Grand Image is excited to see The Hotel Sorella in Kansas City featured in the House & Home section of The Kansas City Star. Artist Sarah Atkinson’s 118”x118” original piece is the centerpiece of the hotel’s lobby. Here are some highlights from the article.
From a distance, there’s nothing distinctive about Hotel Sorella. And there’s no clue that, when a polite doorman opens the doors to the building, the lobby will stop visitors in their tracks.
The boutique hotel on the southwest side of the Country Club Plaza is proof that great interior design can gracefully marry new and old. The modern furnishings and artwork pick up on the Plaza’s distinct architecture inspired by the Spanish city of Seville.
Todd Scholl, director of sales and marketing for the hotel, says “Sorella” is Italian for sister, and Hotel Sorella is a sister of Valencia Group’s Hotel Valencia brand.
Andrea Dawson Sheehan, art director and CEO of Dawson Design Associates of Seattle, says her team spent a lot of time at the Plaza to distinguish the hotel from others in the brand.
The design team was determined to create something unique for Kansas City, she says. “We wanted something that reflected a more international aesthetic and energy, an experience that captured the flavor of a gallery or ancient Palazzo, as we created this story for Valencia’s Sorella.”
Scholl points to a modern seating area in the lobby, dominated by a huge portrait of a woman by figurative artist Sarah Atkinson.
The artist was commissioned to paint the quintessential Sorella woman, Scholl says.
“In the initial portrait, she was to be a bit sour — that younger sister look,” he says. “But that’s not how she turned out. She’s contemporary, chic and beautiful.”
In fact, Scholl says, those working at the hotel are often a bit surprised when guests gather for photos.
“We thought they’d want to be photographed with the chandelier, but in fact, probably more people want to be photographed with her,” he says, looking fondly at the painting.