Kent hotel unveils Europe’s ‘tallest chandelier’ as showstopping piece after £9m refurb

Hythe Imperial Hotel in Kent has marked the end of its £9m renovation by unveiling Europe’s tallest chandelier pride of place in the hotel’s stairwell.

The four-star hotel has installed a 11-metre ornament, measuring 36ft and featuring individual lead crystals, which took over six months to create.

Put in during the renovation, the chandelier required more than 2,000kg of structural steel to support it from the atrium ceiling at the Hythe Imperial Hotel, in Kent.

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Manufacturers Wilkinson Ltd, which has held the Royal Warrant to Her Majesty The Queen as glass restorers since 1985, say the masterpiece is easily the biggest in Europe.

Owner David Wilkinson said: “It is certainly the tallest chandelier we have manufactured and the tallest in the UK, and we cannot find any records of anything taller having been installed anywhere in Europe.

“Installing something of that size in a busy hotel certainly presents challenges and took a great deal of planning, but the work went pretty much to plan and the end result is something quite spectacular.”

The four-storey property has been undergoing an extensive refurbishment since December 2016, with its new-look bedrooms, public areas and Champagne bar now revealed.

Nick Gauntlett, executive director at the Hythe Imperial, said: “Our new chandelier is a real centrepiece at the heart of the hotel. The craftsmanship and attention to detail paid by the team at Wilkinson really shines through and it will be a talking point for guests of the hotel for many years to come.”

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