The Luxury Hospitality market is thriving!  Here we bring you three luxurious projects begining with Alma Lusa, the most recent addition to Lisbon’s growing collection of boutique hotels aimed at the sophisticated traveler.  We look at The Courtyard en-suites at The Alverton Hotel, Truro, where interior designer Matt Hulme of Dynargh Design knew just the products to add a touch of luxury and finally we travel to North West London’s Marriott Maida Vale to see the work of Anita Rosato Interior Design. 

Alma Lusa, Lisbon

Set in an 18th century Portuguese mansion in the “Praça do Município” is the Alma Lusa.   When Alma Lusa owner Miguel Simoes De Almeida decided to renovate the hotel, he knew that key to the design would be retaining traditional features, which would be enhanced by contemporary touches and luxury amenities. Key to achieving this look was the lighting and Miguel knew that Astro Lighting would be the right choice. 

“When I saw the new Atelier range I felt it was the right product to create the look that we were after”, said seasoned hotelier Miguel. “The Atelier has an industrial style that fits in perfectly with the ’old meets new’ look of the rooms, while the Atelier arm assembly with the clamp is the perfect solution for lighting the restaurant.” 

Supplied by Astro’s local partner Astratec, a collection of Astro luminaires have been installed, including Astro’s best-selling Atelier wall lights, which present a traditional ‘workshop’ task light as a wall luminaire to provide perfect illumination in the authentic Delfina restaurant and throughout the 28 guestrooms. 

In addition to the Atelier, Astro’s Padova and Luga wall lights, Parma plaster lights, plus trimless, inset Blanco downlights all feature throughout the hotel, complementing the beautiful interior design scheme. The Alma Lusa fully embodies Portuguese culture and has remained very true to its’ historic roots, whilst offering the perfect choice for a luxurious city break. 

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The Alverton Hotel, Truro 

Matt Hulme of Dynargh Design specified Johnson Tiles’ Brics range for the floor, and its Savoy range for the walls, for The Alverton Hotel and the resulting space is both contemporary and stylish – creating the perfect environment for guests to relax and unwind. 

Set a short distance from the main hotel, The Courtyard is a peaceful, tranquil and relaxing space. Each of the 15 rooms has been individually designed and includes bespoke fittings and furnishings from some of the world’s top designer brands.  

Directly addressing guests’ comfort and wellbeing, the suites boast contemporary en-suite bathrooms, complete with luxurious roll-top baths. The original features of the building have been uncovered and are now celebrated throughout, with every room paying homage to its illustrious past.  Matt explains:

“My main inspiration was to create a warm and inviting space, whilst making the fact that the rooms are separated from the main hotel a key feature. I wanted to create a classic style of design, as this was in keeping with the history and original features of the building.  Anything too modern or contemporary would have jarred with its heritage. I also wanted to make every room different, so if a guest stayed a number of times they would experience a different feel and style of room – the original building really helped to enable this.” 

 The resulting spaces offer the ultimate opportunity for guests’ rest and relaxation.

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Marriott Maida Vale, London

The challenge at Anita Rosato Interior Design (ARID) was to merge Marriott and local owners’ visions to create relaxing yet functional guestrooms, for business and leisure travellers alike. The designers were also tasked with incorporating local culture, whilst adopting a distinctive and fun atmosphere; Anita Rosato delivered in spades.  

ARID, fittingly, draws inspiration from that infamous ‘zebra crossing’ photo that most notably defined London as the global for modern artistic expression. Immersed with subtle references to Swinging London – from Vespas to Black Cabs and statement art pieces – the Maida Vale concept translates local history into the modern era for a timelessness befitting of the Marriott brand.   The design team at Anita Rosato shares: 

‘The theme and inspiration throughout the guest-rooms has remained faithful to the 60’s theme and more importantly this one image. This photograph inspires the colour scheme of black, white and blush and has been translated into today’s modern era as a very contemporary and elegant scheme.’   

Designers found one such solution in bespoke wallcoverings from Muraspec who reinvented some of their most elegant designs with colourways created exclusively for Maida Vale.  ARID specified a sleek grey Osaka, for example, for key suite areas to harmonise and showcase various ornate elements of their holistic vision. 

For the guestrooms, the rich textures of Belmont and Salene were utilised to add dimension to the walls. These wallcoverings were reimagined with a darker grey tone and a blush-pink colourway, respectively, and complement the ‘black, white and blush’ palette proposed by the ARID team. 

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About Alys Bryan

Alys is a knowledgeable design editor who is focused on instigating conversations, both online and in-person, with industry experts which challenge, educate and advance the commercial interior sector. Her training and 15 years of professional experience as a furniture designer for the commercial sector makes her uniquely placed to lead Design Insider as Editor
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