The Hotel Belmont is a brand that re-envisions the traditional hotel model in Vancouver, enhancing the value of the building through an innovative and locally inspired approach to design and development. Through custom-tailored branding, design, and programming, Hotel Belmont brings new life to Granville Street, paying homage to its historical design details and legendary status in Vancouver.
Clientele for this lifestyle boutique hotel are a mindset, more so than an age demographic. Everyone from Wallpaper magazine-reading urbanites to architecture buffs and art aficionados. Despite an air of high-mindedness connected to the hotel’s design endeavours, the brand manages to keep things unpretentious and approachable.
The concept took a bold and unique approach to the design of Hotel Belmont: from wallpapering faces to the ceiling of the lobby to running carpet up the walls of the guest corridors. It is all about “attention to detail” and creating a “wow” experience for guests alike. Playful details such as quirky artwork and a delightfully sarcastic “No Diving” warning written into the shower tiles enhance the feeling of this being a one-of-a-kind space. All 18 guestrooms types have been designed with two unforgettable schemes creating a retro yet modern aesthetic. Large swaths of bold paint running up the walls, over the artwork, and onto the ceiling make this space playful and inviting. Graphic tiles in the bathrooms, a striking black and white pattern, are immediately eye-catching without becoming overwhelming. Patterned fabrics and wallcoverings provide depth and a sense of excitement, from the curtains to the accent chair to the throw pillows.
The use of royal blues and heavily saturated blacks contrasted with fresh whites and touches of bright yellow keep the rooms feeling upscale yet approachable. Sophisticated wood furnishings and gold finishes also enhance the feeling of luxury without becoming stuffy, as they are balanced with other charming details such as rhinoceros bookends or a lime green smartphone “chair”.
Capturing the unique vibe of this downtown Vancouver hotel took careful planning and consideration. No detail was too small as each one would inform the guest’s experience of the distinctive Hotel Belmont brand. As a boutique hotel it needed to feel intimate, inviting, and unmistakable in its character. Honouring the history of the area while ensuring it meets the needs and expectations of discerning modern guests was a fine balance that was considered throughout the design process.
The overall design is engaging, vibrant and unique. Along with the many hotel perks, the interior design makes staying at the Hotel Belmont a timeless, immersive experience.