CHIL Interior Design
Hyatt Regency Vancouver

Design Highlights
The guestrooms and guest corridor were the focus of this renovation. With the goal of brightening and modernizing the overall design. In order to remain budget conscious, the CHIL team focused on impactful moments to transform the rooms, utilizing bold details to create a high-impact design.

Guestrooms feature wood veneer millwork details, a soothing natural palette and modern lines, as well as metal detailing on casegoods. Geometric elements incorporated through feature walls and the carpets and drapery feature abstract patterns that mimic the ocean. Key design elements also include custom headboards with integrated lighting.

The renovation design was largely influenced by Vancouver’s distinct culture and unique identity as a meeting point of nature and urban life. This is accomplished through the colour palette of grey tones, rich browns and sandy taupes, which evokes the metropolitan landscape as well as towering mountains.

The overall goal of the refresh was to creating a refined and relaxing atmosphere for guests.


CHIL Interior Design
Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel

Design Highlights
Geometric elements are the star of the show for Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel’s new guestroom design, as demonstrated by its chevron-patterned accent walls and custom-quilted headboards. This theme is carried throughout the room through details such as the carpet pattern, artwork and table lamps.

Rooms feature a warm neutral palette accented with blues and metallic/brass elements, as well as dark woods. The result is a calming and inviting atmosphere with an air of urban elegance that reflects the destination’s urban context.

The guestroom design for this project was the evolving identity of the destination that houses it — Surrey, B.C. With a goal of attracting both leisure and business travellers, the concept for the design was also guided by the design philosophies of structure, refinement, distinguishability, urban elegance and effortlessness.

The team also wanted to ensure it created a refined and timeless environment aligned with the Sheraton brand.


CHIL Interior Design
Shoe & Canoe at Delta Hotels Calgary Downtown

Design Highlights
To draw locals, as well as hotel guests, the property created a destination restaurant that provides an authentically local experience. The hotel and CHIL team determined a more-casual brew-pub concept would best suit this city.

The space is designed to be flexible while maintaining intimate moments, with lounge, dining and communal-seating areas. To create a distinctly ‘Calgarian feel,’ copper and brick accents were paired with, black elements and a range of natural wood tones.
The restaurant also features a private dining area with residential-inspired decor and a white, canoe-shaped light fixture.

The design was inspired by David Thompson — a Hudson Bay Company cartographer and the first recorded European to visit the area — and the concept takes its name from the 1830s book The Shoe and Canoe: Or Pictures of Travel in the Canadas.

The space aims to create connections to people and the land. The diversity of Calgary and the hotel’s guests also acted as key influences for the concept.


Designlink International Inc.
Hampton Inn by Hilton, St. Catharines

Design Highlights
DesignLink International Inc. undertook a year-long lobby renovation at the Hampton Inn by Hilton, St. Catharines, Ont. as part of the rebranding of the property from a Days Inn to a Hampton Inn. The new design is a complete departure from the existing hotel and opened up the space to create a grand and inviting space when guests entered the hotel. This was achieved by maximizing ceiling heights, adding ceiling details, increasing lighting and using scale and texture to elevate the space.

The new design and colour palette were inspired by the Niagara region and the surrounding wine country. The modern, open space aims to give guests a completely new experience in a comfortable, familiar environment.


CHIL Interior Design
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Design Highlights
Unveiled in 2018, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’s redesigned Royal Suite features elements that thoughtfully bridge the past and present — celebrating the property’s historical significance, while selectively updating elements to its original grandeur. The suite’s overall atmosphere is regal and classically contemporary, featuring a saturated colour palette paired with opulent and sophisticated finishes.

The design incorporates key heirloom items, which included the suite’s guestroom door, made in 1939 of English harewood with bronze inset doorplates. Key heritage architectural elements were recreated as well, including the crown mouldings found in the Royal-Suite bedroom, but weren’t originally in its master-ensuite bathroom. The bathroom is also outfitted in marble, creating an airy spa-like retreat.

The Royal Suite’s elegant and timeless design was inspired by Vancouver’s Royal Visit by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, who stayed at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver during its grand opening in 1939. Given the hotel’s historical significance and stature as a Vancouver landmark, CHIL’s design respects and pays homage to the suite’s legacy while ensuring modern appeal.


Rockwell Group
Fairmont Royal York

Design Highlights
The renovated lobby at the Fairmont Royal York highlights the building’s rich patina while adding a contemporary layer that feels timeless.

The highly decorated ceiling at the double-height lobby has been preserved and celebrated with new lighting. New textured-glass chandeliers and sconces flank the historic lobby, emphasizing the verticality of the space.

The lobby’s centrepiece is the new custom, double-height clock tower, which can be seen from all angles. The base of the clock tower contains an eight-seat lobby bar, while the back of the tower features a constellation clock that rotates within a night-sky inspired glass panel.

The reception space is tucked discretely beside the lobby lounge and features check-in stations inspired by train ticketing counters. .

Rockwell Group’s design concept for the lobby was inspired by a journey from Toronto’s past through to its present. The renovation needed to cherish the history and prominence of the hotel while bringing the Fairmont Royal York story into the next era.

Embracing the property’s connection to the railway and Toronto’s Union Station, the design team took material, form and detail cues from the aesthetics of train cars and railroads.


Fairmont Gold, Fairmont Royal York

Design Highlights
The design of the newly renovated Fairmont Royal York’s Fairmont Gold floors — a hotel-within-a-hotel — needed to be timeless, yet current, in order to create a fresh perspective of a nearly 200-year-old hotel. Starting in the lounge, which was opened up to allow for ease of movement and flexibility of use, the Fairmont Gold renovation aimed to create an elevated hospitality experience.

Featuring parqueted wood flooring coupled with patterned marble flooring, the Fairmont Gold lounge also boasts sleek and elegant light fixtures and delicate moulding throughout. The elegant white-marble surfaces and abundance of gold detailing complement furniture in rich blues, greys and chocolate browns.

The Fairmont Gold guestroom design plays on lines and angular shapes that reveal themselves in the details and furniture. Once guests cross the marble entryway, they enter rooms wrapped in soft white, blue and grey tones and feature cityscape-inspired bas relief behind the beds. The bathrooms are finished in shades of veined white marble and feature sculptural sconces.

In order to celebrate the Fairmont Royal York’s storied past through a modern lens, the team at Champalimaud incorporated subtle French and English design references into the 106-room renovation that harken back to Canada’s European heritage. The goal was to design a hotel that speaks to the needs of the modern traveller; whether they’re travelling for business or pleasure.

Written by Danielle Schalk and Amy Bostock


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