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Between interior designer Dorothée Meilichzon and the Experimental Group, there’s already a past! And the Parisian designer has remained loyal to the Experimental Group for her first hotel project in London – where she had already designed three bars. The Henrietta Hotel, ideally located in the heart of the Covent Garden district, is an 18-room building, full of curves and sweetness – the trends Dorothée loves to explore.
Take a look inside this beautiful London hotel, filled with a sense of joie de vivre and see why it’s been called the chicest new boutique hotel in the English capital.
Opened this spring, the Henrietta Hotel is a gem mixing trends and references in which one feels at home, and it’s also the first London-based hotel from the collective behind Experimental Group, which, in collaboration with Dorothée Meilichzon, had two quintessentially British buildings from the 19th century were joined together to create a little London hotel filled with charm.
It is located just off of Covent Garden Market and close to The Strand. On the hotel’s doorstep, guests on a culinary escapade will have access to some of London’s best restaurants and bars, and for those in search of London’s great cultural offerings, they will just a stroll from theaters, cinemas, museums, and shopping.
As any other Dorothée Meilichzon–created hotel, here guests will find a charmingly tipsy mix of materials and design references, as well as unexpected color choices and some of the most memorable headboards around. According to the designer, the newly opened Henrietta Hotel has a friendly environment, and her purpose was clear: “I want people to smile when they wake up in this hotel.”
Named a “bed and beverage” establishment by its owners, the Henrietta has an 80-seat restaurant and cocktail bar on its first two floors with a new steel-framed round window modeled after the arched glass ceiling in the Covent Garden Market. Meilichzon’s use of terracotta colored cement tiles and seats covered with green velvet, she says, was also inspired by the neighborhood’s brick buildings and vegetable market history. The glazed tiles are handmade in the South of France — “I wanted to play with the brick color in a new way; the diamond shape is simple and very graphic.”
The 18 similar bedrooms are done in four different color palettes. No rooms are exactly alike, but all have playful brass lighting designed for the setting. Each bed frame is hand assembled from individual elements, painted, mirrored, or fabric-covered.
About Dorothée Meilichzon
An industrial designer, Dorothée trained at Strate College Designers and at the Rhode Island School of Design where she studied toy design. She worked in Paris for five years then decided, aged just 27, to launch her Chzon agency in 2009, establishing a name for herself with restaurant and bar projects such as Mojo in Paris and Experimental Cocktail Clubs in London and New York.
She always wishes to work as closely as possible with craftsmen, to create unique pieces and to highlight hand-made creation. Decorators, joiners, and marble masons have all the expertise that allows them to create a unique, timeless decor that everyone can make their own.