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  • Room Mate Hotels opens first design hotel in the Spanish Basque Country

    Modern bar with mustard yellow bar stalls and clean lighting
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    The 33-key Room Mate Gorka, designed by acclaimed interior design studio Cuarto Interior, opens as the brand’s 24th hotel…

    International hotel chain Room Mate Hotels continues with its ambitious expansion plans and opens Room Mate Gorka; its first hotel in the Basque Country. This is the chain’s second opening in less than a month, after opening Room Mate Bruno in Rotterdam. What’s more, the chain aims to open another 11 hotels before the end of 2019. With Gorka, the chain now operates 24 hotels, consolidating its leadership in the urban centres of the world’s main cities.

    Room Mate Gorka, which intends on being one of the chain’s and the city’s landmarks, being located in the emblematic Plaza de Gipuzkoa in the heart of Donostia-San Sebastián, operates 33 rooms split into three categories: double, executive and duplex; many of which have large terraces. Its protected façade is one of the symbols of the famous square, as such its aesthetics have been kept the same.

     The project surprises, with a thoughtful, elegant, fresh, harmonious decoration with a classic touch

    “I am particularly happy with this opening. San Sebastián is one of my favourite cities in the world and Room Mate Hotels couldn’t not be here,” said Kike Sarasola, President and Founder of the Room Mate Group. “My father was from Donostia-San Sebastián, my memories in the city are wonderful and it brings me great joy that Room Mate Gorka is now a another member of the great family made up of 24 hotels located around the world. As with all new projects, at Room Mate Gorka we have taken care of the finest details. We are sure that Gorka is going to become a new landmark in the city. It is the work of my friends German Álvarez and José Manuel Fernández, from the studio Cuarto Interior, and working together has been a real pleasure.”

    Large guestroom with grey hues and warm lighting

    Design continues to be one of the underlying foundations of the hotel chain, as well as the concept of travelling visiting friends. In this case, Gorka’s personality is what set the tone for the decoration. Gorka is an extrovert, he’s creative and he loves travelling, and that’s exactly what the space portrays.

    “We loved designing the new Room Mate Gorka because from the very beginning Kike Sarasola had a very clear idea of the hotel that he wanted for his guests. Kike gave us complete freedom to create the interior concept of the hotel. It was an absolute pleasure working for Room Mate Hotels”, stated Germán Álvarez and José Manuel Fernández, the project designers.

    Room Mate Gorka is a classic contemporary design full of contrasts. The project surprises, with a thoughtful, elegant, fresh, harmonious decoration with a classic touch. The details that make reference to the La Concha beach front promenade are a clear example of this, as are the glass panes that separate the reception and the bar. Thanks to a careful use of transparent elements, some spaces are able to intertwine with each other. Moreover, this twist on the classic gives way to a modern, fresh elegance that has contemporary purposes whilst being reminiscent of timeless classics both in terms of the furnishings and the finishes and decorations. Cuarto Interior has given Gorka homely touches that create unique spaces in order to present a welcoming hotel with personality.

    The building’s architecture and its location in San Sebastián have been taken into account in order to create a space that is in tune with the city. Simplicity and elegance merge together at Room Mate Gorka in order to create an intimate environment that combines contemporary decoration with neoclassic touches.

    The whole design of the hotel is thought out to surprise and provide comfort in a sophisticated yet homely environment where guests will feel at home.

    Hamish Kilburn / 15.08.2018

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