Juliet Rose Bar, Hilton Hotel Munich City
Interior designers Goddard Littlefair have completed a striking new destination bar, Juliet Rose, at the Hilton Hotel Munich City. The scheme was inspired by the concept of unusual botanical extracts and the importance of process in the creation of its singular ‘root to fruit’ drinks; which includes a range of signature cocktails and praised as the best coffee in Munich. The result is a theatrical zoned space with an alchemical/laboratory feel, providing a perfect back-drop for drinks to be made and delivered. The scheme is contradictory in that it both stands out from, and also works in harmony with the overall hotel, which has also undergone a thorough revamp by the Goddard Littlefair team.
The 90-seat, 180 sq. m bar is located on the hotel’s ground floor, with easy access from both the hotel’s spacious new reception, as well as via its own dedicated Rosenheimer Strasse entrance, introduced to maximise customer flow. Customers can additionally access the hotel and bar directly from the metro station and a car park below, arriving via a circulation route through the ground floor of the hotel, which offers intriguing glimpses of the back of the bar through semi-opaque windows, so that the bar is referenced and announced from every possible angle.
The bar area is made up of four different seating zones, each with different stand-out features and including two bars. The main ‘ceremony bar’ is a stunning, monolithic U-shaped design (of moss green granite) that guests who use the hotel entrance see as soon as they enter the space. A second, smaller-scale coffee bar is made of the same dramatic moss-green and highly-polished granite, with the choice of material referencing the earthiness of botanical ingredients.
Above and behind the main bar is the gantry structure. Made up of brass sections, it has an industrial/lab feel, which is underscored by an apothecary-style bottle display. The barman prepares cocktails at its centre, making full use of dry ice, bell jars and a sense of reveal.
The four main seating zones include a casual drop-in area, (directly to the left of the entrance), primarily for daytime use for coffee and cakes. Further casual seating is to the right, whilst the two sections further back and along both sides of the bar, (for day or evening use), include a mixture of seating types, as well as a communal high table; for groups, cocktails evenings and special events. Planting is used throughout, both for biophilic appeal and to underline the ‘botanical ingredients’ bar concept.
Furniture throughout includes sofas in bottle green leather and loose seating upholstered in pale oyster pink, and deep orange leather with thin brass upstands and dark turquoise seat backs. Table varieties include a marble-effect silestone, a brass-edged timber-topped design or, for the higher communal table, a series of easily-conjoined tables featuring a print taken from a magnified gold-veined leaf print.
Located behind the street entrance to the bar, on the other side of a draft lobby area, are two stand-out pieces of bespoke-designed joinery: a waiter station and a moveable cocktail bar, both in high-gloss lacquer with blue-green tones to work well with the planting and moss-green granite bars. The cocktail bar has a removable top with ice and a sink inside so that it can be moved around to cater to guests anywhere in the space.
To find out more about Juliet Rose, visit: https://www.julietrosebar.com/mixology/
About Goddard Littlefair:
Goddard Littlefair is a London-based, luxury interior design studio, established in 2012 by Martin Goddard and Jo Littlefair. The company’s talented and international team works on multi-award-winning hotel, hospitality and spa projects across the globe, as well as high-end residential developer schemes. The Goddard Littlefair ethos is about combining aesthetic perfectionism and boundless curiosity with a team-playing, service-driven attitude. As the Irish Times said, ‘The firm’s unique selling point is the ability to knit smart, sensual design with a healthy dose of pragmatism.’ Goddard Littlefair’s hospitality clients include Corinthia, Kimpton, Intercontinental and Hilton Hotels, Ennismore, Cadogan and London & Regional. The company is also working on some of London’s most high-profile residential developments, including One Park Drive (within the new Herzog & de Meuron building), Southbank Place, South Bank Tower, Ebury Square, Grosvenor Waterside, Kensington Row, the Corniche, Merano and Canaletto Buildings, alongside luxury spa projects in London, Prague and Tripoli.
ChandlerKBS is an independent consultancy providing a wide range of professional services covering programme management, project management, cost management and other specialist construction consultancy services in the real estate, hospitality, commercial and infrastructure sectors.
In operation for over 30 years, ChandlerKBS works from its network of offices across all regions of the UK and Ireland. Outside the UK, it has been established in Germany since 1992 and works across 15 countries in mainland Europe. ChandlerKBS has offices in Berlin, Düsseldorf and Paris.
The company was recently involved with the Hilton Munich City. ChandlerKBS provided full project and cost management services to Hilton. The project scope comprised the renovation of 483 hotel rooms and all public areas.
Paul Henderson, Partner, commented:
“The Hilton Munich City property is a hotel which ChandlerKBS knows well, having carried out a previous refurbishment project in 2007. It was rewarding to see that the hotel was so well placed in the market and that both Owner and Operator decided to invest in such a refurbishment programme. This positions the property once more as a leader in its competitive set.
“The spark and flair brought into the project by the interior designers Goddard Littlefair combined with the energy of the broader team is what has made this project what it is.”
“We pride ourselves on providing innovative solutions to ensure that our Clients obtain best value, consistently delivering first class, cost effective results, underpinned by a track record that inspires confidence.”