100 Queen’s Gate Hotel
Designed in collaboration with UK based architects Morrison Design and interior design companies DesignLSM and Newman Gauge, 100 Queen’s Gate Hotel – London joins several recently refurbished hotels in South Kensington, in the heart of the capital.
Hotels in this area are amongst the main beneficiaries of London’s burgeoning tourist trade and the majority are designed with international appeal in mind.
The 228-room hotel, owned by Crimson Hotels, has been converted from a DoubleTree property into a Curio Collection by Hilton, which is a growing portfolio of one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts in premier destinations.
Formerly the home of Victorian aristocrat William Henry Alexander the property has been transformed into a hotel that embraces the building’s heritage, retaining much of its original 1870s architecture.
William Alexander, a lawyer by profession, became well known not only for his wealth, but also his eclectic collection of oriental jewels and curios, collected on his exotic travels to the Far East.
The hotel’s interior and design reflects the rich history of the Victorian terrace building and attempts to capture the adventurous spirit of William Alexander and his Victorian contemporaries.
And elements of the hotel have been specially designed to spark curiosity and inspire guests to explore the delights of both Kensington and the great city beyond.
DesignLSM were commissioned to curate a unique narrative for the property, forming a personality that creates a strong sense of place.
The heterogeneous and contemporary palette of the hotel reception and lounge creates a warm and inviting ambience for guests introducing them into the luxury of the Curio brand.
The two main lounge areas are divided by a beautifully lit cabinet of curiosities displaying an assortment of discoveries which reflect the origins of William Alexander’s travels.
Reminiscent of a Victorian gentleman’s drawing room the space features a grand bookcase, writing desk and drinks trolley alongside plush furnishings and artwork.
The large, light and airy reception area creates a distinctive first impression with three bespoke timber reception desks taking centre stage.
Further pockets of lounge seating are placed around the space leading out to a relaxed atrium terrace that takes guests down to the ESQ cocktail bar.
Here the design curation is based around a traditional Victorian parlour room, where Alexander would bring his guests and business associates to discuss his latest confidential endeavours.
Adorned in a rich, warm colour palette with bold decorative fabrics the space provides a refined and relaxed ambience, ideal for pre and post dinner drinks.
The lower ground floor also offers access to two private meeting rooms decorated in a deep hues of blue and dark wood projecting a masculine undertone with curious collections of artwork and relics.
The ‘Botanica’ tea room is housed in an elegant double height atrium space with abundant arrays of luxurious greenery and planting.
Evocative of a classic Victorian orangery, the space offers vast amounts of natural daylight.
A particular highlight of the design is the pendant lighting that imposingly suspends from the ceiling, highlighting the elegant marble finishes and statement floor tiles.
The W/A Kensington restaurant utilises a rich palette creating a relaxed dining environment that transitions from breakfast through to dinner.
A yellow velvet banquette lines the side of the room alongside round booths of seating that overlook the streets of Kensington.
Displays of artworks and ‘marvels’ from Alexander’s expeditions are scattered around the space to inject a sense of interest and intrigue.
According to Lisa Robertson, Associate Director at DesignLSM, “The overall ambition of the interior was to inspire, stimulate ideas and create social conversation – encouraging guests to look around and be captivated by William Alexander’s bold personality.
“Curio’s brand voice is heavily imbedded into the aesthetic, creating an unforgettable hotel experience that distinguishes itself from others.
“I’m truly proud of the beautiful design results that we have achieved and feel that we have really created something that is spectacularly unique.”
Photography: Chris Orange Photography (except bedroom suites)