The historic Mercure Box Hill Burford Bridge Hotel underwent a nine-month redesign across its public spaces, restaurant and bar, bedrooms and meeting rooms, transforming the look of the locally inspired hotel.
Mercure Box Hill Burford Bridge Hotel is the second hotel the brand has unveiled in the UK that showcases its new lobby concept, which was first launched in Mercure London Bridge last year. The new lobby concept is based on the “la table d'hôtes,” which puts the customer at the heart of the experience.
Checking in and out at the property located at the foot of Box Hill in the Surrey Hills can be done around an oak table. Meanwhile, bespoke chairs with prints from John Keats poetry can be found in the new open lobby, marking the visit of the poet to this hotel. It was here that Keats wrote Endymion. This is also where part of the Arabian Nights was created by author Robert Louis Stevenson. Poet William Wordsworth, playwright Richard Sheridan and author, Jane Austen were also known to frequent the hotel and local area. In the Emlyn restaurant words from Austen’s classic, “Emma” can be found quoted on the wall, reminding guests of the Box Hill picnic set in the novel. Retro Penguin books can be found in the library area of the lobby.
Modern art created to incorporate the woven pattern from some wicker placemats gifted to the general manager from Lord Nelson after his stay years ago can be found behind the host table in the lobby area. Guests can also spott various objects in this open space, such as little bronze cycling figures, which represent the area’s association with the 2012 Olympics.
Miniature orchids that form the centerpieces of the restaurant are a nod to the area’s scientific interest. At the bar area, five Dorking cockerels hang on the bar wall, distinguished for their odd number of toes – five. The hotel’s feature wall also showcases local flint, which pays tribute to the local materials found in the area.
The hotel has 57 bedrooms. Each room showcases artwork printed on antique mirrors and fabrics. Each bedroom was also furnished with a new flat screen TV with international satellite channels, and 24-hour room service is available. Wi-Fi connectivity is available throughout the hotel free of charge.
In addition, Mercure Box Hill Burford Bridge Hotel also has eight meeting rooms that have been designed to cater for between four and 220 people. The Tithe Barn is the biggest of the event spaces. It was originally built in 1600 and was moved to Burford Bridge in 1934. It has vaulted ceiling, said to have been built from the timbers taken from the galleons of the Spanish Armada.
The Emlyn Restaurant, the hotel’s two AA Rosette restaurant, offers guests a selection of locally inspired dishes.
Other amenities include the hotel’s heated lido.