The iconic Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel has completed the £60,000 refurbishment of its signature ‘Ballroom’ event space ahead of the property’s 150‐year anniversary in 2014.
Peter Nye, the hotel’s General Manager commented: “We are incredibly pleased with the new space, the renovation project has embraced many of the property’s original Victorian features whilst providing contemporary additions to the room.”
Hove‐based interior designer Helen Hooper, of HH Interiors added: “The room is a stunning example of Victorian architecture and our design was created to return the space to its former splendor. The room is full of period detailing; Palladium columns, ornate cornicing and frieze and we wanted to celebrate these details. Intricate gilt and plaster work was restored, contemporary yet elegant gilt Artichoke wall lights were added to create warmth around the room. The fabulous original chandeliers were also restored and luxurious silk chain covers added. The result is stunning – the room will be a beautiful wedding venue.”
The new Regency‐themed room, which can host 180‐seated guests was unveiled by Dick Knight, lifetime president of Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. and councillor Geoffrey Bowden, chair of Brighton’s Economic Development & Culture Committee.
“The new Ballroom is an example of our commitment to providing truly exceptional event spaces at our hotels. The third ballroom renovation in the group in as many months, the new Ballroom suite at the Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel is a testament to the hotel’s prominence in Brighton’s venue scene.
“The city hosts some of the UK’s most important events from the Labour Party Annual Conference in September to the UNISON National Conference already planned for the city in 2014. Our investment into this hotel reflects our commitment to Brighton, which continues to invest in itself and keeps it a thriving, cosmopolitan city of business and leisure,” Peter Nye continued.
Helen Hooper added: “The original stage, now used as a bar, features colour‐changing LED lights and is dressed in silk curtains, swags and tails which compliment the gold touches visible throughout the room. An important part of our design was to continue the property’s legacy as one of Brighton’s most exciting wedding venues and we are confident that we have achieved that – it is a room that will compliment any bride’s colour scheme and give them the perfect backdrop to their big day.”
The four‐star Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel boasts an enviable location, situated on the city’s seafront with fantastic views of the English Channel and close proximity to Brighton’s famous Lanes. The hotel, built in 1864 celebrates its 150‐year anniversary in 2014.