New Macdonald Windsor Hotel officially opened by Royal Borough Mayor Monday 13 September
Friday 24, September 2010
The new Macdonald Windsor Hotel, which features stunning interiors designed by Amanda Rosa, was officially opened at 12noon on Monday, 13th September by the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Councillor Mrs Catherine Bursnall.
A ribbon was cut at the Windsor High Street entrance, there was also a cake cutting ceremony and the keys were handed over from the build team to the hotel management; all to the sounds of the Southern Rag jazz band who played until 3pm welcoming the first guests into the hotel.
Described as the 'New Jewel in Windsor's Crown', the 120-bedroom contemporary townhouse hotel has ten luxurious suites with views of Windsor Castle, some with verandas.
Mainly new build behind an attractive Georgian facade, the hotel occupies the site of the former John Lewis Caleys store opposite the Guildhall and Castle in the heart of the historic town. The rich, plush decor has been styled by Amanda Rosa, whose previous projects have included the Aviator Hotel, Farnborough and the Malmaison hotel group.
Caleys Lounge on the ground floor features a large cocktail bar and open plan, all-day sitting/eating area with mood lighting for guests to meet, mingle, drink and dine informally. Delicious simple food and celebrated wines sourced from quality provenance with taste in mind are on offer in the socially stylish retreat. Guests can enjoy a unique sharing plate, a glass of champagne, fair trade coffee, celebration afternoon teas and traditional British classics that change with the seasons.
The overall bedroom colour scheme is subtle shades of rich mulberry contrasted with fawn, while the suites also have a gentle touch of muted metallic in places. Furniture is mainly beach wood and a pale walnut.
There are also be seven function suites for celebrations, gatherings and private dining plus free Wi-Fi throughout.
Commenting on her designs for the new hotel, Amanda Rosa said: "Windsor is such a magnificent setting, and as such I have tried to capture the very best of the quintessentially English surroundings. We set out to create what I would describe as a stylish retreat, with a timeless feel. Charming, elegant interiors with a contemporary edge. By using a subtle palette of colours for calmness and a fusion of textures, we have created a naturally comfortable, rich space for the perfect escape."
The hotel's new General Manager, Beverley Molmans, has spent 12 years working with Macdonald Hotels & Resorts. Delighted with her position, she said: "This is a tremendous and very exciting opportunity to work at Macdonald's newest flagship hotel. I am eagerly looking forward to welcoming guests from across the globe through the doors". Beverley's new team includes Sales Manager Liz Dax and Head Chef Frank Lusambili.
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