What we did

  • Interior Design
  • Furniture Design
  • FF&E Specification
  • Lighting Design
  • Public Area Shopfit

Paragon Hotels


August 2014

Main Contractor

Dimension Shopfitting


Occa Design was appointed by Paragon Hotels in 2011 to undertake the soft refurbishment of the existing reception area, adjacent bar and lounges at The Roxburghe Hotel.

The interior design brief was to create high-end interior spaces, sympathetic to the heritage of the hotel’s Georgian townhouse property situated on Charlotte Square in central Edinburgh. A strong sense of arrival was to be created, suited to the hotel’s prestigious location on Charlotte Square in central Edinburgh and appealing to the wide variety of guests and customers visiting the hotel.

The success of this refurbishment has seen Occa Design return to the hotel initially assisting with the formation of a club lounge and boardroom to support the hotel’s conversion to a Crowne Plaza, then again in 2014 to undertake the creation of The George Street Bar & Grill.

The design concept for reception and lounge areas took influence from both the heritage of the building and the Edinburgh International Book Festival, which is held annually on Charlotte Square. The interior design proposal mixed traditional architectural detailing from wall panelling and mirror to ornate plasterwork. Ink tones combined with rich fabrics in wool, leather and Paisley pattern to create luxurious interiors with a subtle Scottish influence.

Inviting furniture shapes, such as the Chesterfield sofa was selected to create a classic feel, with contemporary details adding a modern edge. Artwork with a mix of local and literature based imagery was generously applied throughout the spaces. A mix of polished chrome finishes and feature lighting completed the scheme perfectly creating glamorous, traditional interiors with a contemporary twist, perfect for afternoon tea, cocktails, informal meetings or relaxing downtime. Accessories in polished metal finishes add sparkle throughout the glamorous spaces.

Echoes of the opulence of a bygone era, contemporary touches and rich sumptuous finishes saw the stunning interiors well received by both the client team and hotel guests. Exquisite attention to detail created a perfect harmony between welcoming spaces and the feeling of stepping in to somewhere special. The Roxburghe Hotel won the prestigious Edinburgh Hotel of the Year award at the Scottish Hotel Awards in 2014. It is now part of the Principal Hayley hotel portfolio.

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