Opening its doors in The Pantiles area of Tunbridge Wells in June, One Warwick Park Hotel promises to embody ‘contemporary elegance’, combining the old and the new to create a truly reimagined luxury experience for guests. We find out more about what to expect this summer
One Warwick Park, an elegant 39-room hotel, will open in Tunbridge Wells’ historic Pantiles district this June. The new property, designed by HMY architects in collaboration with interior architects KTB and interior designers Envy London, will offer stylish and contemporary interior design, as well as a carefully curated experience in each of its rooms, suites and entertainment spaces.
The hotel will inhabit a creatively reimagined brew house and schoolhouse, taking the previously unconnected structures and creating a harmonious and unified building, filled with light. A feature gallery space will link the two buildings and promises to surprise with a stylish, shifting canvas of showcases from local, national and international artists.
“Our biggest challenge is now our greatest achievement,” says Melanie Ellis, director of Envy London. “Creating the gallery space has been a true feat of engineering, with builders BJBabb Ltd taking the building down to basement level, and then sub-basement level – no easy accomplishment in a busy town centre – creating a unique link connecting buildings old and new.
“The task of marrying the new with the period building and its features has been a wonderful success. We embraced the irregularities of the period architecture and made the most of features such as a listed staircase, which could have been so easily sealed away, to create a very special property, full of charm.”
Bedrooms and suites at One Warwick Park will focus on comfort, with no detail of the guest experience overlooked, from lighting and linen, to intuitive power-point positioning.
“We started with a list of everything that irritated us about staying at a hotel, from poor lighting and badly designed bathrooms, to sockets in the wrong place and confusing directions,” continues Melanie. “We then analysed a guest’s practical requirements, ensuring we created a comfortable, functional and relaxing environment, where guests would feel calm and cosseted. It is this level of attention to detail that makes One Warwick Park different to the usual ‘identikit’ hotels.”
Each room will be individually styled to make the most of the space, ensuring intrigue in every area. A neutral palette of five different colour schemes and the use of beautiful, bespoke furnishings sourced from local ateliers adds to the distinctive and contemporary style.
A variety of room-types will appeal to the range of clientele, from business travellers to honeymooners and families. The Duplex Suite, overlooking the quaint Kent cobbles, pairs period features such as a listed staircase, with a fresh, elegant design, perfect for bridal parties or families.
The three Deluxe Balcony rooms offer a private landscaped terrace with views over Tunbridge Wells’ tapestry of assorted architecture. All bedrooms will feature a king or super king bed with locally, hand-finished furnishings, large flat screen TVs, luxurious Temple Spa toiletries, complimentary refreshments and Wi-Fi. Double Rooms will be priced from £99 per night.
A double-height atrium will be at the heart of the hotel; a light, flexible space for entertainment and celebration. There will be four additional locations to dine and have a drink throughout the day: a resident’s lounge, the 75-cover restaurant, The Terrace and a quieter snug for relaxation.
A private dining area and a range of meeting and licensed events spaces will offer flexibility for celebrations or company gatherings of up to 180 people. The Old School House – the 140-sq m function room and archetype of beautiful simplicity – provides a contemporary white backdrop, while retaining the School House’s 19th-century timber vaults and 15-ft arched windows, creating a unified space filled with light, energy and vitality.
This considered approach to design extends to One Warwick Park’s staff uniforms, which have been designed by French couture designer and stylist to the stars, Nicole Manier.
“The uniform complements the hotel’s contemporary interior, while being comfortable and stylish,” says Nicole.
“The slim-fit suits will be made from 100% superfine navy-blue Merino wool, paired with crisp, white cotton shirts with a classic herringbone weave and gold silk ties and scarves. The result is a cool, classic, elegant ensemble.”
Louise Clark, managing director of Markerstudy Leisure, owner-operators of One Warwick Park, says: “We’re incredibly excited about opening our doors in June. Every element of the hotel has been carefully crafted and curated to ensure our guests enjoy a superlative experience. We want it to feel like their home from home, where comfort, ease and beauty are priorities. Our staff will be handpicked, expertly trained and knowledgeable, to make certain our guests receive a well-presented and personalised welcome.”
One Warwick Park will welcome guests from June 2016.