The Perfect Hotel Room… what about the Hotel?

  • PUBLISHED BY: DAN GILLMORE
  • POSTED ON: Friday 10, 2017
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It seems to be the subject at the moment to discuss the perfect hotel room and what the guest wants, especially after recent events such as The Independent Hotel Show where Chic Retreats created a whole book on this.


Watergate Bay Hotel, Cornwall – Fresh, clean coastal scheme

We think it starts with the Hotel and its service, experience and comfort. I recently saw an article by Ella McDougall of Habitus saying that it’s the ‘glamour of vacation with the comforts of home’ That feeling of getting away but the home comforts, those items you need are all essential to the perfect setting.

The statistics that have been shared by Chic Retreats included “My dream hotel bedroom doesn’t feel like a hotel bedroom. It feels like home” and “I want somewhere you can get lost in and forget the rush and stress, of life” It all points to comfort away from home with a few extravagances!
We can talk about the ambiance, the colour shades, the lighting, the fragrances, the technology, the complimentary items, the furniture, the bed, the Art, the view, the room size, and the cleanliness and so on. All this has to be right and consistent through the hotel from entrance to terrace.

A recent discussion in Hansgrohe Water studio recorded by Mix Media covers many elements of design from a number of industry experts. This conversation covers everything from the hotel for the business person, the parents, the hopeless romantics, the escapists and so on. The discussion is between hotel management, construction, designers and suppliers and gives some great insights on latest trends.


Another Place Hotel, Ullswater, Lake District – Cosy library area

Recent projects we have worked on include Another Place Hotel and The Ned, both are quite different and very different in locations but have put a huge amount of emphasis on the experience of the consumer with the comfort and luxury at the top. Another Place is advertised as somewhere you can go for ‘active relaxation’ with its swim club, spa or somewhere to cosy up and read a book. The Ned however in the City of London offers ‘Crash pads to Signature Suites’ along with an array of restaurants, gym, spa, rooftop lounge, nail bar, hairdresser and everything for a lifestyle venue offering to escape from the city life.


The Ned, London – The more traditional classic style bedroom suites

To summarise the ‘Perfect Hotel Room’ or ‘The Perfect Hotel’ is a sanctuary we believe where you can escape and therefore needs plenty of spaces to relax, and free yourself from this busy lifestyle many of us lead.

  • PUBLISHED BY: DAN GILLMORE
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

What do you do at UHS?

Create global strategies to implement and fulfil the brand vision… Creative Solutions Together! I follow trends, design and cultures.

What do you do outside of UHS?

Spend time with my wife and family, keeping active with the kids who love everything from Roller Blading, Climbing to Beach BBq’s. I love to travel the world, eat and cook good food and drink great red wine.. in the summer Gin!

What is your favourite food?

My favorite dish has to be a seafood pasta with clams, prawns, shrimp, mussels topped with loads of Parmesan! team this with a crisp white wine! Bellissimo!

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Many craft beer bars are known for their contemporary décor and industrial furniture
Often presenting an industrial look, well-known and hugely successful Scottish craft beer company, BrewDog, is leading the “craft beer revolution”. Across its venues, the interior is a far cry from traditional slouchy pub chairs and stubby bar stools – instead, brightly coloured seating stands out against exposed brick walls and contemporary lighting fixtures. We supplied Tagg bar stools to Liverpool’s very own BrewDog; with wooden backs and seats, these stools can be powder coated in any RAL colour or lacquer.

When acquiring your furniture, be bold and stay away from brown or grey – create something with the purpose of standing out. Our product configurator is perfect for this.

Standing out as a craft bar or brewery in a crowded market is important
Admittedly, as a furniture supplier to the hospitality industry, we cannot advise you on the beer you choose to serve, how you decide to keep it, and the bar snacks on offer. However, what we’re great at is furniture design. We truly believe that it can inspire your customers to return, and help to promote your venue across visual channels such as Instagram and Pinterest (read our blog on Instagrammable furniture). To help you to visualise your new furniture, our product configurator allows you to customise 7 different parts of a chair in:

• 420 fabrics
• 20 wood finishes
• 20 RAL colours

As a result, there’s potential for you to create a combination unique to your establishment, perfectly in line with your brand, concept, and what your customers want to see.

Remember – making sure your furniture is durable is important too
It’s not all about your aesthetic! Durable furniture is important for the safety of your customers. Read more about RIGA Testing, our hospitality furniture endurance standard adopted by many well-known UK brands.

Craft bars with a difference
Of course we love the interior of BrewDog, but here are some other interesting craft bars from around the world that stand out in terms of their décor or furniture. It’s time to get inspired!

• BarBarian, Lima, Peru
These publicans have got creative and decked a whole wall out with beer bottles. The burgers are pretty good too.

• Bacchus Bar, Birmingham, UK
It’s not strictly a craft bar, but it’s kind of like walking into Hogwarts if Hogwarts was a pub in the centre of Birmingham…

• Albert’s Schloss, Manchester, UK
The bier palace! We adore the brightly coloured flowers surrounding the entrance and apparently, there’s “push for Prosecco” buttons on every table.

• Open Baladin, Rome, Italy
This venue has numerous rooms, unusual décor, and great beer.

If you need some advice on how to furnish your craft bar, get in touch with us or browse our product and case study pages for inspiration. Cheers!

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Printeriors approached UHS to help them supply furniture for their stand at the Fespa event in Berlin – this came after they saw images of the futuristic but retro looking Kite Chair.

Printeriors is a unique exhibit showcasing the many developing opportunities and benefits of using print in the interior design sector.

Forming part of the visitor experience at the FESPA Global Print Expo, in Berlin from 15-18 May, join designers, printers and manufacturers from all over Europe in discovering the innovative print applications and technology open to the interior design market.

[Above] Models from the event posing with the Jack Coffee Table supplied by UHS Group.

Print is revolutionising the way designers and architects work and leading the way for digital technology in production. This means shorter lead times in addition to more economical, straightforward and environmentally friendly processes.

We supplied furniture for the Printeriors stand at the Fespa event in Berlin. The theme of the stand was an “Airport Lounge of 2030” so our timeless Jack Coffee table, and retro Kite chairs fitted perfectly with the design.

Are you on the hunt for contract furniture for your student accommodation project?

UHS Group has been designing and providing modern furniture for establishments popular with students for several years… cheeky Nando’s anyone? Our vibrant chairs, tables, sofas, and stools can be found in commercial venues all over the UK – popular restaurants you’ve almost definitely heard of showcasing our collections include Nando’s, KFC, Zizzi, and ASK Italian.

 

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Collaborate with UHS to create an enviable student living environment 

The cost of living on or off campus means that students are no longer happy with flimsy plastic chairs and threadbare sofas. Invest in pieces to create an enviable student living environment, and a lasting impression in such a competitive arena.

 

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Need inspiration for your student accommodation project? 

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To gain interior inspiration (and take the first step towards designing your students’ living space) browse the collections on offer at UHS Group. Our favourites include Blok Seatingand Co-Create Tables – these items are stylish, practical, and robust (sturdy enough to last more than a few lively semesters!).

 

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In addition, a recent piece, the Kite Lounge Chair, offers a contemporary design with definitive angles – the perfect statement piece for a modern halls of residence.

 

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As well as providing stylish furniture, UHS Group understands the importance of furniture safety in commercial and public settings.

UHS Group is known for its hospitality projects. As a result, our knowledge of developing resilient furniture fit for use in challenging public environments is comprehensive (furniture safety is of paramount importance to us).

 

 

After realising the need for a hospitality furniture endurance standard, we developed RIGAtesting – an independent hospitality furniture testing house. The knowledge required to develop this standard puts us in a unique position as a student furniture supplier – we’re able to combine established furniture standards and perform additional unique tests in line with our clients’ requirements. For more information, visit: www.rigatest.com