The Arts Club, the private members’ club which counted Dickens and Whistler among its early patrons, has unveiled its new hotel rooms and suites in its Mayfair townhouse in Dover Street, London.
The 16 bedrooms, bookable by members of The Arts Club or their guests, comprise one Penthouse with roof terrace, three Suites, two Junior Suites, six Deluxe Rooms and four Superior Rooms on the third, fourth and fifth floors. Guests have access to 24-hour butler service and all of The Arts Club facilities, including the three restaurants, garden and nightclub. Several of the suites overlook the peaceful courtyard garden.
The Penthouse is made up of two or three bedroom suites, a spacious entrance hall, dining room and kitchen, large living room and dining table, and a unique terrace with decking, dining table and views across the London skyline.
Ranging in size up to 110m², the suites include furnishings in the manner of iconic designers in Europe, such as Jacques Adnet, Gio Ponti, Finn Juhl, Piero Fornasetti and Hans Wegner. The emphasis is on craftsmanship and quality finishes such as specially embossed leather headboards, eglomise mirror panels and hand tufted rugs.
The bathrooms capture the spirit of the Art Deco period and feature antique bronze decorative doors, calacatta oro marble and freestanding traditionally made cast iron baths in the larger suites. Bathroom amenities are provided by the quintessential British brand Floris.
David d’Almada, of the London design house Sagrada, commented: “We wanted to capture elements of the style of European glamour and elegance which were so prevalent in the first half of the 20th Century. The Art Deco period was one of the most striking design eras of our time and fits in perfectly with the atmosphere inside The Arts Club.”
When The Arts Club was first opened in 1863 by Charles Dickens in its original building in Hanover Square, London, six bedrooms were among the benefits on offer. These bedrooms were never transferred to Dover Street in the 1890s when The Arts Club moved to its new home. Some 120 years later, in a nod to its heritage, The Arts Club is again able to offer its members premium accommodation.