Hilton Mystic

Practice Area
Hilton Hotels & Resorts
Mystic, Connecticut

Best in Hospitality – Restaurant,
IIDA New England, 2016

Celebrating both the historic past and entrepreneurial present of the city, the design of the Hilton Mystic is a marriage of Mystic's maritime legacy and cultural vibrancy. Designed to evoke the city's shipbuilding past, the Hilton Mystic invites both guests and locals to celebrate this iconic center on the city's waterfront. 

The existing hotel lobby and public spaces occupied a multileveled floor plan that created a disconnected dining and bar experience and underutilized lounge and courtyard. To unify these disparate spaces, the design team elevated the courtyard, creating a lateral harmony with the lobby, restaurant, and bar. With central firepits and optimized furniture layouts, the newly designed courtyard has become the new face of the hotel, a space observed through double-height windows that effortlessly transitions from a bright, daytime escape to a cozy, fireside venue at night. 
Irons and Grinnell, an active shipyard once located on the waterfront, is the inspiration behind The Irons, the new restaurant and bar designed for this hotel. A reclaimed wood, metal, and glass portal defines the entrance from the lobby, and the reimagined program offers an array of dining choices, allowing patrons to work, socialize, and utilize the adjacent outdoor space. 

To enliven the lounge, the design team reconfigured the room with a central wood fireplace, stylized by blackened steel cladding. Vintage-edition lighting fixtures punctuate the lounge, and the long central community table encourages guests to work or relax. Cascading-water wall panels screen the lounge from the lobby. Looking past the water panels toward the concierge desk, visitors enjoy the large MYSTIC sign, inspired by the iconic Mystic Bridge

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