Crowne Plaza Kensington, positioned in the heart of London SW7, announced a refurbishment project completed with London-based architectural and interior design practice Jestico + Whiles. The Crowne Plaza’s boutique London property will unveil a complete refurbishment of all accommodation on May 1.
Crowne Plaza Kensington, which boasts a Victorian stucco façade, has 162 rooms, some of which are among the largest in London, including 20 split-level suites providing apartment style living. Its facilities include a destination pan-Asian restaurant, Umami, cocktail bar and club lounge, as well as meeting facilities. Unique to only a handful of London hotels, The Crowne Plaza is also home to a one-acre garden overlooking the Victorian church of St Stephens.
With its ground floor lobby, bar and library areas refurbished in 2012 to offer a townhouse meeting place, 2015 is expected to elevate the property’s accommodation. Jestico + Whiles’s design aims to make the rooms and suites offer a new design emulating a true London spirit. In a contemporary twist with heritage London accents, the new look, executed in a contemporary style, will lean heavily on London Regency and Georgian reference points. Incorporating geometric, period-style references throughout the rooms from furniture arrangements to floor patterns.
Upgrades to the hotel’s guest rooms will include brand new flooring, echoing references of the black and white Victorian tiling of the borough, and textured wall coverings. Brand new furniture will focuses on British craftsmanship, from dense tweed ottomans and easy chairs to hand stitched leather dining chairs. New desks will feature pop-up vanity units and faux leather and fabric crafted headboards to flank the hotel’s signature Sleep Advantage beds.
The hotel’s 20 split-level suites will echo a similar design yet feature a dedicated lower ground living space complete with living and dining areas including sofa beds. Upper levels are accessible by wooden staircases.
All corridors will be re-styled with a nod to the property’s London townhouse heritage, featuring steely grey textured walls combining faux leather stitched panels, slick lighting design, and graphic print carpets. Accents of ironmongery will dress guest bedroom doors and elevators also re-dressed to feature a combination of painted wood panels, silver mirrors and faux leather panel surrounds.
As part of the hotel’s next phase, the property recently completed a renovation of its meeting and events facilities. With a total area of 563 square meters (6,060 square feet) across five meeting rooms, function spaces offer flexible configurations and high tech facilities. All spaces were re-painted offering bright white space, with the addition of magnetic “write on” movable walls, brand new concealed projector facilities, flat screen TVs, and AV systems operated via an in-house iPad.