Manzil Downtown Dubai - Endless Design Marvels
Where Old Arabia Meets Contemporary Design
Housed in a building with sand-hued facades and encompassing traditional and authentic Arabic architecture, Manzil Downtown Dubai, which was recently awarded Best Hotel Refurbishment at the Middle East Hotel Awards in May 2015, is a charming boutique hotel that combines the sophistication and refinement of contemporary design principles highlighting the traditional and cultural influences of its Arabic inspired counterpart.
The décor pays homage to Manzil Downtown’s local heritage by combining modern simplicity with the richness of Arabic design that defines the interiors and architecture. The open space lobby is set out in warm, earthy tones, and is illuminated by natural light seeping through the panoramic windows. Subtle traditional accents, including geometric motifs used in Islamic art are featured throughout the property adding to its unique cultural authenticity. Paying tribute to regional and local talent, the hotel displays paintings and furniture, created by some of the regions most talented artists, immersing guests to engage with the local culture.
In line with theme of the hotel, the rooms combine comfort and functionality to satisfy the needs of its diverse clientele, with hues of walnut timber intertwined with softer tones of grey to create a feeling of warmth and further supporting the hotel’s “home away from home” concept. Adding to its visual elements, the rooms feature large leatherettes printed with Arabic letters in a contemporary form complementing the overall design of the hotel.
Manzil Downtown’s signature restaurant, Boulevard Kitchen, is divided into three distinct areas offering guest unique experience – a café, a formal dining area, and a casual deli bar. Combining elements of Arabic design with contemporary flair, the restaurant features intricate floors with Arabesque geometric patterns and authentic white wooden wall partitions to add to the overall ambiance of the restaurant.
Inspired by the traditional majestic Arabian courtyards, The Courtyard is the heart of the property offering a peaceful retreat from bustling city life. The patterns and textures incorporated through the overall design of the courtyard showcase a contemporary take the old Arabian courtyards. Custom designed chandeliers add to the ambience, creating beautiful patterns on the walls.
About Hirsch Bedner Associates
World-renowned as the “Number 1 Hospitality Design Firm” by Interior Design and honored in 2014 by the Gold Key Awards, Hospitality Design Awards, International Hotel Awards, Society of British Interior Design Awards and the European Hotel Design Awards; HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates, unveils the world′s most anticipated hotels, resorts, casinos and spas. Leading the hotel design industry since 1965, HBA remains keenly attuned to the pulse of changing industry trends governed by today’s sophisticated traveler. The company′s international presence, depth of experience, and detailed industry knowledge enables them to identify interior design trends at their source, make definitive predictions about new directions and innovations, and influence design standards at a global level. HBA′s ultimate objective is to add value, raise standards and enhance the brand of a project’s owner and operator.
HBA creates the signature looks of today′s luxury brands, independent contemporary boutique hotels, urban resorts spas, world-class residences, restaurants, and casinos. From continent to continent, each HBA interior is the result of a unique and sensitive response to location, architecture, and client vision. With more than 1600 designers around the globe in 21 offices and a recent expansion in several locations in Asia, HBA is a true global company with more than 85% of its employees now outside the United States. HBA′s international presence, combined with its extensive knowledge of the interior design industry, has facilitated the ability to rewrite the language of design with each new project.
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Lead designer of the Manzil Downtown Dubai project: Sejal Patel, Senior Designer, HBA Dubai