Mercure Bristol Holland House and Spa unveils its new look inspired by local influencesOne of Bristol’s finest hotels, the Mercure Bristol Holland House and Spa, has undergone an extensive refurbishment, transforming its bedrooms and public spaces.
Mercure, a “locally inspired” brand in harmony with people and places, has paid homage to the rich industrial and maritime history that Bristol is renowned for in its new design. Creating a modern and contemporary feel, the hotel is staying true to its locally inspired roots.
The hotel’s new look brings Bristol’s past and present to life, combining the city’s industrial port and Iron Age history with the softer cultural and architectural redevelopment of the city’s more recent year. The design features industrial and iron works alongside softened tones, warm accent colours and splashes of vibrant upholstery fabrics. There are visual references and nods to the engineering works of Isambard Kingdom Brunel and textures and patterns inspired by the Clifton Bridge.
Upon arrival guests are greeted by the impressive Mercure feature wall, a signature statement in Mercure’s flagship hotels, clad in riveted copper sheets, as a tribute to the city’s maritime heritage. Contemporary in design, the reception is warm and welcoming with comfortable lounge seating and breathtaking feature pendant lights creating a sense of ease and relaxation.
The refurbishment has transformed the public spaces, creating an extensive area for lounging, meeting, drinking and dining, in cosy bunks, booths, lounge areas and stylish seating. The space, now known as the Urban Bar and Kitchen, is relaxing and welcoming with a feel of café bar meets chic restaurant – a space for guests and locals alike to enjoy.
The new Urban Bar and Kitchen continues the industrial design inspiration. The newly transformed restaurant is the perfect space to relax, unwind and enjoy delicious hassle free food. The new bar and dining area includes an expansion of the space; new feature floor tiling with intricate detailed inset carpet areas and a breathtaking feature wall graphic inspired by Bristol’s rich maritime heritage.
The Urban menu pays homage to the street food revolution and the increasing influence of Asian dining; guests can enjoy a variety of small and big plates inspired by food from around the globe. There is something for everyone with burgers, hot dogs and burritos, Indonesian Nasi Goreng and a host of sinfully delicious treats on the guilty pleasures deserts menu. Guests will be encouraged to pick from the ‘Flavours from the Cellar’ wine list, which includes three handpicked wines available across the Mercure Hotels in the UK carefully selected by the BBC Saturday Kitchen Masters of Wine, Susie Barrie and Peter Richards.
The hotel offers a range of accommodation across its newly refurbished 275 bedrooms, including classic rooms and privilege rooms ensuring the highest level of luxury comfort. Each bedroom is equipped with a TV including international satellite channels; 24-hour room service and free Wi-Fi access, which is available throughout the hotel. The hotel caters both for leisure and business guests, with twelve conference rooms for meetings of all sizes, ideal for any business event. The hotel’s leisure facilities include a large heated pool, fitness suite and a spa where guests can indulge in a relaxing massage or treatment in one of the hotels fourteen treatment rooms as part of their stay.
Alan Bickerton, General Manager for the Mercure Bristol Holland House said: “We are delighted to welcome guests to this stunningly refurbished hotel, one of the finest in the city. The hotel’s new look captures the essence of Bristol’s heritage and we’re very much looking forward to welcoming guests and locals to experience the hotel’s new look.”
Jonathan Sheard, SVP Operations Luxury, Upscale & Midscale Hotels, Accor UK & Ireland said: “We are confident that the refurbishment will place The Mercure Bristol Holland House as one of the premier hotels in the city. The hotel’s new look reflects the brand’s commitment to strong local connections with its inspiration being drawn from the incredible history of the area.”
Interior designer Jennifer Preston of Koncept Interior designs, comments on the project: “The ethos of Mercure Hotels is based on local inspirations, we wanted to capture this theme throughout the design by embracing Bristol and its rich industrial history. Throughout the public areas of the hotel, the interior encompasses stylish industrial design, clean lines and patterned surfaces, and contrasting materials to add depth and interest.”