Owen Watters, CEO of Roberts Radio, joins us for an exclusive interview about the brand that’s renowned for marrying the finest of engineered technology with a signature style and design. The leading household name in the audio industry holds Royal Warrants, and we explore how the brand aligns with hotel values.

What can Roberts Radio bring to a hotel room?

Roberts has been around since 1932, there’s this strong sense of familiarity that resonates. When you lock eyes with that timeless design, immediately you feel this sense of warmth, a home-from-home feeling. I think that’s why there is this beautiful synergy with some of the hotels we have been privileged to work with. Always there to bring conversation when sought, whether through your favourite radio station and hosts, or fill the space with background noise, or even simply setting the perfect mood. It’s so versatile, yet so simple.

How does Roberts Radio help a hotel connect with its guests?

I think it really comes down to the quality of the product, and we are incredibly lucky that fans of Roberts recognise us for this. There’s a fantastic sense of bringing people together when you think about Roberts, and this relates a lot to hotels, who have specifically curated these warming escapes where people can really focus on that time together. It’s such an uplifting feeling to know that renowned spaces such as Soho House, Gleneagles, The Ned or The Hoxton embrace this shared value, not only in the UK, but in some of their global destinations too. For me, I treasure that our smart radios can work anywhere in the world. We can connect people to their favourite stations from home, almost transport them to the places they might long for or share meaningful connections with. Whether travelling, moving abroad, or recollecting old memories, Roberts eases that connection.

In room entertainment and room aesthetics go hand in hand, and with both of these contributing to the guest experience, how does Roberts Radio work with this in mind?

We have a colour for every mood. We are one for loud colour lovers, and one for minimalists. Our classic Revival style adds an iconic retro feel to the space that can be dressed up or down. That’s the beauty of it, it can take up as much or as little space as you want it to. You can’t help but be drawn to its design, there’s a curiosity in wanting to switch it on before delving into its technology.