Miniview: The Big Sleep Cardiff

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    From first appearance the tower block building seems bleak, almost uninviting. The dark presence contrasts to that of the sister branch in Eastbourne, which is accessorised by flags and a novelty ‘The Big Sleep’ deck chair. However, I was taught never to judge a book by its cover. I like to think I am more open minded than that. With this desired attitude in mind, I push all first impressions to the back of my head and step inside.On entering there is a large open plan area, functioning as the reception/ waiting room. This area is also home to the bar and snack zone. Most of the walls are replaced by windows, creating a light and calming atmosphere. One of the most eye catching features is the cerise pink bar. Small and unit like, it stands on the opposite side of the reception desk. The change in carpet colour from blue to pink emphasises its presence, along with the pink and white walls in which it stands in front of. Its decorative flower art conveys in my mind Hawaiian beaches and hot summer nights, giving it an exotic vibe. The snack area around the corner is of the same interior, allowing guests to sit with a cocktail at breakfast time, if desired, imagining (especially on the rare days where sun beams reflect upon the windows opposite) that they are on holiday in a faraway destination. This was a strong visual idea.

    As with the two other ‘The Big Sleep’ hotels, the Cardiff branch offers a number of different bedrooms to suit a variety of budgets and demands. The first room that suffered my analytical eye was The Penthouse Suite, the most expensive of the selection, yet, in my opinion still outstanding value. The natural light in the room is a result of the enormous windows that look out to the views of the capital. Duck egg shades create a calming yet sophisticated feel and the wallpaper is stylishly subtle.

    Each type of bedroom has a different theme and colour, which is a simple yet effective design idea, enhancing the individual features they have to offer. The twin bedroom is one of the most basic rooms available, yet has quirky touches that made me fall for its simplicity. Merely coincidental or not, I liked how the features of the room seemed to play on the ‘twin’ aspect. The single beds stand parallel to each other with matching headrests and coffee tables. The minimal look is captured through the lack of furniture, while the coffee tables are simply units attached to the wall, allowing for maximum space. Another quirky feature of the room is a retro telephone that sits at the desk.

    Daniel Fountain / 04.05.2011

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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