Building work has resumed on site to deliver Sierra Leone’s first Hilton hotel, The Hilton Freetown Cape Sierra. Excavations have now been completed and the main structure of this 12 storey hotel is rising rapidly skywards. London-based design practice Areen Hospitality is appointed to design and fit out all interiors of this 200 key hotel, including Executive and Presidential suites, Infinity pool, two restaurants and a state of the art business centre.
Areen’s design narrative captures the local heritage, with the furniture and fittings responding to the surrounding landscape and natural beauty of the country. As a key feature, this has been integrated within the double height hotel reception, contained within a 3D sculptural wall representing the natural harmony between Sierra Leone’s landscape and the coastline. Within this space also hangs a bespoke chandelier made up of diamond shaped elements cast in resin. The chandelier’s shape will complement the laser cut marble pattern of the floor, creating a dramatic entrance leading the way to the lounge where guests can enjoy stunning coastal views.
Andrew Linwood, Head of Design, Areen Hospitality, comments: “We have worked closely with our client to ensure local materials, heritage and culture become an integral part of our interiors concept. From patterns used in local fabrics, to developing the typical basket weave patterns into 3D artwork, we are aiming to create spaces which welcome local and business travellers alike. All guests will enjoy the Hilton 5 star comfort and welcome, but they will also know that this hotel responds and relates to the wonderful country that Sierra Leone is fast becoming.”