In the wake of the economic crisis, struggling hotels across the country put off most upgrades and expansions, such as installing new carpeting, buying bigger television sets and renovating lobbies.
But with the economy rebounding, the nation's hotels are expected to spend a record $6 billion this year, a 7% increase from 2013, according to a New York University study.
In recent years, hotels have been reducing spending on improvements. In 2009, hotels spent 40% less than the previous year; in 2010, hotels cut spending 18%, according a study by Bjorn Hanson, a professor with the NYU School of Professional Studies Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management.
Hotels guests can expect the extra spending to go toward faster Internet speeds, new irons and coffee makers, redesigned lobbies, improved work spaces in rooms, larger and newer flat-screen televisions, improved fitness centers and "reconceptionalized restaurants," the study said.