Rafayel developer aims to recreate spirit of the Left Bank with green hotel in Battersea
15 September 2009 GMT 16:46 (London)
Details have been released of Latis' interior designs for the Rafayel in Battersea – a five-star hotel forming part of the Falcon Wharf Development.
The hotel's interiors are being designed by Latis Limited, for hotel developer Mr Ike Latif, in a building originally designed by Burland TM Architects for George Wimpey Ltd.
Ike Latif aims to create “a branded product that embraces technological advances yet is ecologically aware.” Showcasing the latest technological advances in LED lightings, air-conditioning and VDA efficiencies, Rafayel promises to minimise environmental impact by reducing each guest’s carbon footprint.. According to the hotel, the average London guest notches up a colossal carbon footprint of 70kg per night; which at Rafayel will be reduced to 17kg.
Rafayel’s interior design is sleek and modern, yet retains a warm charm through its bespoke furnishings. The hotel has 65 guestrooms; 15 apartments, two restaurants with indoor and outdoor dining, bar, lounge, spa with gym and pool, meeting room, conference hall to accommodate 150, coffee shop, brasserie and a florist.
The hotel’s curved blocks afford 360° views of London from the roof terrace. Many rooms enjoy expansive views over the river and city skyline, through their floor-to-ceiling windows.
The waterfront 120-cover restaurant, Banyan Riverside, with its crystal bar overlooking the river, will offer distinctive Indo-Japanese cusiine fused with Chinese and Indian spices and simple Italian ingredients, all presented in a refined French style. Rafayel’s restaurants will offer both formal and casual dining, breakfast, morning brunches, and traditional afternoon tea..
The Rafayel Wa Michi Wellbeing Spa has been created in conjunction with Content (who are also supplying bathroom amenities) alongside Wellworld Spas.
Bedrooms are available in four categories – Big (Mississippi), Bigger (Yangtze), Even Bigger (Amazon) and Biggest (Nile).
Says Ike Latif: “The concept of the hotel on the Capital’s new Left Bank in the culturally prosperous environ of a bustling Battersea is a key step forward in formalising the intellectual renaissance of Battersea, not unlike the discovery and patronage of the Seine’s Rive Gauche by intellectual greats like Sartre, de Beauvoir, Zola, Camus or Hemingway and Fitzgerald.”
The hotel is due to open in December 2009.