Archive for August, 2011

  • Sleeperz celebrates RIBA recognition

    A landmark Cardiff city centre hotel is celebrating having been presented with a prestigious award by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

    Sleeperz – the 74-bedroom design-led hotel situated directly adjacent to Cardiff Central Station – has joined an elite list of buildings across the whole of the UK and Europe to be recognised by RIBA, whose awards honour buildings that have achieved the highest architectural standards and also make a substantial contribution to the local environment.

    President of the Royal Society of Architects in Wales (RSAW), Pierre Wassenaar visited the hotel to present the award, which was accepted on behalf of Sleeperz by Chief Executive of Sleeperz Hotels, David Myers.

    The Sleeperz concept is based around compact hotels in city centre locations adjacent to mainline railway stations, offering great value for money. Cardiff’s hotel is the first of several others planned across the UK, with Newcastle set to follow next year.

    Designed by award-winning architects Clash Associates, the six-storey hotel is a modern, highly visible and an instantly recognisable building. The high specification room designs each feature floor to ceiling windows that afford great views across the city and increase the feeling of space.
    Maximum use has been made of space in all areas of the hotel, while the limestone and glass façade allows light to flood through the building.

    Speaking about the decision to award Sleeperz this prestigious accolade, Martin Knight, Chairman of the RIBA Awards Jury 2010 said: “The whole Sleeperz operational model is an innovation and the resulting construction cost per room suggests many more sites could be made to work with this sort of thinking and with clever design tailored to small sites.
    “This is not back to basics architecture but possibly a reinvention of the city-centre hotel model for a money-conscious world.
    “The proximity to the railway is celebrated rather than hidden, with the full-height windows giving clear views of the trains passing silently behind acoustic glass.
    “Sleeperz is a welcome addition to Cardiff’s landscape and the striking building has certainly succeeded in making a substantial contribution to its local environment, making it very worthy of this award.”

    Chief Executive of Sleeperz Hotels, David Myers added:
    “Our Cardiff site fits perfectly with the Sleeperz Hotels ethos – utilising challenging sites very close to mainline railway stations to create a stylish urban hotel..
    “Although an affordable alternative to mainstream limited service hotels, no element of style has been sacrificed – on both the external and internal finish – with colourful and contemporary interiors creating a sense of modern urban living.
    “With Sleeperz, we really feel we have created a unique product in terms of both the style and standard of accommodation and to be recognised by such a respected industry body is a real achievement. We’re delighted with this RIBA accolade and look forward to rolling out this successful model across other sites.

  • Cardiff Hotel Makes the Grade with Design Programme

    One of the capital’s newest and most stylish hotels is celebrating, having been handpicked to appear on a programme which celebrates the best that the industry has to offer – across the world.

    The design-led Sleeperz Hotel, which is situated directly adjacent to Cardiff Central Station will feature during the next season of S4C’s 04 Wal: Hotels of the World series, hosted by Aled Samuel and interior designer, Leah Hughes.

    The programme is a new take on the popular 04 Wal, which for 9 years has focused on people in their homes and decided to mark its tenth year with something a bit different.

    Sleeperz finds itself in esteemed company as hotels that have already featured in the first series include Raffles in Dubai, the XVA Art Hotel in the United Arab Emirates and Morocco’s Dar Darma. The second series is due to hit the screens this autumn.

    The Sleeperz concept is based around compact hotels in city centre locations adjacent to mainline railway stations, offering great value for money. Cardiff’s hotel is the first of several others planned across the UK.

    The hotel is a modern, highly visible and instantly recognisable building with stylish, high specification room designs, each of which feature floor to ceiling windows that afford views across the city and maximise their compact space with bespoke furniture.

    Speaking about the hotel’s television debut, Sleeperz Head of Marketing & Sales, Javeed Anwar, said he was delighted that the building’s striking architectural design and stylish interior design had appealed to the programme makers.

    “The design of the hotel really is unique and much effort has been taken to create this quality lifestyle alternative in the heart of the city, offering guests a great deal of style and great value for money with room rates starting from just £55 a night.

    “To have that recognised by such a respected programme – and sit alongside literally some of the best hotels in the world – is a real achievement and something we’re obviously very proud and excited about.

    “At Sleeperz, every effort has been taken to create a modern, colourful and contemporary environment with a focus on the highest quality fittings – luxury beds, power showers and flat screen televisions are found in every room, and the communal areas are bright, stylish and inviting.

    “We’re absolutely delighted that all this will be seen by viewers of this popular programme and the filming was a great experience in itself. We’re looking forward to seeing it on screen in the autumn!”

    Speaking about the series, executive producer, Gwenda Griffith, said:

    “Choosing the hotels that featured was a real pleasure. I was looking for ‘a story’, whether it be a pure architectural story, an uncompromising design story, or a story that bridges the gap between art, fashion, architecture and interior design. It follows that each hotel is different and has its own individual thrust.”

  • Cycling enthusiast Javeed Anwar is Head of Marketing & Sales at Sleeperz Hotel, Cardiff

    I first started cycling when I moved from London to the Chilterns – mainly mountain biking initially and it proved a great way to get fit and get to know the area a bit better – I soon became hooked.

    This was in the late 1990s and I quickly progressed from local routes to the longer rides that were being organised by my local bike shop.

    When Sleeperz opened three years ago and I started spending half of each week in Cardiff, it was another great chance for me to explore new routes and the beautiful Welsh countryside – there are some fantastic cycling trails to be discovered.

    In the last three years, it’s become a serious hobby and a couple of years ago I progressed to road riding, which has taken my commitment to the sport to another level.
    I get so much from this hobby and every ride is a whole new challenge – the aim of which is to push myself as hard as I can.

    I’ve now completed several hugely demanding (some would say punishing!) Tour de France climbs, including Alpe d’huez, Col de l’iseran and Cormet de Roseland, as well as Giro d’Italia routes which include the Stelvio Pass, Gavia Pass and Mortirolo.

    I cycle with a great bunch of guys and of course we’re competitive – there’s a great deal of banter that helps get us up these mountains!
    I find each ride completely exhilarating and can actually get quite emotional when I realise what we’ve achieved by completing each one.

    I definitely believe there’s an overlap with work in that I return feeling completely refreshed and ready to tackle just about any challenge.
    A hobby such as this helps to keep both mind and body active and I’m looking forward to tackling more new routes – both the French Pyrenees and Spanish Sierra Nevada mountains are on the list – in the near future.