London & South East

Hotel’s classic and modern fusion set to wow guests

A former budget hotel is being given a major £6.5 million makeover that will fuse 21st century modernism with traditional Georgian architecture in order to give guests the ultimate timeless experience.

The Eccleston Square Hotel, situated in the heart of Central London’s swanky Belgravia district, will be the epitome of urban funk and high-end boutique luxury when the Grade II listed building opens its doors later this year.

Contractor Urban Fabrik is responsible for handling the hotel refurbishment.

Hotel director Olivia Byrne said that the improvements will include stripping back the hotel’s interior and the repositioning of bedrooms into a more practical and manageable space.

The floors of the five-storey hotel have been leveled and the layout reconfigured, so that all the bedrooms are the same size. Under floor heating, air conditioning, and fresh air pumped into each room will ensure the perfect environment for guests.

There is cutting-edge technology in every room, while high ceilings and enormous original windows dominate throughout the building.

The 39 bedrooms of the hotel are divided into five categories. Every room is equipped with 3D LED televisions and 3D Blu Ray DVD players with 3D glasses, adjustable massage beds by Hästens and Hästens and a Mind Spa TV.

The rooms will also feature iPads that will help control various functions in the room including lighting, curtains to wake-up and bedtime settings, along with an iPad2 to help with a range of activities like spa bookings and shopping. The rooms will allow glimpses of either the city or garden, with a number of them having private courtyards or balconies.

The hotel will boast marble bathrooms with smart glass walls, which will turn opaque at the touch of a button, and a TV installed into a heated, steam-proof mirror. The wet rooms will incorporate rainfall showers, and high-pressure massage heads.

The hotel lobby features a black crystal chandelier and herring-bone patterned floor tiling, with the lounge comprising custom-made studded tub chairs, an open fireplace and silk finished walls to give it a sumptuous effect.

The exterior of the Georgian façade has been refreshed and the roof refurbished.

The interiors have been rewired and redecorated and two new lifts, featuring a bank of six TVs, have been installed into the core of the building.

The hotel also has a delightfully tasteful feel to the public areas – which include a reception, drawing room, media lounge, bar and restaurant.

A new restaurant called Bistro on the Square will be a key feature to the hotel, adding French verve and style to its menu, whilst afternoon teas, evening tapas, and an American brunch will offer hungry guests an amazing array of choices.

As part of the renovation project, the hotel’s former kitchen has been relocated.

Ms Byrne said: “The restaurant is a series of rooms all interconnected to give a convivial atmosphere in a lounge setting; It will be a meeting place for people and offer a great atmosphere.” The bar is supplemented with a massive 103in Panasonic TV.

She added: “We are moving along quite nicely and heading towards our grand opening. We are finalising the finishing touches in order to offer guests a stylish and contemporary, but comfortable stay.

“I think it will look fabulous once we are completely done and we can really visualise it. It will be quite an amazing place and we are getting excited as the opening nears.”

The building is located on an award-winning, pristine garden square, surrounded by creative and chic fashion shops, galleries and a myriad of stylish restaurants and bars.

 Maximum Air Conditioning Ltd 

Working with the project in the final stage of the supply and installation of all the Daikin air conditioning and ventilation systems within the hotel, are Maximum Air Conditioning Ltd.

The company installed 8 x Daikin VRV S Heat Pump outdoor Systems connected to the 39 bedrooms and 7 public areas indoor units – which is all controlled by an I-Touch controller coupled up to a state of the art BMS system. The whole Hotel is then ventilated by VAV system with Flak Woods supply and extractor fans, together with kitchen supply and VES extract systems and boiler ventilation, controlled by Swegon actuators. The systems are inverter driven to meet part L building regulations and they also incorporate heat recuperation, to be energy efficient and environmentally responsible.

The state of the art inverter driven air conditioning and ventilation systems are controlled by a total BMS system. This allows the start up and shut down of all services after a time period when the room is booked for occupancy, and switch off on exit of the key card – this allows for energy conservation and makes the hotel environmental friendly, together with cost savings for the hotel management.

Established in 1997, Maximum Air Conditioning is an accredited Daikin D1 Installer and operates throughout London and Southern England. The company specialises in the design, installation and service of these types of projects from start to completion.

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