Good Godfrey’s bar re-launch at the Hilton Waldorf

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    The Waldorf Hilton, Good Godfrey’s bar and lounge has re-launched having been redeveloped and now features a striking, destination bar.The client’s brief was for designLSM to create a ‘statement’ bar, which would attract residents and passers by. This was achieved by cleverly illuminating the marble, chrome and granite bar with up-scaled lighting to create a bold, visual statement. Existing listed paneled features were retained whilst decorative wallpaper was added to the ceiling recesses and large antiqued mirrors hung from the walls to reflect a sumptuous interior. The lounge furniture has been chosen to encourage guests to relax and a palette of warm grey, gold and burgundy creates a sense of warmth and opulence.

    The Lounge and Lobby was minimalist in design with no sense of ‘arrival’ for guests, therefore large chandeliers, feature wallpaper and intricate mouldings were introduced. Heavy, theatrical drapes and grand, antique mirrors add to the sense of theatre. The same furniture was chosen to follow through from the bar in order to create a fluid space and offer guests a choice of seating.

    The second phase will see the current, sparse looking reception redesigned to highlight the sophistication and glamour for which the Waldorf Hilton is internationally renowned. Traditional style paneling, plush drapes and antique mirrors will be accentuated by elegant lighting. A library snug will be created and tucked away in the lobby area for those wanting to people watch.

    The main consideration undertaken by Simon Spiteri, Architecture Director and Karen Mitton, Senior Designer was to ensure that the design was sympathetic to the existing style and image of The Waldorf. Attention to detail will be paramount when creating an authentic and grand reception area because first impressions count.

    Daniel Fountain / 11.05.2011

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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