The lobby’s refurbishment included new stone flooring drawing on inspiration from the art deco styling, pendant lighting installed, lifts refurbished while still keeping the original detailing, and an old internal staircase, which had been closed for years, exposed and restored to its former art deco glory.
Kessner says the project is a good example of the current move towards increasing individuality in hotels.
“More and more people want to stay in a place that is not vanilla, but which has personality and offers you some connection with either its history or location.
“This project does that – it’s got quite a feminine personality that celebrates the history of the building both in terms of the tearooms and the naming after the Windsors.”
Even hotel brands, she notes, are seeking differentiation between their hotels, with the brand itself a comment on the level of service and finish expected, rather than an individual property’s identity.