Are you now considering redesigning your hotel, but don’t know what software to choose?
In the hotel business, it’s vital to stay ahead of trends in the industry to keep up with the growing competition. One of the emerging trends in hotels nowadays is unique experiences, especially with design, layout, and services.
Clients are willing to pay more if it means they’re getting a unique experience.
To help you determine the best software to use for your redesign project, we’ve curated a list of the six best tools out there. Whether you’re a beginner or have some experience with interior design, you’ll be sure to find a solution that works for you here.
It’s a great idea to update your hotel design every few years. Whether that means trying out different room layouts or furniture, updating communal areas, or even undertaking more large-scale renovations, interior design rendering software like Foyr can be incredibly helpful in your redesign process, saving you both time and money.
The 3D interior design software allows you to play around with different ideas for your redesign, without the commitment of having to bring them to life before you are sure that you are ready to take that plunge. It allows you to take into consideration the different colors as well as a fabric that will make a difference in the bedrooms as you will want to create a comfortable area where your guests can easily relax, with great quality furniture and colors that are easy on the eyes for a good night’s sleep.
If you are also looking into renovating your hotel during the coronavirus pandemic, this software is a great way to plan efficiently, where everything will be placed so that when the time comes, your employees or contractors are confident in knowing what they need to do, to minimize contact whilst keeping a tight schedule so that when hotels are once more allowed to you are ready to launch your business.
SketchUp is our #1 pick to help you redesign your hotel as it consistently tops interior design tool rankings worldwide. It’s been around since 2000 and specializes in 3D modeling. This will quickly help you bring your designs to life, whether you’re dipping your toes into interior design or have experience working in the field.
Whether you’re rethinking the layouts of your hotel rooms or want to take on a total remodel of your reception area, SketchUp’s super-realistic renderings will help you visualize your ideas. They also have a huge library of real products that you can download for free from their 3D Warehouse. This allows you to place 3D models of your favorite pieces straight into your project, allowing for efficient design and flexibility while your creative juices are flowing.
SketchUp is great because it’s web-based, so there’s no need to download any software. It can be used on both Windows and Mac devices and its use of cloud storage means you can access your project anytime, anywhere.
We also love SketchUp’s accessibility. They have three paid plans to choose from (Shop, Pro & Studio) as well as a free plan. The free plan provides the perfect solution for more casual users, whereas the paid plans provide a wide range of industry-specific features for interior designers, architects, contractors, engineers, and other professionals. There’s truly something for everyone.
SketchUp’s paid plans start from 119 USD per year and go up from there. Overall, if you’re looking for comprehensive software for your hotel redesign, SketchUp is for you.
Planner5D is another great solution for your hotel redesign needs. It has both 2D and 3D functionalities, as well as an array of additional advanced features. However, Planner 5D really stands out from the crowd because it’s amateur-friendly. You don’t need any specialized skills or professional training to navigate this software (although it certainly helps if you do).
This software is the perfect tool for your hotel redesigning process because it makes your life easy. You’ll save time by trying out different floor plans and room designs in the app rather than having to do so on-site. Everything from flooring to sizing to furniture to materials to windows & doors can be adjusted in Planner 5D’s 3 easy design steps:
- Layout & Design
- Furnish & Edit
- Visualize & Share
Planner 5D is also super convenient because you have the option of starting your room design from scratch or building off one of their templates if you’re in a hurry. You’ll be able to spend less time mocking up renderings and more time thinking of ways to personalize and optimize your customers’ hotel experience.
Last but not least, Planner 5D is well-known for its intuitive, easy-to-use interface. It’s user-focused and designed to be easily understood by anyone. It also looks great across different devices and platforms.
You can get started with Planner 5D for free, but you’ll have to pay to download their full catalog and for commercial uses.
If you’re interested in working with 2D design in your hotel redesign project, SmartDraw is for you. SmartDraw has a wide range of drawing functionalities, but their floor plan capabilities are their most interesting feature when it comes to interior design. Whether you’re a beginner or are a design professional, SmartDraw will enable you to easily create 2D floor plans for your project.
With SmartDraw, you can either start from scratch or use their variety of templates and floor plan examples to save time. From there, the sky is the limit as you play around with their wide selection of materials, furniture, fixtures, and more. They even have templates specifically for hotel design.
SmartDraw has also been web-based since 2016 (it was previously designed for Windows), so it works across various devices, browsers, and platforms, making it perfect for collaborative projects. It’s also widely compatible with your favorite tools such as Microsoft & Google apps, DropBox and Jira.
Overall, SmartDraw is an easy-to-use software that delivers professional results. You can also try it for free for the first seven days. After that, paid plans start at $10 per month, with discounts for multiple users.
If you’re looking for a simple solution for your hotel redesign, check out Floorplanner. It was designed by a group of industry professionals who wanted to create an accessible, easy-to-use 2D & 3D model software for everyone. Whether you’re a beginner or have years of design experience, Floorplanner has something for you.
Floorplanner allows you to spend more time designing and bringing your ideas to life, and less time fussing over technology. You’ll create impressive 2D and 3D renderings for your hotel redesign, all while saving them time and money you would have spent rearranging furniture and fixing expensive oversights in-person.
This software allows you to shift between 2D and 3D modes with just one click, so you’ll be able to take in different perspectives of your design throughout your project’s development. They also have a library with over 150,000 3D items for your decoration needs.
If you need to send your redesign project to other team members or stakeholders, it’s also easy to do so by sending shareable links.
Best of all, Floorplanner is extremely well-priced. Their basic plan (intended for personal use) is free, but their paid plans start at just 4 EUR per month for individuals and 49 EUR per month for teams.
6: Easyhome Homestyler
Last but not least, Easyhome Homestyler is one of the most beginner-friendly 2D & 3D design software out there today. It’s completely free, intuitive to use, and has an extensive 3D library with real furniture pieces, paint colors, material options, and more.
When you’re getting started, you can either start completely from scratch, browse through their community gallery for inspiration or import a floor plan drawing you already have to go. Then, the fun really begins as you move through their Build, Decorate, and View phases.
The View phase is especially impressive as it enables you to experience an immersive walk-through of your project with a 720 panoramic view. If you have any doubts when it comes to your hotel redesign, this function will be sure to show you whether everything looks how you envisioned it.
Another one of our favorite features allows users to download the Homestyle app, take a picture of a room, upload it and finally decorate it by using the items from the 3D library.
As mentioned, Easyhome Homestyler has a robust free version that is likely to meet all your hotel design needs. However, they do have Pro and Master plans for industry professionals who really want to take advantage of their full range of technical features.
Take these tools and run with them
No matter what plans you have for your hotel redesign, we’re sure that one of the software we’ve outlined in this list will help you get it done quickly, economically, and with great results. These powerful design solutions give you all the more reason to get going on those updates and renovations you’ve been dreaming up but haven’t had the tools to make a reality.
What are you waiting for? Choose the software that aligns most with your project and give their free trial a whirl. We can’t wait to see your hotel redesign come to life.
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