A Breath of Fresh Air to the Steigenberger Grandhotel Belvédère

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    JOI-Design has recently renovated the public areas of the Steigenberger Grandhotel Belvédère, one of Switzerland’s most celebrated Grand Hotels. The transformation reaffirms the property’s reputation as an acclaimed mountain resort by enhancing its elegant historical features whilst introducing modern comforts. Originally built in 1875 in a Belle Époque style, the Steigenberger Grandhotel Belvédère is located in Davos, a municipality in the Swiss Alps renowned not only for its winter sports but also, during warmer months, as an outstanding holiday destination for outdoor activities where hiking, biking and ski trails meander through dense forests and wild romantic valleys that offer breath-taking mountain vistas. This untamed natural environment clearly shapes local life and was a major influence upon the interior designer’s concept for the stylish refurbishment of the hotel’s public spaces.

    Along with regional references, the design was also inspired by nostalgic notions of exclusive Grand Hotels. Fine details, such as the dark, fishbone-patterned veneer in the joinery of the front desk suggest the craftsmanship of past eras.

    Redesigned spaces blend the traditional charm of an established grand dame with the first class amenities of a modern building, so guests can retreat to the luxurious comfort of the hotel to recount their adventures after a day skiing or hiking. The public areas are expansive yet configured to accommodate all guest scenarios, whether a lone traveller, a couple, or a group of family and friends.

    Flowing seamlessly from one to another, the lounge, café, and bar areas were envisioned as a harmonious sanctuary underlined by a subtle palette and intimate nooks with supremely comfortable furnishings throughout. The designers took their cues from the earthy tones and verdant landscape of the mountain ranges. In the lounge, the interiors emphasise original features while instilling a renewed and contemporary feel. Here, as well as in the café, original mouldings on the ceilings and walls were retained and refreshed with a crisp white finish that highlights their elegant ornate detailing.

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    Daniel Fountain / 10.04.2014

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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