Overall design concept:
The décor of Hampton Inn by Hilton™ Hotel Halifax is largely influenced by the surrounding Maritime region, with sweeping uses of blues and greens throughout the property, and abstract images evoking feelings of the sea.
Additionally, Hampton Inn is seen as a lighthouse brand and a beacon of hospitality, a clear and natural fit for the Maritime region given its naval and fishing heritage.
Halifax’s Maritime history is juxtaposed with the additional use of a vibrant colour palate, representing the city’s thriving business community.
Historically, references to the Citadel are inescapable, and references to the rich history are subtly peppered within the public spaces and guest rooms of the hotel. The use of photography sourced from two local photographers – Bruce Thomas and Hugh Andrew, who the hotel designers serendipitously found on Flickr, pay homage to the fishing community and seaside town built around a thriving city. The bank of photography includes a wide range of local images including the Citadel and sails blowing in the wind.
Born in Yarmouth, NS, Bruce Thomas is a photographer with a life-long passion for capturing the natural beauty Nova Scotia has in abundance. His interest in photography started at an early age, piqued by a photograph printing kit he received as a Christmas gift when he was 15 years old. This interest served as a hobby for many years and was supplemented by environmental and conceptual art made from items found in nature such as sticks, rocks and sand. During a period of respite from Lymphoma, Thomas continued learning about different photography techniques including high dynamic range (HDR) imaging. This is a technique Thomas uses today in many of the images seen at the property.
Andre Hugo is a Canadian photographer with a zest for life and a passion for adventure. With many titles to his name, including a former actor, former military officer, former government official and a recipient of The Order of St. John for saving two lives, Hugo has a wide mix of life experience to bring to his work. He considers himself an optimist, and strives to capture images of the world we live in and encourages others to chase their dreams.
Guests entering the lobby are welcomed by contemporary wood paneling, complimented by the chic, modern SilverBirch Conference Centre®. The conference centre contains bold finishes with the use of bright blues and orange and the more subtle creams and charcoal colours. Large light fixtures with bright orange and sunshine yellows adorn the ceiling of the lobby. The wood-effect flooring offers a traditional feel as a nod to the Citadel, a historic site in Halifax that sits proudly on the hill above the hotel.
Public areas, like the lobby, are vibrant and sleek and provide eclectic, multi-dimensional, textured and layered areas. The carpet patterns lead the eye to organic shapes that mimic the natural environment surrounding the property and, reflecting this, the walls are also textured. Pops of accent colours, plus natural materials including woods, stones and tiles, are complimented by the use of imagery reflective of the surrounding area and set the stage for guests to engage with and explore the space.
An ‘Overflow Room’ gives guests a quiet nook to sit and reflect on their day in the city. Guests can sit beside the fire in the winter months, or enjoy the lounge seating to socialize. The room also offers business travellers a comfortable work space option. The unique artwork ledge offers imagery of eclectic concepts, adding to the ‘library’ atmosphere and making the space perfect for quiet reflection.
A rooftop terrace, needing little in the way of décor, offers stunning sight lines to the bay. With several seating configurations from lounge seating to dining tables and chairs, there is a space to suit any mood. Built in landscaping and a wood lattice arbor create a garden-like atmosphere and a gas BBQ allows for guests to host their own outdoor gatherings.
Starting the day with a nourishing breakfast in the property’s Breakfast Room, guests will be welcomed into a bustling environment echoing the activity in the surrounding harbour. Bright, vibrant blue accents and textured wall coverings energize the space and original photography pulls the environment together and gives guests a ‘sense of place.’ Photographs feature local fishing villages and create an ambience reflecting local and indigenous heritage. The space ignites the senses and piques curiosity, encouraging guests to explore the lobby and its surrounding area and discover the featured artwork before they step out into the city and start their busy day.
From a functional perspective, business guests have access to a communal table that allows them to access power and Internet connection. The space is multifunctional with a mix of seating styles and heights and a custom settee.
Fitness Room (a communal space for both properties)
After enjoying a short walk down a corridor packed with local photography, guests are greeted by a large glass feature wall as they enter the fitness area. The custom piece is inspired by a sail blowing in the wind, and is an introduction to the regatta theme throughout. As guests exercise on “self-powered” equipment and bask in the cool refreshing space overlooking the pool, they are inspired by the thrill of the wind blowing through the sails and the freedom of racing on the open water. This ambience of excitement is juxtaposed by the natural, earthy tones of the fitness area, bringing a sense of balance and allowing the theme to speak for itself. A large mural wall, unique and native to the local culture of Halifax, and the abundance of natural light and high ceilings completes the space.
Guest rooms at the Hampton Inn by Hilton™ Hotel Halifax suit the short-stay business traveller and offer an escape from the city scene. Vibrant blues and greens serve as the foundation for the décor, which is both modern and contemporary, while the colours represent the sailboats and natural environment outside. This offers intriguing dimensions that encourage guests to contemplate the unique pieces of art and to be inspired by the local beauty outside their window. The theme of landscapes and the Maritime culture, complimented by the feeling of activity and movement, are apparent in each guest room. Finally, select photography by photographer Bruce Thomas – found on Flickr – gives specific guest rooms a local ambience, enriching the space and connecting guests to what life is like in Nova Scotia.
SilverBirch Conference Centre®
The modern and chic SilverBirch Conference Centre® contains bold finishes with the use of rich blues and pops of red, combined with the more subtle browns, burgundies, creams and charcoal colours. Polished chromes, dark chocolate carpets, rich leathers and woods enrich the ambience of the space. Expansive windows let in natural light, complimenting the goal of connectivity and productivity. A variety of meeting room sizes offer options for a range of groups and include a break-out area and private rooms to meet the immediate needs of business guests. The space is truly multifunctional, with mobile furniture and malleable room set-ups suiting any event, incorporating the newest ideas and most up-to-date features and technologies. Modern and contemporary artwork and flooring design are used to amplify the clean and linear feel of the state-of-the-art design of the conference rooms. Signage is sharp and crisp, directing guests and providing an element of freshness and innovation.
The SilverBirch Conference Centre® serves as a natural connector to the adjoining Homewood Suites by Hilton™ Hotel Halifax. The nearby Connection Café® offers conference guests fresh foods such as mini indulgences and healthy options and refreshing beverages including smoothie shots and fresh juices.