One of downtown Kitchener’s most recognizable landmarks, the historic Walper Hotel has played a pivotal role in the city’s development since it was established in 1893. More than a hundred years later, the dated accommodations are unable to meet the demands of modern travelers, many of whom arrive as part of the region’s burgeoning tech industry. In a joint venture with Jill Greaves Design, this design project is revitalizing the Walper as a modern boutique hotel while celebrating its historic details and pairing them with contemporary design. The refurbishment of the guest rooms includes creating additional rooms in the existing floor plates, bring the room count to 92 guest rooms. Each room is unique and includes custom millwork, furnishings, light fixtures and finishes. The new material palette includes warm walnut and ash wood that continue from floor to furnishings, bright pops of colour in furniture and high gloss room doors, and bold graphic accents on feature walls. The bathrooms are also revived with a clean, white palette of marble, stone and glass, walnut custom vanities and generous shower enclosures. The eccentric combinations of custom-designed and sourced furniture and lighting create distinct spaces in each room for lounging, resting and working, further emphasizing the hotel’s boutique nature. With a revitalization that spans from minute details to an overall urban impression, the Walper is once again poised to become a destination in the region.