The Sheraton Heathrow Hotel Completes Multi-Million Pound Public Area Refurbishment

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    The Sheraton Heathrow Hotel has put the finishing touches to a multi-million pound refurbishment of its public areas. The refurbished Sheraton Heathrow now boasts a completely new reception and lobby lounge, two new bars, a new restaurant and a new cafe complete with self-service technology. Designed by Nico Yiannikkou of premier interior design company Y2DC, the renovated spaces feature comfortable, open areas connected through a common theme of travel and exploration. Inspired by the Middlesex countryside around Heathrow Airport which is famed for its orchards, all of the new restaurants and bars at the hotel take their name from the traditional English apple.

    The main restaurant, The Orchard, will offer all-day dining in a comfortable, modern setting. Beautiful timber partitions and interconnecting screens in the ceilings help to create more intimate seating areas, ensuring the large space works just as well whether one or one hundred guests are seated. Playing on the location of the hotel, a ‘globe’ chandelier is suspended between the screens, whilst the feature table at the venue entrance is inspired by aviation design. The restaurant serves traditional English dishes prepared in a contemporary style including prime English steaks and home-made breads from a traditional stone fired oven. A special accent is put on locally-sourced, quality English Beef, offered in three prime cuts.

    With its travel-inspired decor, the hotel’s main bar has been named the Discovery Bar and will focus on beers, wines served by the glass and cocktails. The bar offers a range of light fare and snacks in the form of English tapas. Decoration in the Discovery Bar includes old trunks and suitcases as features, furniture fabrics imprinted with feint vintage postcard texts of by-gone travellers and a wall mural depicting an art deco map of the world. With its focus on local produce, the Discovery Bar menu features local ales from Windsor and Marlow.

    The Orange Lounge is the hotel’s brand new cocktail bar offering a quieter place in which guests can relax. The dark colours and central fireplace invite guests to sit down and unwind regardless of their time zone. The partitioning of this space again uses timber screens with the design inspired by the idea of aircrafts taking off and landing. Artwork on the theme of aviation in the form of black and white prints serves to enhance the sense of space. Signature drinks include a selection of local ales, wines by the glass and cocktails.

    The transformed Sheraton Heathrow will also offer the Link Café, which combines the Link@SheratonSM experienced with Microsoft, a unique communications hub in the lobby which provides complimentary WiFi and PC workstations so guests can surf the internet while on the road, with a self-service food and beverage area.

    The public area refurbishment at the Sheraton Heathrow is part of the Sheraton brand’s multi-year revitalisation effort which has seen Sheraton and our owners invest more than USD $6 billion in opening new hotels and renovating existing Sheraton properties across the globe.

    Located within easy reach of all of the Heathrow Airport terminals, the Sheraton Heathrow features 426 guest rooms, a signature Sheraton Club Lounge, Sheraton Fitness programmed by Core Performance and a modern Conference Centre with 21 meeting rooms.

    Daniel Fountain / 27.02.2012

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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