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The Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik is located on the doorstep of Dubrovnik’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Originally built in the 1890s was subsequently brought back to active life in 2005, and most recently was renovated by design firm Goddard Littlefair. The brief to Goddard Littlefair was to restore completely the hotel’s original glamour, with a 1920s yachting influence and soft detailing. Hotel Lobbies bring you the top Hotel Lobby Ideas from this magnificent renovation interior design project.
Set in a historic building built in 1895 and a private villa built in 1913, Hilton Imperial is located metres from Pile Gate and offers stunning views of the fortified Old Town and the Adriatic Sea. The interior design project works include The Lobby Lounge, The Imperial Bar, The Executive Lounge, all connecting and guest-room corridors and all of the hotel’s 149 standard and executive rooms and nine suites. A refurbishment of the hotel’s existing restaurant, Porat, on the lower ground floor, will follow in late 2019.
Led by design firm Goddard Littlefair re-opened recently after being closed for extensive renovations that carefully preserved and the original 19th-century architectural features such as the sweeping stone staircase and stone columns have been retained, but the plush, old-fashioned furnishings and interior colour schemes of the hotel’s past have given way to a contemporary aesthetic, with shades of white, grey and blue, and antique-look mirrors to accentuate natural light and spaciousness.
The brief to the hotel lobby ideas was preserved this iconic exterior while updating the interiors design project to reflect the hotel’s imperial heritage, bringing 19th-century grandeur together with contemporary luxury and style.
A bespoke, three-person reception desk is to the left of the entry. The desk features a Carrara marble top and dark-stained timber panelling to the front, matching the wall panelling behind, with sculptural brass desktop lights by Dekor at each end. Behind the desk, set within timber-panelled wall surround, is a triptych of artworks by Croatian artist Antonia Čačić.
The design firm inspirations were bringing back the romance of the hotel’s former glories. As an example of this golden glam, the hotel lobby ideas lay in a double-height reception, with tall, arched windows and cool ceramic flooring in a bespoke two-tone diamond pattern, created by Goddard Littlefair and inspired by the old stone streets of the city.
The visitor’s eye is immediately taken by a spectacular central chandelier, made up of eleven, sculptural, globe-shaped and antiqued brass pendant lights, hanging from chains in rows of three on antiqued brass rods. The feature light was designed by Jana Novakovic, Interior Designer at Goddard Littlefair and was manufactured by Croatian lighting company Dekor, who worked on most of the lighting on the project.
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