The diversity of Sintered Stone from Neolith was highlighted in a recent project at a hotel in Budapest, where it was chosen for surfaces in the meeting room, breakfast area and bar.

Budapest is an historic city with a unique culture, and some of the world’s most refined and exquisite architecture. It overflows with powerful visual statements, inspiring awe wherever one looks.

Recently, two of Sintered Stone brand Neolith’s most popular surfaces, Calacatta Polished and Iron Frost, were specified in the newly refurbished Marriott Hotel, Budapest.

Working with Twenty2 degrees Architect Studio, the operator was keen to incorporate materials into the design which could perform as well as they looked. Furthermore, the group has a robust sustainability strategy, so anything specified has to have low carbon credentials, embodying its aim to achieve Net Zero 2050.

Neolith, which is manufactured in a carbon neutral environment, became the surfacing material of choice early on in the design process.

Good Morning

First impressions count and the décor of a breakfast room can be as important as the sustenance in establishing a guest’s mood, as they acclimatise to the morning. Marriott Budapest’s Morning Room certainly lifts the spirit and senses. Central to this space is an expansive breakfast bar topped with cool, crisp and gleaming Neolith Calacatta Polished, which is also used to partially clad the base. In a room dedicated to dining, cleanliness and hygiene are a crucial factor.

Neolith’s inherent waterproof properties, scratch resistance and ability to be fitted with seamless joints meant it was a natural choice in a setting where food and drink were to be prepared, displayed and consumed on a daily basis.

Let’s Do Business

Creating the perfect environment for doing business is a delicate balancing act. First, you need to establish a formal setting in which to work, yet also make the setting comfortable, welcoming and conducive to collaboration.

The overall interior design should not be too busy and make plenty of provision for natural daylight, to maintain attention and motivation. In keeping with the rest of the hotel, Marriott decided less is definitely more for its main meeting room.

Dark wood panelling and muted grey walls are punctuated by two statement shelving units in Calacatta Polished, helping to create a look which means business.

Raising the Bar

At night, the hotel comes to life as a centrally located social hub where the great and good of the ‘Queen of the Danube’ gather to enjoy its cool, contemporary and sophisticated atmosphere.

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Central to this communal area is an elegant, white- tiled bar, which stands out against a varnished parquet floor. However, the most striking feature is a countertop specified in one of Neolith’s most interesting surfaces, Iron Frost, which combines shiny, metallic details on a sheer white background.

It’s definitely the place to be seen for pre-dinner drinks or a couple of nightcaps in this magical and enchanting city.

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