With government restrictions forcing the temporary closure of Southsea’s finest hotel, we can finally reveal what has been going on behind closed doors.
The latest part in the multi-million pound revamp project at the Queens Hotel is underway and when guests and visitors step back into the hotel, they will be in for a pleasant surprise.
A team of highly skilled craftsmen have transformed the bar and restaurant areas. Both rooms were stripped right back to their original bones and re-layered with ornate plasterwork, heritage parquet flooring and infused with rare sea blue marbles for the bar top.
Managing Director, Farid Yeganeh, explained: “We decided to make the most of the closure and put the time to good use. Until now we have carried out the work on the hotel while it has still been open but the enforced closure meant so much more could be achieved without disturbing anyone.”
The stylish new look for the restaurant and bar has happened with the help of London design studio, Studio Kinford.
Having designed for such hotels as The Corinthia, The Connaught and London’t top private members’ lounge, the team focused on creating a ‘home away from home’ experience for guests using a balance of traditional bespoke furniture and mid-century vintage items, to harmonise and compliment the hotel’s Edwardian character.
“They have helped us to create a signature look for the hotel that will set us apart and give us a new identity.
“Their attention to detail is phenomenal and they have helped us to create spaces where diners will feel safe and comfortable coming to eat with us.
“The same team created our conference and meeting room suite on the lower floor and you can see the same vibe continue into the restaurant and bar,” he said.
The new scheme will see more dining in the bar area as well as seating for 64 guests in the restaurant.
“While the doors have been shut we have also been working on the main stairwell and landings to ensure they look their best and are integrated into the overall decorative scheme,” added Farid.
Since the new management team took over in 2017, they have overseen a transformation that has breathed new life and elegance into the lobby, while completely overhauling and redesigning two floors of bedrooms many of which have stunning views over the Solent.
“While the pandemic has brought many challenges, we have used the time wisely to invest in the future of our hotel.
“This is the latest chapter in her transformation and we are looking forward to welcoming back customers old and new.
“The re-design is just the start and we will be placing even greater emphasis on providing great service to our guests and an enticing menu,” said Farid.
12th March 2021