Reimagining Melbourne’s iconic The Royce Hotel

Project - The Royce Hotel

Location - St Kilda, Victoria

Product Used - Columba Plank & Chevron, Versailles Natural & matching plank

Designer - SJB

Contractor - Chroma Group

Photographer - Rite Visuals

Melbourne’s iconic 5 star Hotel, The Royce, underwent a complete refurbishment in order to update its interiors, whilst respecting the rich heritage of the building. Multiple Havwoods timber flooring products were selected to feature throughout the hotel due to the needs of durability in high-traffic areas, coupled with the design aesthetics which reflect the luxury standards of the hotel. 

The stunning historical building that now hosts the 5 star The Royce Hotel in Melbourne's famous suburb of St Kilda, was originally home to one of Melbourne’s first luxury car showrooms, showcasing the coveted and classic Rolls Royce.

Opening in 1928, the luxury car salon set a new standard for elite showrooms with lofty gold ceilings, marble stairs and wrought iron chandeliers.

Redeveloped in the 1990s as a luxury hotel, the space paid respect to the original heritage of the building. The Royce Hotel was recently refurbished again, reopening in February 2023 with the design inspired by the grandeur and elegance defined by its former time.

Chroma Group was appointed to complete the full recent refurbishment, from guest rooms through to the construction of a stunning new glass conservatory, with the design incorporating and highlighting the original Art Deco features of the building.

The finishes and products selected included Havwoods Natural Versailles Panels from the Henley collection. Chosen to feature as the flooring for the new restaurant area due to their opulent and timeless aesthetic coupled with their quality and durability making them perfectly suited for a high traffic public space. The design style of the Versailles timber flooring, which were elegantly framed using the matching Havwoods HW1396 Natural panels, perfectly reflects the luxury standards of The Royce Hotel.

Havwoods Columba timber flooring from the Italian Collection was selected to feature in guest rooms throughout the hotel in both standard 1-strip planks and the classic and sophisticated chevron pattern.

The light vanilla tones and timber textures of the Columba flooring compliment beautifully with the soft fabric textures and modern colour palette.  

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