The hotel is an original 1940s Art Deco build that used to be called The Lord Balfour. The signs of its past remain; you will notice the original neon sign hanging above the main doors for example.
There is a porch lining the front of the hotel, where guests can relax with a drink and snack. There is a fresh breeze here, which is not to be taken for granted at the height of summer! Inside, the lobby is a prime example of the wackier side to Art Deco interiors. A more subdued version of Austin Powers' living room, the lobby has a strong retro edge. The original terrazzo floors and murals give the area its charm, giving it more of a living room atmosphere than of a hotel lobby. In addition to the free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, there are also two computers in the lobby. Behind the lobby you will find a small but pleasant courtyard furnished with a few wooden tables and chairs. This area is particularly charming at night by candlelight.
To the right of the main entrance is the hotel restaurant and bar. Illuminated with fluorescent lighting, it has quite a different atmosphere to the rest of the hotel, but it works well under the Art Deco bracket. The restaurant has neat outdoor seating on the front porch with tables dressed in crisp white table cloths, giving the restaurant an upper-end atmosphere.
Back in the lobby, there are a few Art Deco gems like the original switchboard (no longer in use) behind the reception desk; the elevator that takes guests up to the rooms is also an original piece of Art Deco vintage not to miss out on!