Suite Dreams at 51 Buckingham Gate, Taj Suites & Residences

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    51 Buckingham Gate is delighted to announce the launch of five newly-renovated suites at their luxury residences in London’s St James. The £1.2 million investment was overseen by London-based designer Sue Freeman and reflects the hotel’s continued dedication in extending a veritable ‘home away from home’ experience for guests.The inspiration behind the renovation was to extend a feeling of tranquillity, evoked by 51’s unique setting, positioned around a secluded courtyard garden – a rarity in Central London.

    Two of the suites offer a generous 1,800 square feet of space and come fully-equipped with three spacious bedrooms and bathrooms, in addition to separate kitchen, living and dining room spaces, overlooking 51’s private courtyard. A further three suites consist of one, 2 bedroom and two, 1 bedroom accommodations, again with separate living and dining spaces. The pièce de résisdence is the ability to convert two full floors into a private space, offering nine bedrooms and extensive living areas, connected via an internal staircase – arguably one of the largest suites in the Capital.

    Freeman states: “51 Buckingham Gate’s clientele is, by definition, international and both long and short stay. It felt important to create a relaxed and very comfortable interior with an eclectic mix of furniture and artwork to give a truly residential feeling.”

    Tasteful remodelling has resulted in carefully-selected interior pieces along with modern conveniences of LCD flat screens and iPod docking stations. The original proportions of the interiors have been reinstated to promote warmth and light, including decorative fixtures alongside luxurious, tactile materials such as velvets, linens and hand-embroidered silks – a gesture to the hotel’s Indian roots. Lighting is provided by table, wall and standard lamps to help create a warm, intimate environment throughout.

    Freeman has employed a balanced palate of neutral tones with strong, individual colour accents to each suite, adding individual flair. Dark wood and polished stainless steel furniture strike a harmony between classic and contemporary design, whilst bespoke, art deco-inspired pieces add individuality. Natural flooring has been employed throughout – a mix of dark chocolate marble, neutral wood and woolen carpet, depending upon room space requirements.

    Daniel Fountain / 18.07.2010

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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