You can imagine how thrilled I was when I received an invite from Hotel Missoni’s marketing team to have a tour around Kuwait’s first luxury lifestyle/designer hotel. Hotel Missoni, located at Symphony Mall in Salmiya, is expected to open to the public early March 2011.
So of course I immediately accepted the invite. I had a hard time to pick what to wear! (the drama!!), going on a tour inside Hotel Missoni was like meeting the entire Missoni clan! So it was inevitable to panic! I can just imagine Rosita or Margarita Missoni showing me around? (Now I’m really pushing my luck!). Anyways, I was toured around by the super friendly staff who gladly put up with my zillion questions and requests to “wait” so that I could take as many photos as possible. Anyways, let’s start with some quick facts first, the hotel’s architects are Dino Georgiou & Partners, The hotel's concept designer is Italian architect Matteo Thun in collaboration with Rosita Missoni, however the interior designers are from the UK, Graven Images, from Glasgow, Scotland. William Nolan of Graven Images is still on site putting the finishing touches to the interior after Rosita's last visit 2 weeks ago.
The non-smoking hotel (love that!) includes 106 stylish guest rooms and 63 suites, all with spectacular sea-view and equipped with sleek Bang & Olufsen electronics, a Lamborghini espresso coffee machine, and an iPod dock. There are also a Missoni Cucina restaurant which will be serving authentic, traditional Italian cuisine, a Mocha Missoni coffee bar, a chocolate café with an outdoor terrace which will offer a selection of chocolate and coffee beverages, as well as sweet and savoury dishes, a Six Senses Spa, a high-tech fitness facility, and a large outdoor swimming pool tiled with Missoni's signature stripes. Other facilities include a business center and several state-of-the-art conference rooms, as well as a spacious ballroom.
In a nut shell, Hotel Missoni, without a doubt, will be the nicest and chicest hotel in Kuwait. OK enough said, let’s start the tour…
The hotel lobby
At first glance I thought that this was a colorful wallpaper but after a closer inspection it turned out that the painted walls were covered with Missoni fringes. So cool!
Beautiful tableware! Food will only be served using Missoni plates of course
The outdoor pool area, sorry about the quality of the photo but it was really windy that night. Notice how the swimming pool tiles are stripped in a very Missoni style.
The seating area just outside the Ballroom
If I was a bride-to-be, I would definitely have my wedding in this ballroom! It's very spacious and cozy. Not as big as the main ballroom in the Sheraton, but the interior is definitely much nicer
Some floors were covered with tiny colorful tiles
The reception area of the business center
Now let's have a look at the rooms/suites
A guest bathroom in one of the suites
Beautiful glass table with wooden stand
Look at that bathtub!