InterContinental Hotel Archives Neal Prince ASID

Neal Prince R.A., A.S.I.D

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Hotel Indonesia
Jakarta, Indonesia (1960-1985)

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Mr. Neal Prince,
R.A., A.S.I.D
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InterContinental  Hotels 

John B. Gates,
Chairman of the Board
Robert Huyot,
Chairman of the Board
Hans Sternick,
Chairman of the Board
John P. Sutherland,
Latin American
Mario Di Genova,
Europe/Africa Divsions
R. Kane Rufe,
Sr. Vice President
Far East/Pacific Division
John C. Carrodus
Sr. Vice President
of Services
Neal A. Prince
Vice President
Graphics and Interior Designs
Departmental Staff and Contractual Designers:
Kenneth Smith,
Charles R Alvey,
Graphic Designer
Richard Simpson,
Graphic Designer
 Bill Embery
Dale & Pat Keller,
Joe Grusczak,
Trisha Wilson,
James Ray Baker,
Irene D'Alessio,
Interior Designer

Arie deZanger,
IHC Photographer

InterContinental Hotel Indonesia Jakarta Neal Prince Branding Monogram

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Who is Mr. Neal Prince? Mr. Prince is a trained Architect from Rice University, an Art Historian, Art Collector and a person with a vast passion for Motion Pictures and Theatre History, especially Set Designs. These elements came together to build a foundation to Mr. Prince's skills, which later became recognized as his ability for designing Hotel and Restaurant Interiors. Mr. Prince incorporated his own passions of above, into an International branding philosophy that remains as strong today as it was when he developed his philosophy of Hotel and Restaurant Designs, which is visible today, in Hotels worldwide. But what makes Mr. Prince different? He was a pioneer within this Industry, along with Dale and Pat Keller, of Hong Kong, in designing Hotels in countries that never had an International Hotel presence. Mr. Prince, along with Kenneth Smith (Interior Designer), Charles Alvey (Graphic Designer), Richard Simpson (Graphic Designer), William Embury (Interior Designer), Joe Grusczak (Interior Designer), James Ray Baker (Interior Designer) and Irene D'Alessio (Interior Designer) and many others were the first, to sent the standards for International Hotel Interiors. And what is incredible is that he did not have the grand budgets that most designers have today. Mr. Prince used local talents and products, when available and appropriate, to augment his designs, which, in return, allowed local Artist, Gallery Owners, Merchants and vendors to view InterContinental not as an invader, but as a partner in creating new sources of commence within the local economy. What is even more unique in Mr. Prince being different, was that Mr. Prince has always credited his success, not in the terms of "I", but "WE". Mr. Prince, being from Corsicana, Texas, has always remained modest and respectful and always have contributed his success due to the fact that designing hotels is a "TEAM" effort, from his Departmental Staff to his Professional Associate Designers that he had brought on to do a certain project for the vast inventory of InterContinental Hotel holdings. This website is to bring together the collections, resources, stories and images documenting a period of time, before computers, mobile phones, fax's or video conferencing. This website is to recapture the time when International Hotel Design Industry remained in its infancy before the growth and development into what we have today as multi billion dollar companies. Each Hotel on this website will encompass how Mr. Prince and his Staff and Professional Associates overcame the troubles of designing Hotels, from a historic point of view, to what was necessary to open the Hotels, maintain the Hotels, and what lessons were learned to be applied for the next project.



Hotel Indonesia:


Djakarta was the gateway to the archipelago of Indonesia at this time in the early 1960's. To its tranquility, its grandeur, its dances and its feasts were becoming well recieved with the International Travellors.

On the Islands of Indonesia (Sumatra, Java, Bali and a thousand others) you were able to discover a sysmetry and balance of great beauty. In the spectacular Magic Lion Dance of Bali, good and evil move to the same rhythm - in homes you were able to discover the colors and random patters of the forest in batik drapery - in the wildrest celebrations there were the peaceful spirit of the giant granite buddhas of the forest. Symmetry and balance ...all opposites are the same. The guest were able to find much of the islands at the Hotel Indonesia. Handwoven batiks, giant ivory tusks curving over our festive hall, oriental garndes, an the gentle peopel who are our staff welcome the guest to the subtle delights that are Indonesia


Jakarta, Indonesia

This location was the key to the Spice Islands of the past to the Indonesia of the Future at the time. Deisgned to be ahead of its time in service, comforts and the most current innovations were applied to this Hotel under the direction of Neal Prince, who was the Lead Interior Designer. This Hotel Indonesia was the showcase for the riches of Indonesian traditions and rich culture. One of two magnificent properties in Indonesia, which was managed by Inter-Contonental Hotels at the time, the Hotel Indonesia held all of the worlds of Indonesia ...past, present the furthre. 




Lead Interior Designer:
Neal Prince ASID Intercontinental Hotel Designer Pan-Am

Neal A. Prince, R.A., A.S.I.D, Lead Designer

V.P. of Graphic and Interior Design Department, InterContinental Hotel Group 1960-1985



The new and old, a balance and symmetry



In 1962, this Hotel was the tallest building in Indonesia. Being 450 room hotel is the high centerpiece of Oriental gardens and pools. Each room is air-conditioned and panelled in teak. Many have balconies with a memorable view of Djakarta. For the guest convenience, there is a complete range of shops and services at the hotel from valet and laundry to the island's most complete gift shop.

 With views looking upon the very larger pool and every cosmopolitan luxury that was offered in 1960. The property is located on the major boulevard, near the embassies.


Hotel Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia


Hotel Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia

This image illustrates that the rooms were far from ample to lavish - one of their many suites at the time when the Hotel opened in 1962.

How does Mr. Prince's identify an outstanding Hotel?

Response: When you arrive at the Hotel, telephone room service and order a club sandwich to be delivered to your room. Once the room service had delivered your requested club sandwich, take a moment to access how it was prepared, what materials they used to create your club sandwich and then taste the sandwich. Mr. Prince firmly believes, from 55 years of travelling around the world that if a Hotel is able to prepare the "simple" club sandwich correctly, then that Hotel is being operated correctly.



Nirwana Supper Club:

Nirwana Supper Club was the most popular supper club in Indonesia at the time.

Hotel Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia

Restaurant Orientale:

The Restaurant Orientale was a restaurant which was filled with high art from the Far Eastern edges of the area to offer the most Far Eastern cuisine in the region. The Restaurant Orientale creates the subtle change of Indonesian and Chinese specialties.

Hotel Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia

Ramayana Restaurant:

This restaurant showcased the various International cuisines that were being offered at the time. This restaurant was a very successful restaurant at the time. There is, in the Islands, an annual epic festival of 500 dancers. Its name is Ramayana and Ramayana is the theme of their international resturant. Here, dancers, birds and flowers are captured on mosaics...European chefs hold court over haute cuisine. And here, travellers celebrate their arrival to the Spice Islands.

Hotel Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia


Pool Area:


The Hotel Indonesia's fabulous pool, with refreshments served on the terrace








Meeting Facilities:

The Bali Room, being the headquarters for international conventions and state dinners, was also able to accommodate 1,000 persons. It is entirely flexible and was able to arrange for on-stage performances.

Hotel Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia

The Bali Room seen here above with the stage, stereophonic sound and cinemascope was already able to be arranged for banquets or large receptions for the guest to hold meetings or entertain for their pleasures.


Formal Ballroom:





Images held by the Collection:



Attached is an 1971 MEMO from Mr. Prince on the Process of Designing a Guest Room for an Hotel




InterContinental HOTEL




NEAL PRINCE, ca. 1961

The approach to hotel design differs greatly from interior design for an individual. The latter is dictated by the aesthetic environmental pleasures of one particular person or family, whereas hotel design is a coordinated effort between the functional requirements if IHC Hotel Management and Operations, the architectural concept and space allocation, the desires of the local hotel company, the limitations of restrictive budgets, and the harmony and market of the country in which a hotel is located – all combined to produce a profit marking plant reflecting the current international tastes of a widely diversified market.

Although standardization would appear to be desirable in a rapidly growing industry, experience indicates the most successful efforts are based on individuality related to the country of origin rather than standardization of design, but with an overlying emphasis of international standardization of quality and service.

Each hotel in each location produces its own surveyed, conceptual, and operational requirements of IHC, its own local interior designers, and its own problems of local availability and manufacturing; however, the following outline of goals is generally applicable:

A. To produce good design based primarily on the functional needs and requirements of IHC Operations in order that Management can merchandise fully the facilities provided and develop a high quality of service; this design to be approached simultaneously along the following avenues:

1. Concept (objectivity) – initiated by IHC Operations and local Hotel Company (where applicable).

2. Function (utility) – based on past experience and current consumption of practical innovation.

3. Construction (fabrication) – utilization of local market facilities and methods wherever possible.

4. Budget (feasibility) – dictated by market surveys indicating the initial expenditure warranted by projected profits.

5. Beauty (design) – a conglomerate result of the thinking and ideas of all parties involved coordinated into a smooth, compatible result.

B. To insure that the original design concept and subsequent development of each project is based not on the likes and dislikes of any one faction but expresses the taste and insures the comfort of the international guest; and also utilizes, wherever possible, the trades, manufactures and craftsmen as well as the arts and crafts, ornamentation, styles, and traditions indigenous to the country in which a project is located.



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