Shortlist Success for RPW Design in the IH&P Awards 2014

design et al are excited to announce that RPW Design have achieved shortlist success with the Hilton Hotel Rotterdam in the Lobby/Public areas/Lounge category in the International Hotel & Property Awards 2014.



The aim of the recent renovation undertaken was to bring this Grand Lady of Rotterdam back to life and make her proud again. The scope was a full refurbishment of the building both inside and out and it was split into two phases:

-Public Areas consisting of Ground & First Floors.

-254 Guestroom & Suites over floors 3-10.

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The aim of the new design was to “break the mould” of the standard Hilton Hotel whilst retaining the high quality it’s guests have come to expect. Hilton commissioned internationally renowned hospitality Interior Designers RPW Design to bring the building into the 21st century, whilst respecting its iconic architectural legacy. Sources of inspiration which have given the hotel a strong and relevant design identity include the city’s architecture, its port – one of the world’s busiest, and the lace-making and artistic traditions of the Netherlands.

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“We looked at the colours, shapes, textures, and the scale and proportions of the environment and applied them to the interiors. The scale and pattern of the Flemish brickwork formed the basis of the design of a striking mirrored wall in the hotel’s new restaurant, while decorative lace features echo the surroundings and help to achieve a homely feel in the guestrooms. We approached the design with a fresh eye, simplified the interiors and brought back the styling of post-war modernism to remind everyone about all the good things of that particularly optimistic period. While staying true to the architecture, our priority was to create an interior with comfort in mind and in line with today’s luxury expectations.”

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Hilton Rotterdam has managed to break the mould of the standard Hilton hotel through a unique design intrinsic to its location, while retaining the high quality its customers have come to expect.