Monolith gets straight to the point of bathroom redesign in Milan

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    When it came to modernising the 1960s-built Four Points by Sheraton hotel in the centre of Milan, updating the guest bathrooms was crucial to maintaining its luxury four-star status. However, with any downtime being a costly business, getting the 254 rooms back into service as quickly as possible was also vital for the hotel’s owner and manager Maurizio Naro. The savvy hotelier, who has been at the helm of the 12-storey complex for 25 years, overcame this issue in two ways; by carrying out the refurbishment work in stages and by choosing Geberit Monolith sanitary modules for the guest bathrooms, thereby keeping installation time to a minimum.

    In order to ensure that the everyday running of the hotel was not overly affected by construction noise and dust, careful planning was a vital part of the refurbishment process at the Four Points in Milan. For Maurizio, this included a visit to the annual International Furniture Fair, where he identified the Geberit Monolith as the solution to his renovation dilemma.

    ”The thin brick walls in the bathrooms did not allow for an integration of cisterns, which is why I had been on the lookout for a particularly space-saving exposed cistern for some time,” explained Maurizio. “In addition to their streamlined construction, I was immediately won over by the design and colour scheme of the Geberit Monolith modules.”

    The Geberit Monolith sanitary module makes light work of upgrading sanitaryware as part of a refurbishment project and is available for washbasins, WCs and bidets. It can be connected to existing water and drainage connections without any major structural changes, which eradicates the need for retiling or redecorating the bathroom once fitted. The Geberit Monolith has an elegant glass surface, which can be specified in a choice of Black, White, Umber or Mint Green, which neatly conceals all of the fittings, leaving a minimalist finish, whilst its slim profile means it doesn‘t impinge on space, even in compact bathrooms.

    By choosing the Geberit Monolith sanitary module for WCs and bidets, the renovation work on the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel was sped up significantly, with the first batch of 66 bathrooms complete and being enjoyed by guests in a matter of days.

    “At first, I thought that installing the sanitary modules would be tricky,” said Michele Tozzi, a member of the hotel’s maintenance staff. “However, the plumber assigned to the work had been well trained by Geberit. Once the first Monolith module was in, each subsequent module only took around two hours to install.”

    With installation time kept to a minimum, housekeeping staff happy with the ease of cleaning and guests full of praise regarding the stylish new bathrooms, Maurizio Naro is pleased that he chose the Geberit Monolith sanitary modules for his renovation project. He said: “We receive a lot of praise from our guests on the tasteful design of the renovated rooms and bathrooms,” he comments enthusiastically.

    Daniel Fountain / 31.10.2013

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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