From cruise liners to spas and boutique hotels to Center Parcs, products from Europe’s largest shower manufacturer, Hansgrohe, can be found across the globe in locations where style, long life and functionality are the criteria for bathrooms. Axor, the designer brand from Hansgrohe, is famed for collaborations with some of the world’s most talented architects and designers including Philippe Starck, Antonio Citterio and Patricia Urquiola making it a popular choice for luxury projects where bathroom design and comfort are expected to be of exemplary levels.
Among the highest profile new UK hotels that have opted for showers and bathroom fittings from the Black Forest specialist are St Pancras Renassiance, Stoke Park and The Arch.
St Pancras Renaissance London Hotel
Designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott in 1865, this much-loved London landmark with its fairytale façade was originally the Midland Grand 5-star hotel built adjacent to St. Pancras railway station. Following closure and then serving for several decades as railway offices, the iconic building has been splendidly re-incarnated by Marriott as the St Pancras Renaissance. Retaining many of its original features, the hotel is a model of modern hospitality that blends Victorian splendour with contemporary style. Re-opened in 2011, it was voted the Number One Hotel in the UK in The Sunday Times Magazine’s 2011 Top 100 Hotels in the World.
Stoke Park – Country Club, Spa and Hotel
The One Bedroom Suites and Junior Suites are rich in period details. Each one is truly individual boasting one large room for both sleeping and relaxing. Each suite has been restored with loving care and attention to its former glory, while also being equipped with the latest modern comforts. In the bathrooms, the period features are enhanced by a gentle colour palette and distinctive white marble with grey veining. Raindance AIR showers from Hansgrohe provide a refreshing, air-infused downpour in the separate shower enclosures.
Stoke Park – Country Club, Spa and Hotel Stoke Park is an historic estate in Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire and is recognisable for its appearances in several famous films including James Bond’s Goldfinger and Bridget Jones’s Diary. The Mansion with its distinctive facade and stepped entrance is set amongst 350 acres of parkland, lakes, historic gardens and monuments. Now a hotel, spa and a renowned country club, Stoke Park has 49 bedrooms and suites (21 in The Mansion, a Grade I Palladian house and 28 in The Pavilion). The most recently opened Pavilion bedrooms and suites, have a luxurious contemporary feel and offer uninterrupted views across the estate. Each room features bespoke hand-crafted furniture, Oriental antiques, precious marble and fabrics of the most luxurious quality. Walls are adorned with hand-made mirrors and modern, iconic artwork, including oil paintings, large photographs, Andy Warhol prints and film posters. The Junior Suites and Executive Suites feature king size beds, seating area and marble bathroom with a separate bath and walk in shower.
The Axor Citterio collection from Hansgrohe was chosen for its timeless style and elegance. Radiating understated luxury, all items in the range are characterised by a strong geometric design with gleaming, perfectly crafted surfaces and a harmonious combination of straight angular edges next to rounded curves. Basin and bidet mixers, plus shower and bath controls are offered with the choice of lever or cross handles and matching accessories to complete the look. Hand and overhead showers from the Raindance AIR product family guarantee guests a relaxing and natural shower experience with every volumious raindrop infused with air. Water fills the bath from the ingeniously minimal Hansgrohe Exafill which also combines as a waste and overflow fitting.
This luxury 5-star boutique hotel is moments away from London’s well-known landmark Marble Arch. Spanning seven Grade II listed townhouses and two mews homes, the 55,000 square feet interior has been sympathetically styled to combine glorious Georgian architecture with contemporary, modern comfort. Commissioned artworks from emerging British artists can be found throughout the hotel, including within the 82 guest rooms and suites.
Luxurious bathrooms feature black granite and mirrored finishes, revitalising Raindance AIR showers from Hansgrohe, state-of-the-art flatscreen televisions at the end of the baths and bath pillows for a truly indulgent bathing experience. Axor Citterio again is a key visual highlight within the bathrooms. The twin-handle basin mixer with cross handles is alluring and user-friendly to operate and aesthetically timeless. Matching bidet mixers and concealed shower controls ensure a harmonious feel throughout the space from shower to bath to basin.