Vintry & Mercer in the City of London, has won the best hotel in Europe with under 200 rooms at the 2019 International Hotel & Property Awards. The Awards, hosted by design et al, commend design, recognise talent, create opportunities and offer inspiration. Rather than being judged by a panel, shortlisted entries are presented online, and voting is open to industry professionals as well as design et al readers, clients and customers.
The design for the destination hotel by Dexter Moren Associates blends London’s colourful mercantile history with a contemporary edge. The hotel comprises 92 rooms, a roof terrace, all-day restaurant and underground speakeasy.
DMA’s client FR Holdings wanted to create a ‘bolthole’ in the City that could transport guests into another time and space entirely. The client requested a design approach similar to its first property, the award-winning The Ampersand Hotel in South Kensington, also designed by DMA.
Vintry & Mercer is a one-of-a-kind property, immersed in and visually referencing the location using bespoke wallcoverings, carpets, and light sculptures to engage guests with the story of the hotel and its neighbourhood. The old-world charm of vintage inspired furniture and joinery mixes with modern and clean detailing: it’s a playful marriage of old and new, just like the City itself.
Co-head of interior design at DMA, Lindsey Bean-Pearce: “As with creating any new hotel, the hardest thing is always to balance the impact of beautiful design and the ability for that design to remain timeless. That is why it is so important to immerse the motif in the neighbourhood story, and thereby create an authentic hotel unique to its location, that guests can understand and engage with. The hotel is a series of layers that unfurl to tell the story and we believe we have created something truly special.”
Following their appointment in 2015, DMA redesigned an already approved scheme, which originally had bedrooms focussed around a small internal courtyard. Working within the building’s envelope, the new design increased the number of external aspect rooms and created a more impactful entrance.
The hotel’s 92 rooms are spread across five room categories, ranging from intimate doubles to suites with glass-panelled balconies that overlook London’s Southbank skyline. Bespoke wallcoverings and statement headboards meet the client’s brief for a signature DNA linking back to The Ampersand. The hotel offers three distinct dining destinations, each with its own independent look and feel, while linking back to themes of the hotel.