Restaurant, Bar, Reception and Lounge - Original brief was to re-design the hotel restaurant, bar, reception and lounge areas. The management company Complete Hotel Services advised that the current problem was that very few of the guests were using the hotel facilities and if they did leave their bedrooms they sought alternative establishments to eat and drink. Their main requirement therefore was to encourage existing guests to use the public areas and to encourage new clients to the hotel. Part of the requirement was to make all four areas work more closely as a single unit which would hopefully encourage the use of all areas.
Brief – Executive bedrooms—
Project – Restaurant, Bar, Reception and Lounge - High ceilings and heavy immovable furniture contributed to the cold and unwelcoming feeling to the spaces. Discussions with the client soon showed that the reception was seen as purely a place to check in and out of the hotel whilst the lounge had just become a corridor which had to be passed through in order to get to the bedrooms. A spatial planning exercise was carried out on all areas along with a full review of the fixtures and fittings. The design solutions were to create proper lounge areas in both the lounge and reception areas, use a mix of furniture to break the spaces up along with new decorative lighting. In the bar, restaurant and lounge areas where the ceilings were high pictures and mirrors were introduced at eye level in order to create the feeling that the ceilings had been lowered. Existing features in the rooms were used to break up the large wall spaces which had the effect of making the spaces also feel smaller and therefore cosier. Although all the proposed changes have not as yet been fully completed the client has advised that as each area has been done their customers started using them.