Spain’s NH Hotel Group has designed a futuristic Mood Room. With a touchscreen tablet, the lighting, music and temperature can all be adjusted to help guests sleep, relax, work and get fit.
Colour therapy has long been used to treat people’s emotional and mental problems. Applying some of the same principles to the environment of a plane or hotel, which can make travellers feel stressed or lonely, for example, makes sense.
Newer aircraft such as the Boeing Dreamliner and Airbus A350 have mood lighting in shades of purple, blue and orange, for instance, to help people unwind and adapt to changing timezones, and it’s proving popular with passengers.
The NH Hotels Group’s Mood Room was created in partnership with lighting company Signify and digital workout provider Cyberobics. Debuted at the NH Collection Berlin Mitte am Checkpoint Charlie, it is the first hotel to feature the concept since a pilot project at NH Collection Madrid Eurobuilding in Spain. The Berlin hotel has four Mood Rooms available to book. Maarten Markus, managing director northern Europe for NH Hotel Group, says: “Digitalisation is already an intrinsic part of everyday life in many areas. Hotels must not be left behind; we need to be even more determined to open the way to change, testing out new services and solutions and offering them to our customers.”
What will guests find in the Mood Room?
Using a touchscreen tablet and a Philips RoomFlex lighting, guests can adapt the lighting, music and temperature to suit their own mood. The company believes that by getting the ambience right, travellers will have a better stay.
There are various pre-set modes include “Rise and Shine”, “Sexy”, “Focus”, “Gettin’ Ready”, “Do Your Thing”, “Bon Appétit” and “Sweet Dreams”. Electric curtains have been designed by Somfy and a state-of-the-art room sound system by The Sensory Lab.The Mood Room also offers on-demand workouts so guests don’t need to go to the gym. By selecting the “Set the Tone” mood, guests can watch Cyberobics workout videos such as Yoga Power, Six Pack Attack, Quick Fit or Just Relax.
Oliver Schulokat, CEO of Cyberobics, says: “Digitalisation will have wide-ranging consequences for the way people train in the future to improve their physical fitness. Our goal is to make fitness available to even more people and turn it into a natural part of their everyday lives.”
How else is NH Hotels Group innovating?
The new Nhow hotel in London at 250 City Road, which is opening in August, will feature robotic butlers than can deliver towels, water and other amenities to the rooms without guests having to interact with a human. The hotel will have 190 rooms designed by London-based firm Project Orange.
A statement reads: “All have an unconventional and contemporary take, with stand-out features including a Big Ben rocket sculpture in the lobby, tables featuring cockney rhyming slang and oversized gold bell lights, a reminder of the city’s famous church bells.“Colourful textures will confront contemporary art in the rooms, creating an unforgettable version of London. Punk will meet high tech style, while graffiti will appear alongside unconventional images of past monarchs.”