No time wasted to give you (what was possible for us), the first sneak peeks of what the world of luxury hospitality might have to wait for too long – Waldorf Astoria DIFC gets ready for a summer 2019 opening. The hotel interiors are inspired by the iconic architecture, lifestyle and mid-modern style of the 1960s. The hotel interior design exudes contemporary elegance and understated luxury, shaping up to be a destination of ultimate comfort and style. What luxury hotel news this is!
The interiors have been designed by American architecture and design firm Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart (SRSS), while Dubai-based LW Design Group handled the design for the two main restaurant dining areas and social venues in the hotel layout; Bull & Bear and St Trop. Noted local Lebanese artist, Imad Bechara was also commissioned to dress the hotel with his stunning artwork.
Waldorf Astoria Hotel DIFC is unlike anywhere in Dubai. The elegant hotel interior designs will take guests back to the 196’s “Mad Men” era – when New York city brimmed with unique energy and bustled with ambitious movers & shakers. As a destination within the destination of the prestigious Dubai International Financial Centre, Waldorf Astoria DIFC is perfectly primed to host connoisseurs from around the world.
Set across the 18th to 55th floors of the Burj Daman development, the building style is reminiscent of Madison and 5th Avenue in New York during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Complementing the minimalist contract furniture and multifunctional design is the clever mix of materials handpicked to ensure a slick, contemporary look. Marble, ebony, walnut, brass, and bronze have all been generously used to add to the luxurious feel of the hotel.
In the guestrooms, volakas marble has been used to give a practical yet premium look. In addition, light oak timber finishes are prevalent together with ebony trims. The dark colour scheme decor in the executive and junior suites includes brown oak, walnut, and metal bronze to give an executive, formidable identity. The presidential suite and three-bedroom apartments are resplendent with marble finishes that have been upgraded using black forest, magma black, travertine, and ash blue to add a touch of intensity. The flexible spaces, enhanced by the floor to ceiling windows, make the rooms comfortable and liveable. The walls are a mix of wood panels and textured material that enrich the rooms’ contemporary aesthetic.
The 18th floor is the heartbeat and social hub of the hotel. Comparisons can be made with Via Veneto – which was the centre of Roman social life throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Its alluring bars and restaurants were a favourite haunt for Hollywood stars as well as the elite from Italy and beyond. At Waldorf Astoria DIFC, the reception, restaurants, lounges, swimming pool, and spa are all located across one stretch of floor, however, SRSS’s clever design layout ensures plenty of open space to mingle and discover. Bull & Bear is the hotel’s signature restaurant, which uses a rich colour palette incorporating a mix of timber, metal, and leather paired with contemporary classic furniture for a masculine look and feel.
The rooftop lounge, St Trop has been influenced by the essence of St Tropez. Timber decking inspired by luxury yachts sets the tone for a natural colour palette accented with aquatic colour. The chic, contemporary, and versatile furniture helps to seamlessly transform St Trop from a place to catch some afternoon sun to space to socialize at night.
The clever use of statement pieces throughout the hotel adds to the sense of allure and nostalgia associated with one of the most popular design eras. The iconic Waldorf Astoria clock was custom-made by Smiths of Derby, clockmakers established in Derbyshire, UK since 1856, and took one year to manufacture. The design intent was loosely based on art deco with stylized peacock feathers featuring in the design as a nod to the Peacock Alley in which it resides.
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