A year’s worth of major successes for 2012 looks likely to continue for The Claremont as it embarks upon Phase 2 of a multi-million pound refurbishment project which will cement the 4-star Silver establishment’s reputation as the Island’s foremost boutique hotel. Following months of intimate design consultancy and planning, Sleepwell Hotels has enlisted the expertise of renowned Berlin based interior designers, Bernreider, Sieweke, Lagemann Architekten, to transform The Claremont’s reception and ground floor facilities into a premium lounge and meeting space designed with the discerning international traveler in mind.
Contrary to many in the UK’s tourism and hospitality sector at present, this further £1million investment into Sleepwell Hotels’ flagship destination will see a complete structural and stylistic revision of The Claremont’s entrance, reception, lounge/bar and hotel lift keeping with Phase 1 of the long-term project. This £2million+ last phase saw the wholesale refurbishment of every one of the hotel’s rooms into cutting edge and stylish suites, and resulted in the conferral of a raft of awards over the course of 2012 including the UK Hotel Awards Highly Commended Hotel Interior, the Visit Isle of Man Silver Award, a Trip-Advisor Certificate of Excellence and Winner of the Isle of Man Newspapers Company of the Year.
Due for completion in Spring 2013, Phase 2 signifies a clear investment in The Claremont and the Isle of Man’s tourism and hospitality sector as a whole, placing a particular emphasis upon meeting the needs and expectations of the discerning business and leisure visitor that has been emerging on the Island over recent years. Plans for implementation include the commissioning of a series of bespoke furnishings – including a brand new automated glass entrance, natural black granite flooring in both the restructured reception and lounge, brilliant and highlighted interior finishing and a series of luxury furnishings designed to accentuate the contemporary European open-plan interior. Although sourced from destinations throughout the UK and Europe, structural and aesthetic alterations will be carried out via a prolonged investment in local craftsmen.
Commenting on the project, Mark Wilson, Managing Director of Sleepwell Hotels said: “These are exciting times for The Claremont Hotel as we build upon last year’s achievements with the second phase of this multi-million pound development. Through fostering a sustained commitment to cutting edge design and the latest technologies, we aim to continue on our clear vision to create the leading business class destination and positioning ourselves irrevocably at the pinnacle of the Island’s premium hospitality culture. It is important that we as an industry take responsibility for our reputation overseas and endeavour to lead the way in meeting the standards suggested by our economic status. As such, our guest facilities are unrivalled anywhere else on the Island and I believe that an investment of this scale will secure The Claremont’s international acclaim well into the future.”