Hilton Garden Inn Kuwait re-opens so we can see the fit-out by Havelock One
Gensler carried out the architectural design and Godwin Austen Johnson (GAJ) the interior design
Now the lockdown in Kuwait has eased, the new Hilton Garden Inn Kuwait is welcoming guests again.
Mabanee Company, a leading Kuwaiti real estate developer, commissioned Gensler for the architectural design and Godwin Austen Johnson (GAJ) for the interior design. Havelock One was responsible for the fit-out of most public areas and 385 guest rooms and suites on the "fast track" project.
While the factory in Bahrain supplied juice bar counters, banquet seating and guest room millworks, as well as the ceiling panelling, a pattern that is repeated across different public areas, the local fit-out team provided the finishing works, including regular and acoustic ceilings, corridor wall cladding, painting, screeding, wallpapers, tiling, carpets, glass and movable partition works.
Guest rooms have a contemporary feel, with clean lines and fresh interiors complemented by comprehensive state of the art technology. Carefully selected artwork throughout the property captures beautiful and interesting elements of the local flora and fauna.
There is a natural fluidity in the public spaces where the lobby, garden lounge and all-day dining flow into each other yet still retain their own distinct zones.
Throughout the hotel, traditional Middle Eastern influences are found in locally-inspired colours, textures and materials.
A flood of natural daylight from a fully glazed double-height wall highlight the palette of soft browns, golden yellows and vibrant green hues bring the spirit of the city and the desert into the hotel.
On brand, yet with its own personality, the Hilton Garden Inn Kuwait adheres to design principles of proportion, geometry, volume, balance, contrast, colour, texture and detail to create what Havelock One sums up as "an attractive and thoroughly modern hotel."
The hotel was officially opened in February 2020, but then had to close for a while because of safety measures during the global pandemic.
Once travel is possible, you'll find the 10-storey building next to The Avenues – Kuwait, one of the largest shopping destinations in the region.