Hidden hospitality treasures...


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Titanic Hotel Bar, courtesy of SBID International Design Awards

Whilst London is home to some of the most luxurious, creatively designed and historical hotels in the world, impressive hospitality doesn’t cease at the M25 boundary as some may have us think – indeed it expands far beyond the capital – a fact demonstrated by this year’s SBID awards shortlist.

The shortlisted UK hotels are competing with renowned hotels across the world such as Changsha Kempinski Hotel in China with its breathtaking architectural installations and Swissotel Resort Bodrum Beach in Turkey overlooking the stunning blue horizon. But in the spirit of all things British, we take a peek at some of the shortlisted hospitality gems hidden in the smaller UK regions, including The Boutique Church Suites in Cumbria UK, Ibis styles hotel in Edinburgh and Titanic Hotel in Liverpool UK as 2015 finalists in the Hotel Design category.  

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Titanic Hotel Exterior, courtesy of SBID International Design Awards

As a conversion of a grade II listed brick warehouse in Stanley Dock, Liverpool, Titanic Hotel screams originality at a level a world apart from its neighbouring hotels. The interiors concept was inspired by the buildings’ heritage and aimed to enhance the existing buildings by the use of bespoke furniture, lighting and artwork. Furniture pieces were fashioned from reclaimed wood which were salvaged from site, whilst the eclectic or aged furnishing and fabrics create a sense of evolution through the rooms.

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Titanic Hotel Bedroom, courtesy of SBID International Design Awards

From a design perspective, it was crucial to make the big open space feel comfortable whilst retaining the overall scale and industrial heritage of the rooms. On upper floors, the bedroom corridors are 4 metres wide, due to structural cast iron colonnades of the warehouse. The size and distribution of the hotel guestrooms worked around the historic framework and resulted in a generous space which is rarely found in contemporary hotels.

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The Boutique Church Suites, courtesy of SBID International Design Awards

Located in Bowness-on Windmere, in the scenic Lake District, The Boutique Church Suites were launched in January 2015.  Housed in a 350 year old building, each suite hosts a rather paradoxical interior of modern and futuristic plush designs, combining luxury with cutting edge design & technology.

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The Boutique Church Suites, bathroom, courtesy of SBID International Design Awards

Each suite offers bespoke and handmade furniture, wemyss fabrics, thick, luxurious carpets, crystallized Swarovski padded headboards, infinity mirrored walls, and electric black out blinds. Also included are intelligent controlled lightings, music and video, which enables guests to completely control their environment, along with air spa tranquillity baths for two with underwater lighting.

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Ibis Styles, courtesy of SBID International Design Awards

Ibis Styles Edinburgh Centre in St Andrews Square offers 103 bedrooms over 6 floors. A characteristic and distinctively designed hotel, Scottish tradition and culture are abundant throughout its interior, ensuring the hotel’s guests will never forget where they are.

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Ibis Styles Bedroom, courtesy of SBID International Design Awards

Following the theme of Scottish literary heroes,  each floor represents a different icon expressed within the design of the room, for example wardrobe doors are routered with Scottish inscriptions and definitions, and each room’s décor includes large digital wall-coverings, tartan inspired carpets and vibrant colours that vary throughout the hotel to provide the guest with a unique experience.

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