The stylish Mercure Inverness Hotel has undergone an extensive refurbishment, giving the Old Town property a vibrant design overhaul, which is locally inspired and reflects the genuine and authentic service for which the hotel has always been highly commended.
The hotel, situated in the heart of the bustling city centre, and which overlooks the scenic River Ness, will unveil the locally inspired new look on Thursday 11th May 2017. The renovation includes a transformation of all 121 bedrooms, the public spaces including the new 33 Church Street Bar & Brasserie as well as the lounge, conservatory and reception areas.
Interior designer Helen Hooper of HH Interiors, who has previously worked with Jupiter Hotels on renovation projects across the UK, managed the project. Helen explained; “We wanted to give the hotel a refreshing new look, which was influenced by the area’s notable warm and welcoming highland hospitality. Locally inspired touches are evident throughout the design and it is these touches that celebrate the warmth, passion and personality of the region. The new interior fuses contemporary fabrics and colours with traditional Scottish period features and details, epitomising nostalgic elegance with a modern-day style.”
The new design features traditional local tartan fabrics throughout the hotel including tartan print chairs in the public areas with kilt buckle details, tartan covered pillows and throws in the bedrooms and conservatory, as well as framed kilts and sporrans on the walls in the reception area showcasing heritage prints such as MacKenzie, Douglas Blue and Wallace. Other unique heritage artwork includes a framed row of vintage highland dancing shoes laced with tartan ribbons in the lounge area, a deserving nod to the distinctive nineteenth century regional dance form which is still practiced in modern day ceremonies and celebrations.
Additional locally inspired design features, which acknowledge and highlight Scotland’s rich culture and history, include a section of Robert Burns poems at the front entrance of the hotel. Guests can also enjoy references to the classic Burns Book in their bedrooms with mounted front covers and sections of the book on the walls. Other bespoke artwork to the hotel includes black and white photographs of the much-loved River Ness, printed on the headboards and framed in the corridors, displaying the dramatic and picturesque local scenery.
The Mercure Inverness Hotel also introduces the brand new 33 Church Street Bar & Brasserie providing a stylish new hot spot to eat and drink in Inverness. The new Bar & Brasserie is a stylish and comfortable space to meet and socialise offering fresh ingredients and locally sourced produce every day. The new gourmet bar snack offers contemporary small bites including Salt & Pepper Squid, Pork Crackling with Spiced Apple Sauce, Handmade Sausage Roll with Blackberry Ketchup and a Beetroot, Goats Cheese and Candied Walnut Crostini. Not only that, the revamped Bar offers an exclusive range of local whisky and gin. Guests can enjoy everything from Glenfiddich 12, sourced from a local distillery and one of the best-selling malts around the world, to the more specialist Laphraoig and Ardbeg from Islay, for a more smoky and fiery flavour.
The hotel offers comfortable and practical meeting spaces with two fully equipped meeting rooms providing complimentary Wi-Fi, audio-visual equipment and space for up to 200 delegates. The hotel is also an ideal location to host a wedding with bespoke wedding packages and the Highland inspired Inverness Suite, the largest in the city centre, for small to large events and celebrations.
Commenting on the refurbishment, hotel General Manager, Fraser Peterkin, said: “We are delighted with the recent refurbishment of the hotel and feel that the new Highland inspired design concept not only elevates our vision and ethos but enhances the hotel’s heritage with a contemporary edge. The hotel has truly been transformed and the new design is not only locally inspired, it gets across our style and personality. We look forward to welcoming locals and guests to our hotel and 33 Church Street Bar & Brasserie.”
Shane Harris, CEO Jupiter Hotels, added: “The investment in this property showcases our continued commitment to the growth and transformation of our hotel portfolio in the UK. The renovation of the Mercure Inverness Hotel is a shining example of our drive to elevate the customer experience in the mid-scale sector, now standing as the finest hotel in Inverness”.
The characterful Mercure Inverness Hotel, centrally located in the heart of the city centre, is the perfect place to meet, relax and socialise.