The Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center Hotel in Texas is a new-build, all-suite property designed to achieve LEED Gold Certification. If approved, the property would become the first Embassy Suites to achieve LEED Gold Certification.
Boutique Dallas firm, MatchLine Design Group, conceived the interior design concept for the hotel’s 318 guestrooms, lobby, ballrooms and conference rooms, indoor pool, bar, restaurant, and the 70,000-square-foot convention center. Located near the University of North Texas (UNT), the property is in the heart of the upcoming Rayzor Ranch entertainment district as well as within walking distance of shops, dining, nightlife, and live music. The hotel offers contemporary suites with separate living rooms, work desks, floor-to-ceiling windows, and other amenities.
As part of its nature-inspired design, the lobby has a 23-foot high living wall and waterfall as well as many organic patterns and various finishes throughout the property. One of these patterns takes shape through a decorative wallcovering set behind the front desk, which is designed to look like a microscopic view of a leaf. On the exterior, the property is outfitted with 1,000 solar panels.
The open floor plan in the lobby allows for flexibility—the space can accommodate guests for a variety of gatherings, from gallery openings to pop-up performances. Natural light is maximized and a sheeting waterfall brings the beauty of the outdoors inside. These features complement the natural stones and woods abundant throughout the space, as well as the color palette of greens and blues.
Music, art, and literary themes influenced the decor—the registration pendant is made from trumpets and a hand-blown glass pendant with pulleys and counterweights. In keeping with the LEED Gold Certification standards, MatchLine Design Group integrated sustainable interior products, where possible, including recycled glass countertops at the registration desk, dining table tops made of SFI-certified wood chips, and fabrics accented with tweed textures and natural hide.
Additionally, a gallery wall showcases local artists from UNT and guestrooms continue this connection to UNT. Furnishings include slate colored sofas in herringbone tweed fabric, teal and gray patterned carpet, textural wallcoverings, and the dining chair has an abstract pattern reminiscent of the Texas regional Indian Paintbrush flower.
The use of local artisans and artists also led to the creation of a gallery wall with future rotating exhibitions. The collaboration with these artists and UNT students places an emphasis on engaging the local community.