Comfort InnOctober 31st, 2013
Location: New York City, NY
The lobby needed to look like a refurbishing, while actually undergoing a floor-to-ceiling redesign, all while the hotel was fully occupied.
A 1928 Beaux-Arts hotel lobby needed to be taken back to its original ornate elegance, while becoming functionally up-to-date.
Walking into the lobby of the Comfort Inn is like taking a step backward in time. The marble floor design is detailed with four exotic marbles. The original plaster moldings and details are preserved and painted with a gold metallic paint. Vintage framed artwork and reproduction antiques give the illusion of having always been part of the lobby. Cast-brass wall sconces and historic-revival crystal chandeliers evoke the elegance and grandeur of the era between the wars. Meanwhile, the room achieves the utility of a modern hotel lobby, its high-tech telephone and computer systems masked by the period décor of the custom-designed front desk.