As a new concept city centre hotel, La Tour set out to create stylish and sophisticated interiors where guests would experience the very best in customer service. Operations Director Adrian Colman drew on his wealth of experience in interior design to deliver a vision of offering exalted modern levels of comfort delivered with classic values and levels of service.
One of his favourite areas is Alvar Bar which, like other areas in the hotel, takes it names from an iconic designer of the modernist period. Alvar Aalto gives his name to the neighbouring brasserie-style restaurant, Aalto.
We’ve had many compliments about the oversized black lamps seen in the bar and lobby area. Referencing the iconic Kartell light, these lamps are a bespoke design for the hotel and feature oversized black silk shades with a raspberry highlight on towering black perspex stands adding a dramatic feel.
Lighting above the bar also makes a statement with copper and crackled glass light spheres cascading at different heights above the granite-topped bar which is faced with stitched leather and copper. The sphere design is also used to great effect in the modern chandelier on the spiral staircase leading from the lobby into the bar.
Artwork in the bar includes a collection of iconic monochrome fashion photography, displayed on pale grey mounts in high gloss black frames, evoking the emerging glamour of the post-war period and tying in with the modernist theme which extends throughout the hotel.
Many people helped us create our vision here at the hotel and special thanks go to our friends at two Manchester companies, Dragonfly Contracts and Space Invader.