It’s difficult to determine where the lines between hospital, hotel, and home begin and end when contemplating senior care facility design. Hospitals are often associated with cold, clinical environments. Hotels can be lovely, but aren’t necessarily related to a feeling of home and, in fact, can be connected with a transient and less personalized lifestyle.

four seasons lobby

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle. Source:

That being said, we’ve seen examples of how hotel-esque atmospheres can be used in all the right ways to create senior care facilities that are beautiful, comfortable, and offer services and amenities their residents need.

In the article,“Is This a Hospital or a Hotel?” The NY Times addresses how hospitals are changing their designs to include a more attractive, guest-oriented atmosphere. Where this idea was always present in prestigious hospitals, like Cedars-Sinai, smaller hospitals are beginning to implement similar design strategies. By calling patients, “guests,” and transforming accommodations, patients feel as if they have received a higher standard of healthcare.

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Cedars-Sinai’s Deluxe Maternity Suites. Source:

Similarly, we see how the right approach to hotel-style senior care facility design results in buildings where residents feel like VIPs and that their needs are carefully tended to. One example of this is The Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Community Center, where senior member dine at swanky cafes and can go to see a movie at a bona-fide theater.


Dining facility at NewBridge on the Charles

Dining facility at NewBridge on the Charles. Source:

As the architect, the trick is to know the clientele, understand their needs and desires, and then design attractive, comfortable spaces with an upscale feel, while still retaining some elements of home.

At LS&A Architecture and Interiors, we work closely with our clients to design spaces that seniors are happy to call home, and Baby Boomers can look forward to retiring to down the road.