Hilton London Metropole has announced that it is undergoing a major $9.1 million lobby transformation, a move expected to revolutionize the arrival experience in one of the biggest conference and events hotels in Europe. The hotel will be the first UK property to incorporate the Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand’s new lobby design narrative, which provides what was described as “smartly designed and functionally relevant lobby spaces, for guests and locals to work, socialize and enjoy”.
The two phase refurbishment, designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson, reflects the Hilton commitment to creating engaging spaces. The completed first phase sees a new lobby bar - EDG Bar & Lounge - and Whisky Lounge, while the installation of double-height glass entrances will mark the overall completion of the project in August 2013.
Phase one was already completed.
Ten British custom-made vanilla leather and fabric suspended lights form a focal point over the new double-height EDG Bar & Lounge, while muted grey fabrics, with splashes of yellow, adorning the venue. A feature wall behind the 20-foot long bar also forms a central part of the lobby bar and lounge design as fusions of color in night and day lighting effects are projected through cut-out sections in the wall sculpture. Free Wi-Fi and power sockets are available for guests.
The 22-cover Whisky Lounge encompasses black and mauve-grey furnishings, with hints of dark cyan and teal. The Whisky Lounge exhibits feature lighting in the form of suspended whisky decanters, while whisky display cabinets frame and showcase a collection of whiskies from around the world.
Phase two is to be completed in August 2013.
The installation of two double-height entrance glass doors will modernize the exterior appearance of the hotel, as well as creating a new entrance on Harbet Road, giving guests direct access from the taxi rank. Guests will check-in at individual pod-style desks, contrasted against a leather feature wall.
As part of the lobby refurbishment, the mezzanine level meeting rooms will also undergo renovations, including the creation of an octagonal shaped meeting room, seating up to 18 delegates boardroom style, with floor to ceiling windows on six-sides. An additional mezzanine meeting room will cater up to 40 delegates, taking the total meeting rooms on this level up to 11.
Once complete, the refurbishment will increase the lobby floor space by 60% and double the number of restaurant and bar options. Five new bedrooms will also be created, raising the hotel’s total number of guest rooms and suites to 1,059.
Hilton London Metropole boasts first class conference and events facilities, including two conference suites each with the capacity to hold 1,600 people and a third theater style suite, which caters to 800. The hotel also offers multiple restaurants, a 12.5 meter heated indoor pool, sauna and steam room.