry that can be used by hotel managers to order amenities. While some beauty/hygiene businesses are focused on the hotel market, others see this as an opportunity for them to reach guests who may then purchase the products themselves.
Large hotel chains are known for their extensive research when it comes to selecting amenities. This is because large hotels can spend millions on toiletries. According Forbes the Marriott International design and development team tested 52 brands of shampoo, conditioners, body gels, lotions, and soaps before settling on the best one for its hotels around the globe. Scott Mitchell, the team leader selected a Thai skincare line for Marriott’s North American and South American properties, and an Italian brand for Europe and Africa.
Hoteliers can tell if their guests bring the samples home. Mitchell stated to Forbes that “if you take it, it means you like it.”
Explainer thanks Jessica Rodrigues for her marketing and PR expertise at the Drake Hotel in Toronto, and Kathy Seltzer for co-owning the Heywood Hotel, Austin, Texas.