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London’s first hotel unveils new lobby design by Olga Polizzi

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London’s first hotel unveils new lobby design by Olga Polizzi

Brown’s, a Rocco Forte Hotel, has unveiled the new British springtime-inspired floral front lobby, which has been designed by Olga Polizzi…

Since opening in 1837, Brown’s, which is London’s first hotel, has always been at the forefront of design and, in this latest unveiling, Olga Polizzi, Director of Design for Rocco Forte Hotels pays homage to Brown’s British heritage and illustrious legacy through the exquisite décor and ornately crafted patterns of its new reception area.

The piece de resistance of the new front hall is the hand painted wallpaper featuring whimsical wisteria, created exclusively for Brown’s by renowned British Interior Designer and Artist, Adam Ellis.

Olga Polizzi, the creative mind behind the design process commented: “I wanted to convey the quintessential English garden feel in a fun and playful way. The oversized wisteria, the bright colours and strong patterns are an ode to spring in the United Kingdom and make the front hall interesting and joyful.”

The harmonious palette of blue and mint green hues combine to create a residential-style space where guests are welcomed to their home-away-from-home. The new front hall also features a signature belvedere glass roof that brings an abundance of natural daylight into the centre of the space.

“The new Belvedere glass roof has flooded the reception with light and added a sudden skyward view,” said Polizzi. “The concierge team also now have their own reserved area where they can attend to guests in private.”

Stuart Johnson, Managing Director of Brown’s Hotel, said of the new design: “Olga Polizzi has triumphed once again in completing the final piece of the jigsaw and remodelling the entire ground floor, with an opulent space and feeling of a walk through an English country garden.”

The new front hall follows a larger restoration of Brown’s. The signature Donovan Bar exudes luxury with rich green velvety tones and the restaurant Beck at Brown’s boasts playful foliage patterns. Both spaces were renovated in 2018, and collectively furnish a stunning new look for the entire ground floor.

The front hall celebrates a fresh new approach to welcoming guests whilst continuing Brown’s legacy of being London’s original luxury hotel for more than 180 years.

The Balmoral reveals new look for Scone & Crombie suite

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Refurbished 220 square meter accommodation can be booked as a two or three bedroom suite.

Rocco Forte Hotel’s Edinburgh property, The Balmoral, has revealed a new look for its flagship Scone & Crombie suite.

Led by Olga Polizzi, Rocco Forte Hotels’ Director of Building & Design, and sister to Sir Rocco Forte, the company says the Scone & Crombie will become one of the largest suites in Scotland thanks to an extensive refurbishment.

Named after the Scone Palace in Perthshire, the signature suite has been designed as the ultimate city base for families. The flexible accommodation stretches over 220 square meters and can be booked as a two or three bedroom suite.

Private Check-Ins

The addition of a sizeable entrance hall provides a location for discrete private check-ins and opens onto a multipurpose meetings and dining space.

The sitting room, with its working fireplace and serene colour palette, has been designed to provide a restful foil for the scheme in which rich fabrics meet opulent furnishings.

The master bedroom, meanwhile, has also be completely redesigned – combining what the company says is modernity and tradition with the juxtaposition of antique and heritage pieces with pops of colour and bold prints.

Rocco Forte Hotels’ says the renovated rooms and suites are integral to its ongoing suite offering – the company has unveiled The Rocco Forte Suite Experience and as part of this, The Balmoral has created an exclusive cashmere turndown service for the Scone & Crombie with luxury Scottish cashmere brand Hawico.

Outdoor Adventure

In addition, two new experiences – Scone & Crombie Land and Scone & Crombie Sea – have also been created for guests of the suite in partnership with Scotland’s outdoor adventure specialists, Ossian. Offering access to sporting locations and private properties, Scone & Crombie Land will see Ossian founder, Ted Innes Ker, lead a tour of his family home in the Scottish Borders, Floors Castle, and host a dinner in the Duke’s Fishing Hut located right on the banks of the River Tweed.

Scone & Crombie Sea, meanwhile, offers guests the opportunity to escape city aboard a luxury boat and explore the islands and coastline of the Firth of Forth. Guests will have a BBQ lunch in a rustic log cabin overlooking a vast sandy beach and across to the Bass Rock and May Island.

JK Rowling suite - The Balmoral, Edinburgh

Olga Polizzi leads redesign of JK Rowling suite at The Balmoral

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The suite in the Balmoral, Edinburgh where JK Rowling finished her book ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ has been renovated along with 36 other suites after a three-month refurbishment programme led by Olga Polizzi.

Fans of the wizarding series enter the room through a purple door adorned with an owl door knocker. Inside, whimsical woodland designs can be found, from owl and bird figurines to tree-themed wallpaper. Plush chairs, couches, and colourful orange and red pillows adorn the cozy suite, and the entire Harry Potter series lines a stately bookshelf, just in case you hadn’t read it yet.

The suite also contains a glass-encased bust of the Greek god Hermes, which Rowling triumphantly signed after finishing the fantasy fiction series: “JK Rowling finished writing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in this room (552) on 11 Jan 2007.”

This summer, Rocco Forte Hotels is marking its 20th year with the refurbishment of The Balmoral in Edinburgh, the hotel that signifies the beginning of Sir Rocco’s portfolio in 1997.