The Hermitage Hotel announced details of its upcoming restaurant launch and hotel-wide redesign. The 122-room Hermitage will unveil two new dining outlets, a top-to-bottom design refresh of guestrooms and public spaces, and other signature touches, beginning in late October.
The centerpiece of The Hermitage Hotel’s multi-year project is Drusie & Darr, a new restaurant and bar. The hotel’s former Capitol Grille dining room and bar will be renovated into this new restaurant by interior designer Thomas Juul-Hansen, who has conceived a glamorous space that will introduce new warmth and ambiance while honoring the room’s iconic architectural details. Juul-Hansen is drawing on a simple palette of natural materials – metal, wood, leather and stone – complemented by dramatic lighting that will uplift the restaurant’s famous arched ceilings.
Juul-Hansen will also design The Pink Hermit. Its name is derived from the definition of hermitage as a “secluded retreat,” and this intimate space, clad in pale pink and gray marble, will welcome guests with cozy seating, both indoors and outdoors. Additionally, a glamorous new ladies’ room will open this fall. Taking its cue from the men’s room’s horizontal tilework in stripes of lime green and black, the new ladies’ room will be decorated with striped walls of variegated pink marble, inlaid marble flooring, arched doorways, rose gold-framed mirrors, and glamorous lighting throughout.
Interior design firm ForrestPerkins is overseeing all design updates of the lobby, adjacent ballroom, and all guestrooms and suites. In the lobby, the original 1910 painted glass ceiling, ornamental plaster details, and Tennessee marble, all designed by Tennessee architect James E.R. Carpenter, have been meticulously preserved, while the entire space has been brightened with an updated color palette and new furnishings in textured shades of blue and silver.
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