Like most hospitality design projects in recent years the bath was a major focus for the redesigned guestrooms and 12 new super luxury accomodations at the Hotel Bel-Air, as well as for the Swiss beauty spa that all resulted from the thoughtful collaborative between internationally reknowned architecture design firms in Alexandra Champalimaud and Rockwell Group.
As part of the new luxury bath design at the Hotel Bel-Air most all of the guestrooms and suites feature much larger bathrooms now with separate spaces for the shower and bath in a wetroom design layout anchored by the ProLine Drain by Quick Drain USA. The sublte, linear channel drain has been the catalyst here in the U.S. for the trend of replacing the traditional bathtub altogether in favor of the shower, and more and more these days the wetroom layout has proven to be a favorable design element of the modern traveler. The ProLine Drain was the ideal design specification for the Hotel Bel-Air and the many different applications presented by the full-scale tub to shower replacement project along with the numerous new showers and water features in the luxury suites and La Prairie, the 4,134 square foot Swiss beauty spa for guests of the elegant Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles.
“We’re very proud to be a part of the Hotel Bel-Air redesign,” said Josef Erlebach, technical director for the ProLine Drain by Quick Drain USA. “There’s a ton of history around that property and if it’s not the top hotel in the U.S. it certainly is right up there among the best. We have a great amount of respect for Alexandra Champalimaud and the Rockwell Group, and the design they put together for the property speaks for itself. For us, having the ProLine Drain specified here is something we can immediately point to as a way to verify how the industry feels about the quality and performance of our drain system. We feel we’ve earned the trust of hospitaly and healthcare architects and when you can be specified in projects like the Hotel Bel-Air it’s something we can take pride in.”
After becoming the very first UPC and ICC-ES approved channel drain for U.S. building design and construction, the ProLine Drain by Quick Drain USA has been the perfect replacement for the traditonal round center drain at just the right time for hospitality designers. With the highly-improved look of the stainless steel drain plate in several different sizes and textures, the ProLine Drain allows for large-format porcelain tile designs to go interrupted and expands the options for ADA-compliant, barrier-free showers or wetrooms. These design features ride on the ProLine Drain’s other list of functional attributes such as quality and most importantly, the speed and the ease of installation the sublte, linear drain system adds to large-scale building projects. The ProLine Drain has been designed for fast, simple bathtub to shower conversion projects or new shower construction in modern hospitality and healthcare buildings.
In addition to the major upgrades in the bath amenities and features in all phases of the Hotel Bel-Air redesign, the property was upgraded in a major way for its guests with nearly 19,000 square feet of new space added in the form of luxury living, lifestyle and spa features. The 12,000 square foot mission-style bell tower at the Hotel Bel-Air houses the new spa, three unique “loft guestrooms” and the new fitness center. The signature swans have remained at home gliding on top of Swan Lake, but in nearly every other way the Hotel Bel-Air has opened with renewed energy and modern features to enhance the guest experience. One such draw will no doubt be the restaurant opening with Master Chef Wolfgang Puck and his management group. Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air will serve up modern California cuisine with European and Mediterranean influences.