Xsite is creating interiors for a new boutique hotel in Newcastle, scheduled to open in January 2010.
The ten-suite Saints Hotel at Friar House, which was named and branded by Newcastle-based Gardiner Richardson, will include a wine bar, a lounge, a 60-seat restaurant, a 24-seat tearoom and a retail offer.
Saints owner S2 Hotels appointed architecture and interior design group Xsite last year, following a competitive creative pitch against ‘a handful’ of other consultancies, according to S2 Hotels project manager Chloe Trowbridge.
‘Xsite had a real advantage over other groups because it offers both architectural and interior design, making it a one-stop shop for us,’ says Trowbridge.
Xsite is transforming a Grade II-listed, three-storey, double-fronted Georgian townhouse into the four-star boutique hotel, which will offer ten individually designed suites. S2’s brief to the consultancy was ‘to produce a hotel that is in keeping with the 19th-century style and beauty of the building, but adding a contemporary touch and modern conveniences’, according to Trowbridge. She adds, ‘The look will be urban chic and very boutique-y.’
The restaurant, which has the working title of Friar House Bistro, will feature exposed brickwork, stripped wooden floors and black velvet chairs, as well as a timber bar with glass box overlay and deer heads mounted on the walls.
The Friar House Cocktail Bar, which may simply be called the Friar House Bar, will be ‘dark and seductive’, says S2 Hotels.
It will feature black carpet, high-gloss black tables, a dark fabric-covered ceiling and a reflective bar.
The tearoom, meanwhile, will be ‘light and airy’, according to S2 Hotels.
Gardiner Richardson is devising the names and visual identities for the hotel’s dining and retail offer, and is also building its website.
S2 Hotels intends the Saints Hotel at Friar House, which is based on Clavering Place, just behind Newcastle Central Station, to be the first in a chain.