Marriott Frankfurt – Champions Bar & Restaurant
Frankfurt’s Marriott hotel headed into the Christmas and New Year period with a brand new bar and restaurant for guests to enjoy.
Champions Bar & Restaurant was created by restaurant and hotel interior design specialist B3 Designers – and was unveiled late 2018. Champions Bar & Restaurant is a European sports bar and restaurant serving classic bar dishes and drinks in the German city’s central district of Innenstadt.
The lead designer on Marriott Frankfurt’s Champions Bar & Restaurant project was Laura Caner, who studied interior design in Barcelona, Spain. Laura joined B3 Designers in 2017.
The previous bar and restaurant, with its all-American theme, had been an iconic destination in Frankfurt for decades. Marriott’s design brief to B3 for the refurbished 220-cover bar and restaurant was to create a more European sports bar atmosphere and create a space where guests can enjoy themselves in a casual and relaxed environment. To bring this brief to life, B3 Designers has developed a design that completely celebrates a nostalgic, vintage sports bar, accentuating Champions’ history and heritage.
The heritage look-and-feel is woven throughout, starting gently at the entrance door inside, with a vintage trophy display. Once inside, the large bar featuring fluted timber, sits centre backed by a wooden menu display with old-school scoreboard-styled lettering. The furniture includes a mixture of high-bar seating and long communal oak timber tables with bench seats, and in the lower dining area is a mix of full-length curved booth seating, leather-upholstered banquettes with high back rests, and lower-level tables and chairs.
The abundant use of natural materials, rich tones and the darker colour scheme evokes a warm, comfortable and inviting vibe for everyone. The use of copper finishes on the bar’s countertop and beer taps is a nod to the traditional brewery tanks widely used in beer production and popular in classic sports bars. While black-and-white chequered tiling in the raised bar area and diamond-motif upholstery pay homage to the traditional football and referees kit. And the slatted timber booths evoke stadia-seating of a bygone era. Olympics and other sports-themed artwork and paraphernalia such as vintage footballs and boots, boxing gloves and bags, tennis rackets and photographs are scattered tastefully throughout the space.
One of the design challenges was working the 12 HD large projector screens into the design, and, more specifically, making sure they didn’t detract from the ambience during times when sports events are not being broadcast. B3 Designers has ensured the overhead screens are concealed discreetly above when not in use, and drop via a central motorised system, allowing the space to function as a standalone restaurant. Yet, during sports broadcasts, these screens play an important role in creating a premium seating sports experience around the restaurant.
Frankfurt’s Marriott hotel is ideally located just a short walk from the city’s main train station as well as a number of local attractions. The hotel boasts spacious and stylishly appointed rooms with high quality amenities and views across the skyline. For more information, please visit www.marriott.co.uk/hotels/travel/fradt-frankfurt-marriott-hotel.
About B3 Designers
B3 Designers, which creates distinctive, fresh and contemporary designs for the interiors of hospitality spaces, was founded by Mark Bithrey in 2002. Mark has worked in developing branded architectural interiors in leisure-dominated agencies for more than fifteen years.
B3 Designers has, under Mark’s creative direction, developed an impressive, diverse and award-winning portfolio. Prior to founding B3 Mark worked for Din Associates, Revolution and Portland Design where he gained a great deal of experience in the retail sector, having completed projects in the past for Selfridges, Virgin, Guinness and Ferrari. In addition to his work at B3, Mark held the post for Marketing Director at the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID). To find out more, please visit www.b3designers.co.uk.