Jupiter Hotels has completed the renovation of signature event spaces at three of its hotels in Brighton, Maidstone and Manchester.
The iconic Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel has unveiled the £60,000 refurbishment of its ‘Ballroom’ event space ahead of the property’s 150-year anniversary in 2014. The new room, which upon completion will be able to host 180-seated guests, embraces original Victorian features, including refurbished chandeliers which bring a genuinely glamorous feel to the space.
The new Heart of Kent Suite at the Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel becomes the largest hotel event space in the county, able to host 650-seated guests. Striking local artwork inspired by the “Garden of England’s” beautiful landscape has been added to the room – which also benefits from an abundance of natural light and a high ceiling.
In October, renovation work on the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel’s International Suite was completed, following a £500,000 investment. The space is able to accommodate 800 guests when laid out in a theatre-style and 650 guests for a banquet. The space has now become one of the North-West’s largest event facilities.
Jupiter Hotels CEO, Shane Harris, commented:
“Across our 26 hotels, we’re committed to providing truly exceptional meeting and conference spaces which leave a lasting impression with those who attend events at our properties. We ensure that cutting-edge technology and eye-catching interior design are incorporated into renovation projects that we complete – which our new event spaces in Brighton, Manchester and Maidstone are testament to.”
East Sussex-based interior designer Helen Hooper, of HH Interiors who worked on all three projects commented:
“The new meeting and event spaces are different in their own right, but there’s continuity in the design, which is an important part of maintaining Jupiter Hotels’ identity. The spaces are bright and glamorous – but versatile also, ideal for all kinds of gatherings from weddings to award ceremonies.”
Helen Hooper Interiors ensure every interior is looked at individually in all of the projects they undertake. The team covers developments in both the hospitality and residential sectors. Wherever possible the team use bespoke and unique pieces of craftsmanship which help to make the firm’s interiors consistently distinctive and intriguing. Helen Hooper and her team take into consideration every client’s individual budgets and deadline requirements. They aim to make a difference through design and often use clever cost effective ideas.
“As a designer when I look at the design of a room I look at it not as a simple redecoration but see it as an opportunity to tell a story, to create an experience, an opportunity to create something unique to enable the hotel to reposition itself in its market place.
“To me this room has to have a wow factor which has to be created specifically for it. For example with the bespoke chandeliers I designed for the Manchester International Suite or encapsulating the inherent features in the room such as the beautiful period detailing found in the Brighton Seafront hotel.
“The difficulty in designing these spaces is that in today’s environment they must have multi usage to suit all needs and requirements; the look and feel that a conference organiser may want can on occasion be different than that of someone wanting it for their wedding and the real challenge is getting the balance right.”
The four-star Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel boasts an enviable location, situated on the city’s seafront with fantastic views of the English Channel and close proximity to Brighton’s famous Lanes. The hotel, built in 1864 celebrates its 150-year anniversary in 2014.
The Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel is set in 26 acres of beautiful Kent countryside and offers 126 bedrooms, as well as a health club and spa. Close to junction eight of the M20 and adjacent to Leeds Castle – the four-star rated hotel benefits from 500 car parking spaces and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout.
Recently awarded four-star status by the AA, the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel features 280 bedrooms and is a short walk from Manchester Piccadilly railway station. The hotel features 10 meeting rooms and boasts complimentary Wi-Fi throughout.
Jupiter Hotels is a leading UK hotel management company run by hospitality specialists. Jupiter Hotels strive to give every guest an enjoyable stay, and one that is exceptionally good value.
Jupiter hotels is a new company which is a 50:50 joint venture between Patron Capital, the pan European institutional investor focused on property backed investments, and West Register, part of the Royal Bank of Scotland plc.
Jupiter Hotels currently operates 26 Mercure branded hotels in the UK, under a franchise agreement with Accor. Additionally the hotel group manages five properties which are branded Choice Hotels, of which four are 3 star and one is a 4 star Clarion Collection property. This takes their collection of owned and managed properties from 26, up to 31 across the UK. Over the coming months Jupiter will begin their investment programme which will continue to see their facilities upgraded and updated.
KAI Contract is a division of the specialist soft furnishings and textiles Group, Ashley Wilde, who have been in operation for over 60 years. KAI has an impressive fabric portfolio, fulfilling all the specifications for the hospitality, cruise and healthcare sectors.
KAI Contract was launched five years ago with its own in-house design studio, producing quality furnishing fabrics and meeting the ever changing trends in décor and interiors. Based just outside St. Albans in Hertfordshire, the studio boasts state of the art facilities, which allows the company to produce bespoke sampling for clients, as well as core collections.
Contract Sales Manager for KAI Contract, Emma Brickwood comments:
“Despite having launched the contract division at the start of the recession, we have been fortunate to work alongside some of the market leaders in the hospitality sector; these include Marriott Hotels, Holiday Inn, Hilton Hotels, Handpicked Hotels, Mercure Hotels and the Nando’s chain of restaurants.”
“As the market improves, many of our loyal clients have involved us in future projects and we look forward to these relationships growing.”
KAI Contract has enjoyed working with Helen Hooper Interiors, the main designer for Jupiter Hotels for several years and has undertaken projects at a variety of their locations with her, supplying appropriate fabrics to suit specific criteria for the hotels. This service also includes producing bespoke fabrics to suit the specifications.
“We have really enjoyed working with Helen and look forward to this relationship blossoming as we continue assisting with further projects that are planned for the future. The standard of interior for the Jupiter Hotels is extremely high and Helen’s attention to detail ensures that every element exceeds expectations. We at KAI also have very high standards and pride ourselves on providing a quality service, together with accommodating and interpreting the client’s needs and wishes.”