Luxury interior designers Goddard Littlefair have completed the first phase of an extensive refurbishment of the Hilton Hotel, Budapest, encompassing the principal public areas – the reception, lounge, lobby bar and executive lounge, along with three sample bedroom treatments and linking corridor areas.
The hotel, which is part of the Danubius Hotels Group, is located at the centre of the Hungarian capital, directly alongside St Matthias Church.
The new interior – representing the first full revamp of the hotel since 1977, when it was originally opened – brings a new light and elegant contemporaneity to the common parts via a palette of refined silvers and golds with accent colours, together with dark timber; brass inlays; black and white granite; a wide range of bespoke furniture and fabrics – a hallmark of Goddard Littlefair schemes – as well as a number of stunning art installations, specially- commissioned for the project from local Hungarian artists and specialist maker studios.
The over-arching colour scheme for the public areas is made up of a neutral base with layers of gold and silver plus accent colours for different areas, ranging from blues and greens to mustards and pale purples, whilst the remaining material palette includes granite, dark timber, walnut and verre eglomisé. The colours in the reception are slightly more restrained, with punchier blues and plusher velvets used to distinguish the lounge area.
‘Budapest is a stunning city and one I have been lucky enough to work in on several occasions’, commented Goddard Littlefair Director and Co-founder Martin Goddard. ‘Being able to work here once again has made this project a real pleasure. It was also very professionally satisfying; it’s rare to get a chance to help accomplish a design transformation on this scale of such a premier European hotel.’
The stair’s new balustrade echoes the mezzanine balcony
For the mock-up bedrooms, the approach was to create a classic modern look that took on the colours of the public space interiors palette, but used them in a simple, elegant and slightly softer way. Flooring is in timber-effect ceramic, along with carpeted areas, whilst fabric panels are used for the bed headboard and the television wall. Mirrors reflect light back into the space, which also features dark timber and faux leather wall panels, with doors in a textured timber-effect laminate. Oval bedside tables with wall lamps are bracketed to the walls with an antique metal effect around the top and real metal edges around the joinery work.
The bathroom treatment includes stone and ceramic walls with paint above and a granite-topped vanity unit. The entire wall behind the vanity unit is mirrored and a feature, halo-lit metal framed mirror above.