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Edge Architects completes 3 design-led Mercure hotels

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Edge Architects completes 3 design-led Mercure hotels

The architecture and design firm has recently completed Mercure hotels in Cardiff, Birmingham and Bedford…

In the last few months, Edge Architects + interior designers has completed three Mercure-branded hotels in Cardiff, Birmingham and Bedford.

The lead designer on all three projects, Craig Parry, has an impressive portfolio including ibis Styles Southwark, Doubletree by Hilton Snowhill, a host of other Mercure hotels, Hampton by Hilton Manchester and Old Bishops Palace Chester.

Parry has sensitively designed the hotels, inside and out, with the aim to balance consumer demands for fresh interiors as well as the need for flexible public areas while also retaining character and style in the architecture and the motifs sheltered within each property.

For example, the 121-key Mercure Bedford Centre Hotel is located in a popular destination for canoeing and kayaking, with the property itself encompassing elements of the area’s cultural and historic past, including timber features from canoes, water graphics and rowing illustrations.

Meanwhile, the new Mercure Cardiff North Hotel draws inspiration from local landmarks such as the Millennium Centre façade in Cardiff Bay, with details such as copper aesthetic lining and curated display items that encompass elements of the area’s cultural and historic past.

The Mercure Birmingham West Hotel is an urban retreat that consists of 168 rooms, which feature locally inspired and sourced artwork and design elements.

White bed, with construction inspired wallcovering

Image credit: Mercure Cardiff North

“Each hotel has the Mercure service and features that guests expect but they offer local touches too.” – Michael Brag, Chairman of Proark

Having previously operated under the Park Inn brand, the hotel is one of six across the UK to have been signed by Danish based property group, Proark, and rebranded to Mercure.

We have worked closely with Accor since signing this portfolio of Mercure hotels and are extremely pleased with the result of the refurbishment. Each hotel has the Mercure service and features that guests expect but they offer local touches too, which we are confident will be well received by business and leisure travellers alike,” Michael Brag, Chairman of Proark told Hotel Designs. “For the design, we decided to work with Craig Parry, as he has vast practice experience in hospitality for Mercure, as well as independent boutiques, so we felt he was the right man for the job.”

Main image credit: Accor/Mercure/Proark

Mercure Nottingham City Centre Hotel reveals latest renovation

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Following the renovation of The George suite, the launch of the brand new lobby concept, the addition of the Curious Tavern and Lost Property the secret bar. Mercure Nottingham City Centre Hotel now reveals its brand new bedrooms.

After months of exploration and innovative design work by The Curious Design Company, Mercure Nottingham is proud to showcase the brand new concepts, fitted by Flagship shop fitters of Mansfield, enabling the ultimate experience for the discerning traveller. In keeping with the hotels historical elements of traditional English heritage, the new areas take their cue from the design concept of The Old George period elements with a modern twist, allowing the setting of luxury yet comfort.

Mercure Nottingham City Centre
The hotel’s design aesthetics are inspired by the building’s historic role as the first hotel in Nottingham. Strong colours, textured fabrics and up cycled furniture are artfully combined to balance the grand with the contemporary.

Mercure Nottingham City Centre
Daniel Brown, Managing Director of The Curious Design Company said, “Without rules, directive board or address, we wanted to ensure the property’s history prevails throughout with classical features showcasing the grandeur of its time.”

Mercure Nottingham City Centre
The brand new design plays homage to traditional English style incorporating bespoke surprises in each room; Whilst modern hospitality services and amenities, such as complimentary 24-hour Wi-Fi connection, Nespresso coffee machines and a 24 hour gym are sure to make every guests’ stay at Mercure Nottingham City Centre George Hotel truly extraordinary.


Mercure Gloucester

Investment, refurbishment at Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall

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The General Manager of the 4* Mercure Gloucester, Bowden Hall hotel, Gavin Jones, has today announced plans for a comprehensive refurbishment of the hotel’s 72 bedrooms.

The announcement follows just weeks after the launch of the hotel’s new Bar & Brasserie Restaurant. The hotel’s stunning ballroom was redesigned two years ago, followed by the reception and public areas in 2016.

The bedroom renovation will take place gradually over the coming months whilst the hotel maintains normal business with minimal guest disruption. The new bedroom design, created by Jupiter Hotels’ interior designer, Helen Hooper of HH Interiors, will be unveiled on 19th August when the refurbishment is completed.

Commenting on the developments at the hotel, Gavin Jones, General Manager of the Mercure Gloucester, Bowden Hall, said: “It is such as exciting time at the hotel. We have seen major transformations over the last two years starting with the redesign of the Lakeside Suite and the renovation of the historic hotel’s reception area. To now be undergoing an extensive refurbishment of all our 72 bedrooms is fantastic. Once complete the hotel truly will be one of the finest hotels in the Cotswolds – I am very proud.

“Last month we celebrated the opening of our new Bar & Brasserie restaurant and are already welcoming locals and guests from across the county and further afield. We have already built strong local connections such as Cotswolds Distillery and the new gin list is proving particularly popular,” he added.

Mercure Gloucester, Bowden Hall Hotel is a beautiful Georgian country house hotel set in 12 acres of sweeping parkland.

‘Change in the air’ at Nottingham’s oldest hotel

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Nottingham’s oldest 76-bedroom hotel is delighted to announce that change is in the air. From the opening of The George suite, to the launch of a brand new lobby concept and the recent Curious Tavern on the ground floor with more to be revealed.

The Mercure Nottingham City Centre George hotel is set to introduce a number of further developments that will elevate guests’ stay to an extra level of excitement.

After six months of careful planning and creative design work by The Curious Design Company, Mercure Nottingham is proud to showcase the brand new concepts for the discerning traveller. In keeping with the hotels historical elements of traditional English heritage, the new areas take their cue from the design concept of The Old George period elements with a modern twist, allowing practically and a fresh feeling room.

Daniel Brown, Managing Director of The Curious Design Company said: “The hotel is full of inspiration being Nottingham’s oldest hotel so wanted to draw on traditional period fabrics such as tartan and elements of lace to add to Nottingham’s rich heritage. The bathroom suite was influenced by Victorian bathrooms which matches the era in which the rooms were created.”

Mercure Nottingham - Curious George Design

The George suite pays homage to traditional English style incorporating a separate living area, secret sleeping quarter and bathroom. To complete the space a few surprise design features feature in the lobby and fascinating trinkets along the library walls. A disguised door in the giant bookcase leads you into the main bedroom.

Modern elements of the equation feature in the overall design of the suite; flexible application of mood lighting, large windows with excellent views of Nottingham city centre, giving the suites abundant natural light.

Set the mood and play your tunes with an integrated Zonal Bluetooth speaker system. The built in system streams music wirelessly from any Bluetooth-enabled device.

A further update, which takes the design into 2017, is the array of luxuries the suites offer. A roll-top bathtub, complete with a stock of luxury toiletries allows guests to enjoy an optimum wellness experience. Meanwhile, modern hospitality services and amenities, such as complimentary 24-hour Wi-Fi connection and a Nespresso coffee machine are sure to make every guests’ stay at Mercure Nottingham City Centre George Hotel truly extraordinary.

It does not stop here; there is more to be revealed at the hotel in the coming months.

Bowden Hall

Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall to unveil new look

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The elegant Bowden Hall Hotel has undergone an extensive refurbishment, transforming the grade II listed four-star Georgian country house hotel.

The hotel, nestled in 12 acres of sweeping parkland, will unveil its new, locally inspired look at an official opening on the 6th September 2016 with a special event planned to launch the hotel’s stunning new interior design. The renovation includes a transformation of all public spaces, including the restaurant & bar, lounge and reception areas.

Interior designer Helen Hooper of HH Interiors, who has previously worked with Jupiter Hotels on renovation projects across the UK, managed the project. Helen explained: “We wanted to give the hotel a new look, which was influenced by the hotel’s exquisite countryside setting and deliver locally inspired touches throughout, which lie at the heart of the design concept. The new interior fuses contemporary fabrics and colours with traditional, period features and detail, epitomising nostalgic elegance with a modern day style.

“There’s a Beatrix Potter inspired gold ‘M’ wall, a Gloucestershire inspired pig table complete with spots and a country forest mural; all of which enhance the hotel’s local heritage and picturesque countryside backdrop. We added pink leather and blue velvet chairs, a marble bar and marble coffee tables to convey luxurious elegance. Pastal tones are used throughout to deliver a serene and calming energy.”

Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall
The new look comes after the stunning Lakeside Suite was renovated last year, offering the perfect space for dreamy weddings or special events and accommodating up to 180 guests.

The lounge at Bowden Hall Hotel, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the front lawn, offers the perfect setting for guests to enjoy a traditional afternoon or a round of cocktails with friends and family before savouring a delicious Sunday lunch in the stylish new restaurant.

Emma Kewley, Interior Designer at House & Hotel Interiors, worked alongside Helen on the project. Emma comments: “There’s an array of unique design features, which draw inspiration from the hotel’s beautiful countryside surroundings. The carpet pattern is designed to look like water and was inspired by the stunning lake at the bottom of the hotel’s sprawling grounds.

“We’ve added contemporary and bespoke artwork throughout with a butterfly cello, a copper wire bird migration, and boxed pictures, which contain maps of Gloucester, to enhance the hotel’s rural English heritage. Bespoke chandeliers and gold leaf lighting was added to deliver a sense of grandeur throughout.”

Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall

Commenting on the refurbishment, hotel General Manager Gavin Jones said: “We are delighted with the recent refurbishment and feel the new design concept continues to elevate our new vision, enhancing the hotel’s heritage and local community, whilst offering a contemporary edge.”

Shane Harris, CEO Jupiter Hotels, added: “The investment demonstrates our continued commitment to the growth and transformation of our portfolio in the UK. The renovation of Bowden Hall Hotel provides a taste of what’s to come over the next year as we increase hotel development and elevate customer experience in the mid-scale sector.”

Mercure Bowden Hall Hotel is ideally located in the Cotswolds country village of Upton St Leonards, just three miles from Gloucester city centre. The hotel is set in extensive grounds showcasing exquisite landscaped garden views.

Accor Hotels in Nanchang, China

AccorHotels announces triple opening in Nanchang, China

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AccorHotels has announce the opening of three new hotels under the Pullman, Novotel and Mercure branding with Wanda Group in Nanchang, as a key development of the Nanchang Wanda Cultural Tourism City.

Pullman, Novotel and Mercure Nanchang Wanda will form part of the biggest hotel cluster featuring 1,388 guest rooms, 4 restaurants, 3 bars and 1,310 square metres of banquet and meeting space including an 800-square-metre pillar-less ballroom in addition to wellness facilities. The three properties combined will offer the largest guest room inventory under the AcccorHotels Greater China portfolio.

“The opening of three hotels in a single day symbolises AccorHotels’ continuous growth and development in the Greater China region,” says Michel Molliet, Chief Operating Officer of AccorHotels Greater China. “This is our first and biggest hotel project in Central China,” he added.

– Pullman Nanchang Wanda has 403 guest rooms including 16 suites. The rooms feature a garden and lake view with distinctive signature touches under the Pullman brand.

– Novotel Nanchang Wanda offers all the brand’s customary multi-service facilities geared to the needs of business and leisure travellers. The 481 spacious, modular guest rooms include eight suites and a family suite.

– Mercure Nanchang Wanda features 504 modern-style guest-rooms. Like all Mercure hotels, this mid-scale property combines the strength of an international network with a strong quality commitment and a distinctive local heritage.


Mercure Brighton

Mercure Brighton unveils new marine-inspired bedrooms

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Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel has unveiled its new bedrooms and courtyard.

Located opposite Brighton’s famous beach, Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel is an elegant Grade II listed Victorian property. The hotel’s Mews rooms have been given a new contemporary look with artwork that echoes its location and Brighton landmarks alongside a marine-inspired colour scheme.

Within The Mews there are 22 Classic Rooms which have been given a fresh modern look, with a feature wall that has a stunning photographic image, as well as new televisions and new soft furnishings, wallpaper and paint in a seaside palette.

General Manager Iain Lindsay said: “We’re delighted with the new look of our rooms. The Mews is a lovely area behind our impressive main building. It’s quiet and self-contained, ideal for groups and corporates who want to be accommodated together. The Mews is a low rise building, where the stables to the main hotel building were originally located. The rooms are light and airy – and now with the new look, even more stylish.”

Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel overlooks the sea and the promenade and also offers an impressive ballroom with original 19th century chandeliers, a restaurant and bar, plus six meeting spaces.

The hotel is just a short stroll from Brighton’s centre, with the Pier, characterful Lanes and Royal Pavilion under a mile away.

Mercure Chester North

Mercure seeking to sell six properties through Christies & Co

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Specialist business property adviser Christie & Co has been appointed to sell and is inviting offers for six Mercure-Branded Hotels.

All six properties are available free and clear of the current management but with the benefit of a franchise agreement with Accor under their Mercure brand. The hotels are available on a whole, sub-group or single asset basis…

  • Mercure Bowdon Altrincham Hotel – This freehold hotel is located in one of Cheshire’s most affluent suburbs close to many key commercial and leisure attractions. The property comprises 87 en-suite bedrooms, restaurant, bar and a variety of meeting rooms. The leisure facilities include a gym, swimming pool, sauna and steam room.
  • Mercure Chester North Woodhey House Hotel – This freehold hotel ccomprises 75 en-suite bedrooms arranged over 3 floors on an extensive freehold site. The property has on-site leisure club facilities with mini gym, sauna, steam room and swimming pool. Large conferencing facilities allow for a maximum capacity of 250 guests in addition to a restaurant, bar and 200 car parking spaces.
  • Mercure Hatfield Oak Hotel – This property is located close to the A1M motorway and comprises 76 en-suite bedrooms, restaurant, bar and a range of meeting facilities.
  • Mercure Telford Madeley Court Hotel – This freehold Grade II listed country house property also includes modern detached bedroom blocks and function suites on site. The hotel’s location and large function space means it benefits from commercial, leisure and wedding demand. Enjoying a lake setting in extensive grounds, the hotel’s main building dates back to 1544 and comprises 17 en-suite bedrooms, a selection of small function spaces, restaurant, bar and wine cellar which can host up to 60 guests.
  • Mercure Wolverhampton Goldthorn Hotel – This freehold hotel comprises 74 en-suite bedrooms arranged over 2 buildings. The accommodation consists of a restaurant, 2 bars, a variety of meeting rooms and leisure facilities including a gym, swimming pool, sauna and steam room.
  • Mercure Wigan Oak Hotel – This hotel is available as a long leasehold. This is a purpose-built property comprising 88 en-suite bedrooms arranged over 5 floors served by a single passenger lift. There are a variety of function rooms, large restaurant, bar and a terrace area adjoining the main function suite. The hotel is within walking distance of the main shopping attractions of Wigan and a short drive from the DW Stadium, home to Wigan Athletic FC and Wigan Warriors RLFC.

Jeremy Jones, Head of Brokerage – Hotels, at Christie & Co commented: “These hotels are each located within vibrant regional UK trading markets. Initial interest has been very encouraging on a group, sub-group and single asset basis.”