Mercure Box Hill now open after nine-month refurbishment
The historic Mercure Box Hill Burford Bridge Hotel has undergone an extensive nine-month redesign across its public spaces, restaurant and bar, bedrooms and meeting rooms, transforming the look of the locally inspired hotel.
Dorking 1st September 2014 – Re-opening to the public today, 1st September, Mercure Box Hill Burford Bridge Hotel is the second hotel the brand has unveiled in the UK that showcases it’s new lobby concept, which was first launched in Mercure London Bridge Hotel last year. Based on the “La Table d’hôtes”, this new lobby concept puts the customer welcome at the heart of the experience.
Guests who are looking for a quick hassle free check-in and out at the stunning hotel, which is nestled at the foot of Box Hill in the idyllic Surrey Hills, are able to do so around an oak table by friendly staff who are on hand 24-7, to ensure all guests receive a warm Mercure welcome.
Mercure is a “locally inspired” brand and this is shown through the personal touches which pay homage to the literary roots of the area and historical background of the hotel.
Bespoke chairs with prints from John Keats poetry can be found in the new open lobby marking the visit of the famous poet to this hotel. It was here that Keats wrote Endymion and where part of the fabled Arabian Nights was created by author Robert Louis Stevenson. Poet William Wordsworth, playwright Richard Sheridan and author, Jane Austen also were known to frequent the hotel and local area. In the Emlyn restaurant words from Austen’s classic, “Emma” can be found quoted on the wall, reminding guests of the Box Hill picnic set in her novel. Retro penguin books can be found in the library area of the lobby to encourage guests to submerge into the literary world which encapsulates the area and hotel.
Modern art created to incorporate the woven pattern from some wicker placemats gifted to the general manager from Lord Nelson after his stay, many years ago can be found behind the host table in the lobby area and guests will enjoy spotting various ornaments like the little bronze cycling figures, which represent the area’s association with the 2012 Olympics also in this open space.
Miniature orchids form the centrepieces of the restaurant – a nod to the area’s scientific interest and if guests look closely in the bar area, five Dorking cockerels hang on the bar wall, distinguished for their odd number of toes: five. The hotel’s feature wall will also showcase local flint, which pays tribute to the local materials found in the area.
The hotel provides guests with 57 en-suite bedrooms, which are elegantly styled with a contemporary and luxurious design that upholds traditional features. Each room showcases unique artwork, which is printed on antique mirrors and fabrics. To ensure guests have everything they need to enjoy a relaxing stay, each bedroom has been kitted out with a new flat screen TV with international satellite channels and 24-hour room service. High speed fibre optic wifi is available throughout the hotel.
In addition to the en-suite rooms, Box Hill also boasts eight meeting rooms that have been designed to cater for between four and 220 people so it can accommodate a range of events and weddings.
The Tithe Barn is the biggest of the event spaces. It was originally built in 1600 and moved to Burford Bridge in 1934. It’s stunning vaulted ceiling makes the perfect space for dreamy weddings and special events. The ceiling, which is said to have been built from the timbers taken from the galleons of the Spanish Armada, has also received some slight restoration to give the room a more neutral feel.
It’s not just the décor at Mercure Box Hill Burford Bridge Hotel that has received locally inspired touches. The Emlyn Restaurant, the hotel’s two AA Rosette restaurant, offers guests a great selection of locally inspired dishes. For guests looking to celebrate their special occasions with a fine dining experience the hotel offers a beautiful fine dining menu called “Best of Burford”. There is also an All Day Dining Menu in the bar and lounge, which provides guests with a fantastic array of Modern British Cuisine.
Between May and September guests and members of the local community will also be able to enjoy swimming in the hotel’s heated Lido, after getting changed in the original changing rooms – which have been brought back to their former glory.
Jonathan Sheard, SVP Operations Luxury, Upscale & Midscale Hotels, Accor UK & Ireland said, “This part of the country is peppered with historic coaching inns and from the outside that is what you might expect at Mercure Box Hill Burford Bridge. But step inside and guests are going to discover a whole experience from the beautiful outside heated Lido and landscaped gardens, to the subtle literary touches in our new lobby area all with the Mercure welcome.
We are able to offer our guests fantastic packages and facilities that cater for both business and leisure and provide the perfect venue for weddings, meetings and events. It is the second hotel in the Mercure brand to boast the new lobby concept and we proud to welcome guests to this beautifully restored hotel.”
Mercure Box Hill Burford Bridge Hotel is within close proximity to an array of attractions including the Dorking Museum and Heritage Centre, the National Trust properties at Polesden Lacey, Hatchlands and Clandon Park as well as Epsom Race Course and Claremont Landscape Garden.