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PORTAGO URBAN, GRANADA
Wednesday 25 Apr 2012
In the centre of Granada, in the characteristic district of Realejo, ILMIODESIGN came across a hotel with a unique style: PORTAGO URBAN, the second one of the Global Suites chain.
Located in an ancient building, previously a hotel before being reorganized in 2011. The hotel is divided in such a way: ground floor, with common areas such as reception, coffee bar and breakfast room; three floors, with 25 bedrooms and a platform with a special view.
The space draws heavily on the figure of a typical English gentlemen, mixing this kind of style with the informal and colourful environment peculiar to this central district of Granada.
Entering the hotel you are welcomed by a distinctive ceiling. The bowler is not a simple hat any more; it becomes an element that, when used thousands of times in an unpredictable way and at different heights, creates a fun surface. A second level is created by the hat floating in the air and by continuous projections of lights and shadows which give life to a dynamic image of the hotel entrance.
This area, which is visible from the outside, is the hotel coffee bar. This is the first space that the visitor comes across. So it becomes even more accessible for those who want to stop for a drink. It has been thought to be an idle meeting place of the city where people can spend some time.
This area also has an intense turquoise coloured floor. In the whole hotel, the floor is a huge coloured surface with a strong intensity, which changes shade in the different areas. There is a willing contrast between the white space and the strongly coloured ground.
In order to reach this result, an InterfaceFLOR branded carpet was chosen. It allows a perfect maintenance and presents a wide choice of colours. The whole floor of the hotel, both public and private areas, is realized using this material.
A huge monolithic curved counter made of white corian dominates the space; on the wall behind it, a message is communicated: "nice to meet you".
The breakfast room, which is located in the lower part of an inner covered patio.is overlooked by all rooms making this area visible from everywhere. In order to make it seem more welcoming, ILMIODESIGN has created some huge cylindrical lamps made of strong coloured lycra which minimize the height of the area. Walls have natural wood finishes on which appliques are located, resenmbling the sun.
There are three types of rooms. They are customized through the use of different colours of the carpet, different graphics and friendly phrases carved in the headboards. They invite you to relax and enjoy our stay.
A platform, situated on the top of the building, is directly connected through a lift to the coffee bar.