The exceptional décor of the Hessischer Hof grand hotel is characterised by tradition. Guests will find approximately 1,500 art objects from the House of Hesse in the grand hotel. The combination of luxury and modernity makes our hotel unique in the Frankfurt hotel world. For us, ‘classic’ does not mean hanging on to yesterday, which is often the case. We connect an atmosphere with this term, which develops out of tradition and values. At the same time, however, we also value modern hospitality very highly, because ultimately this is tomorrow’s classic style.
What do you pay particular attention to when furnishing the rooms, so that your guests feel good?
Harmony is especially important for us, and the guest should feel immediately snug and comfortable in this harmonious ambiance. So we pay special attention to the interplay between colours and fabrics and the selection of sustainable and high grade materials and products. We have been working here for several years with the renowned London interior designer, Nina Campbell, whose sense of style and assured taste is highly valued all over the world.
How do you use lamps, accessories and furniture in the new presidential suite?
We wanted to be as flexible as possible with the lighting in order to have precisely the right option for each perfect scenario. This applies in particular to the dining room, which can also be used as a conference room. When dimmed appropriately, the indirect ceiling lighting gives just a soft shimmer on the room’s ceiling, but it can also illuminate the entire room! And we were especially happy about a very special candelabrum in the master bedroom, which creates the wonderful sheens on the ceiling. Actually we use multiple lights, so that the guest can determine their very personal atmosphere in the room themself. The colours of the presidential suite are soft. We combine them with the colour force of dark woods and set accents with fine accessories.
The presidential suite addresses heads of state, the controllers of economies and members of European aristocracy, among others. What will the suite look like? What accents do you set with regard to comfort and luxury?
Nina Campbell has exactly the right words for our approach: “When we design a room we put ourselves in the role of the guest. We make a wish list with all our expectations. And we never compromise here where comfort is concerned! As in this case, however, we are designing for a grand hotel in the middle of Frankfurt, we have decided on a more modern style, very different to the Schlosshotel Kronberg. The gamut of colours flows from room to room, to eventually flow out into a cream and aqua-coloured bedroom. For the style we were inspired by the 1930s, a very glamorous decade, and wonderfully enough we were able to use antiquities and works of art from the House of Hesse – so the suite will also delight even the most demanding of guests.” I myself am really looking forward to finishing the presidential suite. It will be very, very noble.
What is especially important for you with the restaurant furnishing?
The table is practically a synonym for pleasure and joie de vivre. We may really be opulent here! We have an exquisite restaurant kitchen, and the guest should already sense this when they sit down to eat. Ultimately, a well-set table awakens the anticipation for what the palate can expect. Our porcelain is specially produced to follow the style, the textiles are harmoniously chosen – and, of course, flowers should always be included!
Thank you very much for this interview, Her Royal Highness.
Author: Dr. Michael Backes
Photos: Hessischer Hof
At Ambiente, 270 exhibitors from 30 countries will show products and solutions from the Contract Business und the horeca industry. Ambiente visitors find out how contract business solutions for the hotel industry will look on two exclusive hotel tours. On the programme are the Hessischer Hof grand hotel with its newly created spa and presidential suite, and the Radisson Blu Hotel, for which designer Matteo Thun has created four different style directions.
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