Holiday Inn, Manchester
Hotel lobbies are traditionally a space for arrivals and departures. But Holiday Inn’s ‘open lobby’ concept provides a new, flexible environment where guests can eat, drink, work, relax and socialise. There is an allday dining menu, free Wi-Fi and iPad hire, and a variety of games. The concept demanded thoughtful design within challenging budgets to achieve the character and ambience that hotel guests would enjoy. The first ‘open lobby’ was designed by ADS Design for the Brentford Lock site. A distressed oak wall panelling creates a warm ambience behind a domestic-style bookcase.