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POINT a Hotels Edinburgh and London

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POINT a Hotels

Taking 11 months, POINT a Hotels Edinburgh and London Kensington have now opened. Guests of both POINT a Edinburgh and POINT a London Kensington will be able to take advantage of extra-value offers and deals at local bars and restaurants through the hotels’ free-to-join signature loyalty programme, the A-List.

Maith Design were the appointed designers of both the new additions to the brand. They told PREMIER HOSPITALITY said: “We already had an existing relationship with POINT a Glasgow. POINT a have their own brand concept and it was quite a quick programme. The Edinburgh site was on the edge of a conservation programme so it was a tricky site to get everything in but it was a really good challenge. We tried to stick closely to the brand throughout the design but both sites are adapting to the building themselves. POINT a have their own unique brand; it doesn’t matter if you’re in Edinburgh or Glasgow, you know you’re in a POINT a room.”

POINT a Kensington involved the Queensway Group redeveloping the previous Easy Hotel to provide a 103-bedroom POINT a hotel. Situated on West Cromwell Road, and within the local conservation area, the project included the retention of the existing façade together with a sensitively designed new build development, which addresses the varying existing levels and adjacent building height constraints. Incorporating a palette of brickwork and slate tiles to match the existing, the new hotel blends in between its neighbours whilst, at the same time, providing another contemporary hotel, with the new POINT a public areas.

Maith commented:

“The London site was a very tight space. There were lots of constraints, as well as neighbouring buildings, so a challenge was to maximise the opportunity of the site. The refurbishment was just as key to the rear of the building as it was the front. It was exciting but quite challenging at times.”

POINT a Edinburgh opened in time for the Edinburgh Fringe festival and is situated within Terry Farrell’s Edinburgh West End Urban Masterplan. Conference House was acquired by the Queensway Group to provide their first POINT a brand hotel in the capital city.  The existing building comprises six floors of vacant office accommodation, which have fully been remodelled to provide a 149-bedroom POINT a hotel to complement Queensway Group’s expanding new brand portfolio. Set in the heart of the city, the range of bedrooms offer varying views across the city’s urban skyline.  With the key front of house breakfast zone and lounge areas situated at ground floor looking onto bustling Morrison Street and the main entrance facing the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, this is a fantastic setting for the new hotel.

Both hotels feature a 24-hour hosted reception and a lobby lounge, where Point a’s signature Brekkie is served daily and refreshments are available 24/7. There is also free, superfast WiFi throughout the public areas and the guest rooms, which also feature luxury Hypnos beds with fabric headboards and throws from the Isle of Bute, power showers, 43-inch Samsung Smart TVs and mood lighting.
Maith Design finished:

“With all the challenges, they were rewarding projects because it’s what makes a project exciting. To see how they’ve turned out is absolutely amazing and we hope the guests enjoy it. The brand is focused on their guest’s experience thought high end, sophisticated modern hotels at reasonable prices.”

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Newhey Carpets

Newhey Carpets specialises in the manufacture of high-quality contract carpets for the hotel, leisure and entertainment sectors. The company, whose strapline is ‘Great British carpet since 1968’, boasts a strong portfolio of clients including InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Radisson, Sheraton Grand, Marston’s, Greene King, Grosvenor Casinos, Everton Football Club and Nobu Hotels amongst other’s.

Working closely with Leisure Concepts, based in the Midlands, Newhey manufactured over 850 square metres of high quality cut pile patterned tufted carpet for corridors and public areas.

Leisure Concepts specified a bespoke colortec carpet for the corridor areas at Point A Kensington and Granite from the Patina stock collection for front of house.  The Patina stock collection was also specified for public areas at Point A Edinburgh.

Emma Norman, Marketing Manager for Newhey Carpets, commented: “At Newhey Carpets, we pride ourselves in our quality and service. All our carpets are manufactured in the UK by our dedicated team of experts using the highest quality wool rich yarns all sourced from local suppliers.

“Our specifications have been engineered to offer value for money and outstanding performance. We also apply a sustainable backing called ‘evobac’ to all our carpets which is produced from post-consumer recycled PET – every square metre of carpet we produce prevents at least 8 plastic bottles from going to landfill or entering our oceans – making our carpets a sustainable choice for specifiers and end-users.”
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