The Lace Market Hotel
Featuring 42 guest rooms and brand new interiors, the Lace Market Hotel in Nottingham has undergone an extensive refurbishment which commenced in September 2015 and was finalised during October 2015. Luxuries that guests can enjoy include sumptuous design schemes, complemented by sublime feather mattresses, bespoke mini-bars and Merchants, the Hotel’s fine dining restaurant under new Head Chef, Ben Chaplin.
Suites and superior rooms boast large free-standing baths, period interior designs such as large sash windows and original fireplaces, and innovative artwork. All guest rooms feature standard amenities including flat screen LED TVs and an ergonomic layout to help you make the most of your stay.
Premier Hospitality spoke to Emma Barnes, Owner of Magna Designs, to determine the details on the hotel renovation. Emma said:
“At the start we looked at the building and decided what needed enhancing – some things were beautiful in their own right such as the wonderful windows. It is a Grade ΙΙ listed converted Georgian townhouse, with beautiful character and aspects such as its original shutters. Although it was a very swift turnaround – around six weeks – quality and unique styling was at the heart of everything we did and that focus never wavered.
“The basic aspects of the refurbishment had already been completed by previous owners and it was a case of looking at how we could build on that to enhance the wonderful building and add our own flair and creative touches to it. It was a blank canvas, so we were able to work with a very neutral palette which meant that we could go with the existing grey base, and introduce a pop of colour here and there and various artworks and features to add interesting elements to the space.
“I wanted all 42 bedrooms to be different, and I think I have achieved that. I did this by introducing different artwork, fabrics and upholstery. While all the rooms have similar stunning en-suites, it was all about how I could give them individual identities.
“The timescale was a challenge. We were up against making sure we had the right suppliers in place so we could deliver what was needed without compromise – it was something to overcome and we certainly did that.
“My goal was to bring the rooms to life – lifting them with more colour, gorgeous artwork, and big bold statement pieces. I also integrated the element of fashion with various patterns and textures to represent Nottingham’s heritage as a centre for cutting edge design and fashion.”
Magna Designs wanted to introduce big bold lace design artwork to the hotel – and by doing so they fully embraced the nature of the Lace Market area of Nottingham and the Hotel’s history within it. This was done so in a tasteful and contemporary manner, with lacework panels that Emma’s artist put onto canvases in diverse colours. These were positioned around the hotel in various rooms and they have worked out brilliantly.
“It’s lace – but not how you would expect it.
“We carried the lace theme through to the Hotel’s Saint Bar on the ground floor, with powder coated metal panels displaying a lace design commissioned by a local company. The metalwork is really striking and unique and it brings a contemporary finish to the Bar, which is the effect we wanted to create.
“It was lovely to be involved; it’s great to have a project with a unique building and setting, in a gorgeous part of Nottingham. There was a lot of hard work in trying to create different schemes for 42 bedrooms – however the flip side of that is that it is great fun!
“I love getting involved in projects like this where not everything has to be the same; it was a wonderful project to work on, I really enjoyed it.”
Portobello Art is an artwork consultant with more than 25 years of experience in the interior design, hotel and leisure industries. The company provides technical expertise and in-house design capabilities, taking schemes from the concept stage through to manufacture and installation.
Specialising in producing bespoke artwork, Portobello Art design, source and manufacture images to meet a detailed brief, whilst as digital printers the company can create any image in any size or colour to fit a scheme based on style, colour and theme. Working with interior designers and hotel groups on a regular basis, Portobello Art understand not only the pressures of rollout programmes and opening deadlines but also the importance of ensuring budgets are met.
Clients for Portobello Art include Premier Inn, Holiday Inn, Hilton, Ramada, GLH Thistle Hotels and CenterParcs, amongst others. Working on the Lace Market Hotel, Portobello Art was responsible for the framed artwork for the bedrooms and suites including waterproof canvases for the bathrooms.
Richard Lewis, Managing Director, said:
“It is great to work on a boutique hotel like the Lace Market Hotel, which offers something a little different from the brand hotels.”
“At Portobello Art we understand that every customer and every project is different. We will work together with our clients to develop and create artwork that is innovative and practical and stands out from the crowd whether for a single project or for brand rollouts. Our main objective is to achieve total customer satisfaction.”