HOSPITALITY DESIGN: Stone Reflects European Hospitality
Intended to be luxurious, yet comfortable, the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester, MI, features a variety of natural stones to enhance its European design
A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd., the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester, MI, opened to the public on September 1, 2004, offering 145 guest rooms, a ballroom, a conservatory, a restaurant, a library and a lounge to seat 40 people. The exquisite 180,000-square-foot hotel was designed with marble, granite, Bluestone and slate throughout. P.M.P. Marble & Granite of Troy, MI, supplied, fabricated and installed approximately 140,000 square feet of stone for the project.
Additionally, the client wanted the facility to represent an upscale, elegant boutique hotel, so it was designed to model an English manner house. â€œOne of the cues we got from a design standpoint was to develop the hotel with an English arts and crafts design,â€ explained the architect. To meet the design criteria, the architects selected a variety of stone materials, including Bluestone, slate, marble and granite.
Located at the main entrance to the hotel is a large waterjet medallion comprised of Michelangelo, Sahara Gold and Saffron marble. P.M.P. Marble & Granite also installed waterjet cut inserts - throughout the flooring in the public areas - which feature the hotel's symbol â€œRP.â€ Additionally, the countertops on all reception desks feature Michelangelo marble.
The bar top in the main lounge bar area was designed with Multi-Color Green onyx, which is also from Pakistan. Port Laurent marble can be found in the library of the hotel, where it was used for floors, wall bases and fireplace surrounds.
The use of stone was carried onto the exterior, as gray Vermont slate was used for the roof of the hotel. In addition, natural finished New York Bluestone -- selected for its beauty and durability -- was used on all exterior walkways, terraces and patios. According to Saroki, the material was selected because it wears well in Michigan's weather conditions.
Saroki found this aspect of the project challenging because important decisions had to be made during their trip. â€œIt was hard to make such a commitment on the spot like that,â€ he said.
â€œEverything with the installation ran smoothly,â€ said Partalis. â€œEveryone worked well together and things were perfect considering the size of the project.â€
Overall construction of the hotel took place over a 14-month period, and everything was completed according to schedule.
â€œIt really was a phenomenal project,â€ said Saroki. â€œThe hotel is a jewel. We really delivered a first-class product for the community.â€
Royal Park HotelRochester, MI
Architect: Victor Saroki & Associates, Birmingham, MI
General Contractor: Frank Rewold and Son, Inc., Rochester, MI
Stone Installer/Fabricator/Supplier: P.M.P. Marble & Granite, Troy, MI