The Beaumont unveils the first phase of a vast renovation • Hotel Designs
The highly decorated Beaumont Hotel in London’s Mayfair has reopened, revealing a gentle evolution in several public and guest spaces, the first phase of a program of works that will result in a significant extension of the bedroom and space public property, is expected to be completed in early 2023. ReardonSmith Architects, the original architects of the hotel which opened in 2014, is leading the project team, working with New York-based designer Thierry Despont .
âThe reconfiguration and redesign work to date is an exciting first phase in the plan we have agreed with our client, Beaumont Hotel Property Ltd, to ‘revive the legend’ of the Beaumont Hotel,â said James Twomey , director of ReardonSmith Architects. âThis is a sensitive continuum of the hotel spirit and all the changes, both front and back of the house, have been made to support the staff of a recognized hotel for his exceptional service.
The lobby, which spans the entire front of the hotel, has been thoughtfully enhanced and redefined, leading on one side to the new Magritte Bar and on the other to the concierge and reception. Here, a wooden paneled portal has been introduced to frame the elevator lobby and a large hall which will eventually provide a seamless entrance into the new extension. Throughout the lobby, existing internal finishes have been revived, including the distinctive checkered marble floor and cherry wood paneling, while new fabrics soften the area.
As befits a hotel beloved for its transatlantic Art Deco heritage, the brand new Le Magritte bar is inspired by the American bars that took 1920s London and Paris by storm. a guest lounge in the 30-seat public bar, framing a fully glazed entrance with imposing backlit alabaster columns. Inside, the space is completely clad in European cherry wood and a leather-covered ebony bar is in the spotlight behind which hangs the work of Magritte art that gives the bar its name. The atmosphere is warm and glamorous. On the side, a glass door has been introduced to allow staff to serve the new outdoor terrace.
At the heart of the ground floor, the old bar has undergone a complete makeover to create the Gatsby’s Room. Enlarged, proportioned and redesigned, this is a brand new offering from The Beaumont – an intimate lounge for light meals throughout the day, afternoon tea to the sound of a grand piano, evening aperitifs and drinks after dinner.
The Colony Grill has kept its clubby Twenties New York atmosphere. A new sommelier station has been introduced and elsewhere some of the finishes have been replaced or revived. New murals and artwork are a striking addition.
In addition, the hotel spa now benefits from an expanded gym with state-of-the-art fitness equipment as well as a fourth treatment room and a relocated and redesigned male locker room, while on the first floor, two bedrooms have been fitted out. into a Mayfair suite and a third bedroom upgraded to a superior room which can be connected to the suite.
Located in the heart of Mayfair and the West End, The Beaumont embodies the spirit of the grand hotels of the 1920s, while remaining intimate, with just 50 rooms and 22 suites and studios, including Sir Antony Gormley’s ROOM, a living work of public art. Since opening in 2014, this privately owned and independently run five-star hotel has built an enviable reputation for its attentive, friendly service and beautifully appointed accommodations, winning many accolades including the 2020 CondÃ© Nast Traveler The preferred hotels of Gold List editors around the world.
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