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    Malmaison Aberdeen Bar
    Malmaison Aberdeen Bar
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    Malmaison Liverpool Bar
    Malmaison Liverpool Bar
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    Hotel du Vin Cheltenham Bar
    Hotel du Vin Cheltenham Bar
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    Hotel du Vin Cheltenham Snug
    Hotel du Vin Cheltenham Snug
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    Hotel du Vin Newcastle Bar
    Hotel du Vin Newcastle Bar
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    Malmaison Reading Bar
    Malmaison Reading Bar
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    Le Relais du Bois Sainte George - Sainte, France - Bar
    Le Relais du Bois Sainte George - Sainte, France - Bar
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    Le Relais du Bois Sainte George - Sainte, France - Bar
    Le Relais du Bois Sainte George - Sainte, France - Bar
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    Le Relais du Bois Sainte George - Sainte, France - Bar
    Le Relais du Bois Sainte George - Sainte, France - Bar
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    Le Relais du Bois Sainte George - Sainte, France - Restaurant
    Le Relais du Bois Sainte George - Sainte, France - Restaurant
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    Le Relais du Bois Sainte George - Sainte, France - Restaurant
    Le Relais du Bois Sainte George - Sainte, France - Restaurant
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    Aberdeen Wine Room
    Aberdeen Wine Room
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    Cheltenham Wine Room
    Cheltenham Wine Room
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    Wine Tasting Table
    Wine Tasting Table
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    Aberdeen Wine Room
    Aberdeen Wine Room

The bar of a hotel is a focal point for guest. It is often where you will be directed to before dinner, you may meet a colleague or wait for friends before heading out. But to be successful the bar should attract guests from outside the hotel as well so has to have features that will make it attractive competition to all the other stand alone bars in the town. Each of the bars shown creates an impression on entrance but also provide an environment that is exciting but comfortable to both the hotel guests and those visiting just for a drink. Where Malmaison bars are quirky and daring as the brand promotes the Hotel du Vin bars are more relaxed and refined. What is important in the design is that each is specific to the location and clientele that the hotel is likely to attract. It also makes best use of the space and any unique features of the architecture while maintaining a link to the developed brand of the hotel chain.

Located in the Cognac region of France this is a five star hotel and restaurant. The public areas have been undergoing refurbishment that started with the restaurant and bar and is continuing through the pool area, library and bedrooms. The main focus has been the bar which was an area between the restaurant and pool that was in the past, rarely used. The idea was to make it into a light, comfortable salon which guests might use for breakfast, informal lunches or dinners or simply relaxing during the day over coffee. New furniture and finishes were designed to give the space a more sophisticated feel but link it to the luxury of the restaurant and the relaxing area of the pool beyond. The five star restaurant was refurbished with new stone floors and a revised layout that allowed for a lounge area around the feature fireplace and in front of the drinks counter. All existing furniture was reupholstered in fabrics that would make the rooms softer and more luxurious but also maintain the feel of the architecture and style of the existing hotel.

Wine rooms are an important feature not only in hotels but more and more in homes and as people begin to understand and enjoy a variety of wines it is important that hotels have a place where guests can join the sommeliers to discuss or learn about wines. The wine rooms designed for Malmaison and Hotel du Vin were not only visually impressive for the guests to see the large numbers of wines available but they have become a great teaching tool and have allowed the hotels to add special classes or dinners to the features that the hotels may offer.