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Case Study: Lakeside Hotel and Spa

Lakesside Hotel and Spa

In a recent blog we looked at the benefits of a fire pit in a commercial environment.  Due to the Covid19 crisis this subject gained a lot of traction within the hospitality business. We have decided to delve further into this with a case study of the Lakeside Hotel and Spa.

 

The Lakeside Hotel and Spa overlooks Lake Windermere, a mere stone’s throw from the water’s edge; a 4 star superior hotel in the Lake District World Heritage site. Priding itself on giving a warm welcome and 5 star service to all who pass through their doors, there is no better location from which to explore the southern Lakes.  Lakeside is fortunate to have the only Aveda Destination Spa in the England. Treatment rooms and relaxation areas, alongside a beautiful 17m pool with views out to the lake and beyond, are exclusive to residents and spa day guests. Visitors can also enjoy a newly-enhanced Spa Garden with its unrivaled lakeside position, allowing you to wander from the Spa to the water’s edge. The addition of a stunning fire pit and warming heat domes makes this garden area a perfect place to unwind and enjoy the panoramic views.

Most bedrooms & suites benefit from a stunning lake or garden views to wake up to. Contemporary design meets classic country house in a rich blend of colour and texture that feels stylish, warm and welcoming.

 

 

A Word From The Team At Lakeside Hotel And Spa

“We are delighted to be back open for resident guests, it’s a pleasure to be able to offer a tranquil haven for folks that have had a difficult few months. Although we have had to adapt our operating procedures to comply with guidelines, ‘keeping it simple’ has been our motto. In order to be confident we are operating a safe environment for both our guests and Lakeside team:

–          We have adjusted our opening hours to 5 nights each week for residents only. This allows for weekly deep clean and for bookings of 4 or 5 nights the room will only be used by one guest in any 7 night period.

–          We are only selling 50% of our rooms over the five day period, making social distancing easier and more natural.

–          We have moved all our dining to be by the Lake, making use of our light and airy conservatory, with tables socially distanced and allocated to guests throughout their stay.

We are as ever promoting the fantastic outdoors activities and attractions nearby including great new walks from the hotel and of course our spacious outdoor terrace, observation deck and spa garden complete with fire pit and heat lamps perfect for Autumn nights.

We believe this is best operating practice for guests’ enjoyment and most importantly for safety of the Lakeside team and residents.“

The Lakeside Hotel and Spa incorporated a Solus Decor Hemi fire bowl with drinks ring into their garden in 2019 but the last year has really enabled them to truly see the benefits due to the current regulations in the hospitality industry. The Hemi is available in three sizes , three fuel options and a range of accessories to make it both customizable and adaptable to a variety of commercial outdoor settings.

 

We are thrilled to see the Lakeside Hotel and Spa’s guests enjoying this beautiful outdoor space with the benefit of the heat from the Hemi fire pit and long may that continue through Autumn and Winter.

 

 

 

 

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Making the most of your commercial outdoor space

hemi fire pit

There has never been a greater need to make the most of outdoor space than now! We look at how some of our commercial clients have made the most of their outdoor space and how this has enhanced their business.

 

Solus provides quality commercial grade fire pits for hotels, restaurants, resorts and other commercial locations. Our fire pits have the best warranty in the business and outstanding in-house customer service. We ship in museum quality containers almost anywhere in the world. We have CAD drawings for all of our designs and regularly assist architects, designers and developers in specifying a Solus fire pit for commercial projects.

 

We are proud to be part of wide range of hospitality businesses from cafes, restaurants, hotels, bars and event spaces; all of which have been able to increase business as a result of being able to use outdoor space all year round. As the Covid 19 crisis continues, the hospitality industry has been forced to adapt to new ways of working to ensure they can continue to serve their customers and keep their doors open. Outdoor spaces have been adapted to create a safe space for customers to enjoy meeting with friends and family.

We look at some of of our hospitality clients and how a fire pit has enhanced their outdoor spaces.

Hotels

We’re incredibly proud to be featured in a number of hotels in the luxury Fairmont Hotel collection. Our fire pits have been used in both contemporary and traditional settings within the hotel brand and look stunning within the setting and allow these outdoor spaces to be used throughout the year.

Bars and Restaurants

Our fire pits create a natural space to gather with the added benefit of a space to rest a drink. The Streeterville Social has used a number of our fire tables within their large outdoor space.  The Altabira Tavern at Hotel Eastlund has the Hemi fire pit with the glass protection for extra piece of mind and particularly helpful addition for roof terraces that are more exposed to high winds. Lastly we have the Eataly restaurant in LA with the welcoming Hemi fire pit with drinks ring; offering space for drinks and appetizer plates, ideal for bars.

Commercial outdoor space in Cafes

One of our most recent installs is at Armistice Coffee is Seattle, a much welcome addition for their customers who can enjoy their coffee outdoors even on a cooler day and taking you from day to night.

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Hemi fire pit at Armistice Coffee in Seattle

 

If you are looking to make your outdoor space work for your business this Autumn and winter get in touch with us to find our more about our products.

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Winter Sun Inspiration

Solus firepit shown lit outside at monarch beach california

Looking for some Winter Sun Inspiration? The Solus Decor team have been taking some inspiration from our installations around the world.

The days are shorter and the winter coats are out, winter is on the horizon if not already here and it has us dreaming of some winter sun.  Looking at the travel experts advice we have fire pits installed in some of the best winter sun destinations around the world. Here’s a few few winter sun recommendations if you are looking for some inspiration.

California

Solus firepit shown lit outside at monarch beach california

Looking to keep a hold on to warmer days but still enjoy a gentle breeze? Look no further than California, ideal for those looking for a more gentle climate and you won’t get bored with so many things to see and do.  This a shot of our Elevated Halo fire pit at the Loews Hotel in Santa Monica with fantastic view of the famous Santa Monica Pier. More than 7 million visitors a year come to Santa Monica as one of the most famous beach cities, noted as one of National Geographic’s top ten and its close proximity to other Los Angeles attractions. Santa Monica Beach offers on average more than 300 days of sunshine a year and has some of the best sunsets on the West Coast.

Hawaii

A wonderful haven with a fantastic climate for those in search of winter sun. You can hop around the islands to see the vast  flora and fauna and learn about the rich culture and history of the islands.

This is an installation at a residential property for a Canadian client, who built their dream vacation home in Maui, Hawaii so they could make the most of the winter sun every year.  They have framed the house beautifully using our halo low fire pits. A wonderful oasis of calm to enjoy the winter months.

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Private Residence with Halo Low fire pits in Maui, Hawaii

 

For those looking for a little more excitement and entertainment with their winter sun then the famous Waikiki Beach is what you need. Waikiki beach is on the island of Oahu and is Oahu’s main hotel and resort area and a vibrant gathering place for visitors from around the world. Along the main strip of Kalakaua Avenue you will find world class shopping, dining, entertainment, activities and resorts.

With so much in the surrounding area the Hyatt Regency Hotel Waikiki is the perfect beach place to base yourself to enjoy all that Honolulu and the rest of Oahu has to offer. After a day of exploring, the hotel has created the perfect spot to sit back, relax and enjoy the views with a a drink around the fire in the evening. The hotel have used the Hemi fire pits as part of the outdoor area in the Regency club area.

Bahamas

Looking for all inclusive luxury without the children? Look no further than Warwick Paradise Island  An all-inclusive resort hotel in the beautiful setting of the Bahamas.  All-Inclusive takes any stresses out of your vacation, leaving you to simply enjoy yourself. You can relax on the resort’s private harbour beach or take in some of the best views of Nassau Harbour.

 

St Barths

The definition of beach side luxury, Hotel Le Toiny is a five star luxury resort on the exclusive island of St Barths.

Solus Decor fire pit at Hotel Le Toiny
Solus Decor Hemi Fire Pit at Hotel Le Toiny

 

Bee Osborn has created a relaxed, light and airy space using soft creams with luxurious textures in the fixtures and fittings.  Hotel Le Toiny is  a 5-Star tropical paradise overlooking the Caribbean Sea on the hills of St. Barthelemy The Resort is made up of 22 luxury one and two bedroom suites nestled in of a lush palm grove bordered by Toiny beach.  The hotel has been designed as a sanctuary for guests to relax both indoors and outdoors.

Solus Decor are thrilled to be part of this stunning resort.  They have chosen to incorporate our Hemi fire pits on their beach terrace, providing a wonderful space for guest to enjoy at night.  The Hemi provide gently warmth as the sun goes down and a soft light that adds to the ambiance of this unique setting

 

 

Get in touch with us to find out more about our fire pits at these winter sun destinations.

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Memorial Garden at Trinity Western University

A scholarship and courtyard renovation honour the life of Jordan Thiessen.

A very special fire pit was installed at the Trinity Western University in British Columbia.

It is in memory of the life of Jordan Thiessen who was a student at the university. During his time at the university Jordan felt that the unloved and uncared for Douglas Courtyard could be a beautiful space. With some planting and a fire pit it would offer a place for students to relax and enjoy on campus.  Something he shared with his parents during a campus visit.

When Jordan sadly lost his life on October 18 2012, just 12 days after he married his university sweetheart, the family wanted to do something in his memory. His parents, Shirley and Carey set up the Jordan Thiessen Memorial Scholarship endowment but they wanted to do more. They recognised the deep impact that the University had on Jordan’s short life. They felt that making over the Douglas courtyard would not only honour Jordan, but it would also benefit all future students. Shirley threw herself into raising funds for both the scholarship and the courtyard project. The Jordan Thiessen Memorial Courtyard was dedicated September 14, 2013. On what would have been Jordan’s 24th birthday.

 

Hemi Fire Pit at Jordan Thiessen Memorial Garden at Trinity Western University

The memorial garden is now a wonderful place for students to enjoy, which gives great pleasure to Jordan’s parents.  If you would like to give to the courtyard project, or to the Jordan Thiessen Memorial Scholarship, please email Shirley Thiessen at [email protected].

For more information on Solus fire pits and water features please contact us.  TF:44 0208 819 1495 E: [email protected] W: www.solusdecor.co.uk

 

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A Romantic Stay at the Fairmont Pacific Hotel

Fairmont Pacific Hotel creates romantic ambiance in their spa and suite with Hemi Firebowl Firepit

Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Pacific Hotel with Hemi Fire Bowl

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon we are taking a look at a luxury suite at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in our home town.

We are well aware of the romantic ambiance a Solus fire pit can can create. We have seen them take centre stage of marriage proposals and romantic wedding receptions. Not forgetting the Bachelor Canada.

The Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel is located in the heart of the financial district of Vancouver. It features a wealth of luxury services and facilities well known with the Fairmont brand.  The hotel is home to the Botanist cocktail bar and restaurant and the luxurious Willow Stream Spa to help you make the most of your Valentine’s stay.

It’s no surprise that the Fairmont Pacific Hotel installed a Solus fire pit as part of their luxurious Chairman’s Suite.

This is a sensational suite. It is ideal for a romantic break, whether you are visiting from overseas or simply treating a loved one to a night of luxury.

If you would like to make a truly lasting impression during your stay at the Fairmont Pacific, take a look at the Chairman’s Suite. Nicknamed the “Rock Star Suite” due to its lavish features including a custom, 8-foot-long Swarovski crystal chandelier. It also features a private elevator, a hand-carved soaker tub and two stunning living room areas. It is all designed in the style of a contemporary Balinese Villa.  The pièce de résistance is an exclusive rooftop patio with views of Coal Harbour and the North Shore Mountains. This exclusive roof terrace includes a private gazebo with a meditation pond, and a Solus fire pit to create the ultimate venue for a romantic stay.

Solus Firepits for Commercial Projects

Hemi Fire Pit in Chairman’s Suite at Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel

Solus provides quality commercial grade firepits for hotels, restaurants, resorts and other commercial locations. Our firepits have the best warranty in the business and outstanding in-house customer service. We ship in museum quality containers almost anywhere in the world. We have CAD drawings for all of our designs and regularly assist architects, designers and developers in specifying a Solus firepit for commercial projects.
Contact us to discuss your project.

Private Terrace with Hemi Fire Pit, Chairman’ Suite, Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel

Get in touch with us to create your very own romantic haven at home. Find out more about our products.

Or get in touch with the Fairmont Pacific Rim to treat your loved one to the ultimate in luxury.

T: 44 0208 819 1495

E: [email protected]

W: www.solusdecor.co.uk

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Feature Project: Hotel Eastlund, Portland

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The Hemi fire bowl creates a modern gathering ideal for hotels and restaurants by adding warmth and ambiance

It is always a pleasure to be involved in any hotel project but given the design led nature of the Hotel Eastlund it makes it even more special. Having worked with a number of hotels in various locations we are also keen to be involved with these projects, particularly as we recognize the benefits of adding a fire pit to any restaurant or hotel.

Hotel Eastlund is the newest and finest luxury hotel in Portland combining classic, clean style with modern sophistication in downtown’s thriving Eastside.  In recent years Portland has become well known for the arts, culture and top class restaurants. The hotel brings together sleek design with top quality food and drink with both a cafe and roof top restaurant.

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Altabira City Tavern at Hotel Eastlund in Portland with Hemi fire bowl

Citizen Baker is a locally owned  bakery and café situated in the hotel, a relaxed spot to enjoy a coffee and a pastry before exploring all that Portland has to offer.  For something a little more special head to the roof top to Altabira City Tavern for view across the city where you will be greeted by the Hemi Fire Bowl.

Altabira City Tavern at Hotel Eastlund, Portland with the Hemi fire bowl
Altabira City Tavern at Hotel Eastlund, Portland with the Hemi fire bowl

The Hemi fire bowl creates a modern gathering ideal for hotels and restaurants by adding warmth and ambiance to ensure outdoor spaces can be all year round even in the cooler months of the year. Available in three sizes to suit any space these round, concrete fire pits add heat, atmosphere and simple beauty. Our ‘cross-jet’ and ethanol burners provide ample flames and are built to last. As with all of our fire pits, Hemi 26, 36 and 48 are fully certified and come with warranties on parts and performance.

To find out more about the Hemi or similar fire products get in touch with us and why not take a trip to Portland and book into the Hotel Eastlund.

Solus Firepits for Commercial Projects

Solus provides quality commercial grade firepits for hotels, restaurants, resorts and other commercial locations. Our firepits have the best warranty in the business and outstanding in-house customer service. We ship in museum quality containers almost anywhere in the world. We have CAD drawings for all of our designs and regularly assist architects, designers and developers in specifying a Solus firepit for commercial projects. Contact us to discuss your project.

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A Romantic Firepit Proposal in Massachusetts

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Hemi 48″ firebowl at Briarcliff Motel. Photo: Graham Fortgang

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner we are looking back at one of our favourite fire pit stories.

When we set out on our Fire Pit journey we knew they were a talking point and in addition to that we knew that they were a key element in creating the right ambiance for outdoor spaces and of course this in turn ticks all the boxes for romance.  The idea of sitting around fire light is an age-old tradition and is the scene for many romantic tales.  Solus have added a contemporary twist on this and in doing so have made it that much easier to create the perfect romantic setting.

We were thrilled to have been part of the back drop for a romantic proposal at the Briarcliff Hotel in Massachusetts.  Our Solus Hemi 48″ Firepit in the beautiful grounds of the Motel was chosen as the romantic spot where Keith proposed to Jamie at the Briarcliff Motel, located in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts.

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Jamie showing off her beautiful diamond ring
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The Happy Couple sitting by the Hemi Fire Pit

It turns out that the groom, Keith, had seen the above picture of our Hemi 48″ firepit on the Briarcliff Motel’s Facebook page and made a special request for them to set up this area in preparation for his marriage proposal. He got down on one knee and popped the question at the romantic fireside setting with the beautiful backdrop of the Berkshire Mountains. In case you’re wondering, Jamie absolutely said yes. That’s the happy couple at left – you can see Jamie showing off her beautiful diamond solitaire.

It gives us huge pleasure to know that the Hemi firebowl has become a significant part of the attraction for people choosing the Briarcliff Motel.

It creates a beautiful atmosphere, allowing guests to enjoy the great outdoors all year round.  Guests can relax around the fire while watching a beautiful sunset and stay toasty warm. As Valentine’s day descends upon us it is time to find your very own romantic spot and if it happens to include a fire – send us a photo.

Solus Firepits for Commercial Projects

Solus provides quality commercial grade firepits for hotels, restaurants, resorts and other commercial locations. Our firepits have the best warranty in the business and outstanding in-house customer service. We ship in museum quality containers almost anywhere in the world. We have CAD drawings for all of our designs and regularly assist architects, designers and developers in specifying a Solus firepit for commercial projects. Contact us to discuss your project.

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Solus fire bowls by New York’s Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal reviews the Solus

Playing With Solus Fire

By LAILA KEARNEY

Fire pits have evolved from caves and campsites to become a central part of outdoor living. In a survey of 166 landscape architects, fire pits ranked as one of the most requested residential outdoor features of 2013, according to the American Society of Landscape Architects. The pits are increasingly designed to use gas instead of kindling for environmental reasons and safety, while still bringing heat and art to the outdoors.

The Hemi is 36-inches in diameter, 16.5 inches tall. Solus Decor's Hemi 36 pictured here in the colour Arbutus.
Solus Decor’s Hemi 36 pictured here in the colour linen.

Blazing Bowls

Hand-cast concrete décor company Solus built its first fire bowl six years ago for a client wanting flames to rise from within her cascading swimming pool in coastal Victoria, British Columbia. Fire pits have since become the Vancouver-based company’s best-selling product, said company president Brad Carpenter. Solus pit designs include this Hemi fire bowl. The Hemi pictured is 36-inches in diameter, 16.5 inches tall and can be built to use a propane burner or, more commonly, a natural-gas line that runs beneath the surface of the product.

 

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Valentines Day in Massachusetts – Romance at the Hemi Fire Pit

Solus hemi gas fire pit

When we set out to create the world’s most beautiful fire pits we didn’t quite anticipate how much fire adds to the conversation, ambiance and of course romance. Sitting around a fire is primal – it is part of the human soul and has taken place for thousands of years. Solus has very simply put a new contemporary twist on it.  Fire invites conversation and it brings people together. One of our favourite stories took place two hours outside of Boston Massachusetts just two short years ago.

Our Solus Hemi 48″ Firepit was chosen as the romantic spot where Keith proposed to Jamie at the Briarcliff Motel, located in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts.

Briarcliff Motel. Photo by Graham Fortgang
Hemi 48″ firebowl at Briarcliff Motel. Photo: Graham Fortgang

It turns out that the groom, Keith, had seen the above picture of our Hemi 48″ firepit on the Briarcliff Motel’s Facebook page and made a special request for them to set up this area in preparation for his marriage proposal. He got down on one knee and voilà, popped the question at the most romantic spot possible. In case you’re wondering, Jamie absolutely said yes. That’s the happy couple right below – you can see Jamie showing off her beautiful diamond solitaire.

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The lovely couple just moments after they got engaged around our Hemi 48″ firebowl at the Briarcliff Motel in Massachusetts.

It gives us much pleasure to learn that the Hemi firebowl has become a significant part of the attraction for people choosing the Briarcliff Motel. It creates a lovely atmosphere for patrons to hang out and converse while watching a beautiful sunset and staying toasty warm. As Valentines day descends upon us it is time to find that romantic spot and if it happens to include a fire – send us a photo.