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London's Lanesborough Luxury Hotel About to Reopen After Renovation

Hotel & Resort | James Ruggia | June 24, 2015

London's Lanesborough Luxury Hotel About to Reopen After Renovation

Photo courtesy of the Oetker Collection

One of London’s most royal institutions is returning to its place of pride in Knightsbridge across from the Hyde Park Constitution Arch.

The Lanesborough is preparing to reopen its doors on July 1 after a long and thorough renovation. In planning the renovation, the late Alberto Pinto treaded carefully on the hotel’s traditions, cherished by the extensive list of devoted guests who return again and again for all that the hotel represents in traditional British culture.

The Lanesborough will be available for booking from July 15, after an initial soft opening period with room and restaurant reservations on a request basis.

Every aspect of the 93-room lodging was refurbished, including all 43 suites, and all public areas. The renovation was ordered after the hotel joined the Oetker Collection, whose high prestige portfolio also includes such palatial icons as Le Bristol Paris, Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in the South of France and Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa in Baden-Baden, amongst others.

“With its strategic location in the heart of London, The Lanesborough, with managing director Geoffrey Gelardi at its helm is a prestigious addition to our portfolio, a major step for our development, and a natural complement to Le Bristol Paris, its sister hotel,” said Oetker CEO Frank Marrenbach.

Retaining Gelardi is key for Oetker. With the Lanesborough since 1990, he has name recognition with regular guests, and his moniker is as synonymous with the property as Felix Biegler is with the Peninsula Hong Kong or Kurt Wachtveitl with Bangkok’s Oriental. Notably, Gelardi was a 2011 HOTELS Magazine “Hotelier of the World” recipient.

The renovation took the 18th century palace, once the home of Viscount Lanesborough, all the way to its shell and yet the designers promise rooms and spaces “reminiscent of a grand residence.” Included in these is The Royal Suite, the hotel’s largest with seven bedrooms.

With a new design, Lanesborough’s restaurant Céleste will nonetheless retain its Regency style for three-star Michelin Chef Eric Frechon’s protégé Florian Favario.

Opening room rates at The Lanesborough are priced from £715 ($1,122) including VAT per room per night.

In other London hotel news, the 378-room DoubleTree by Hilton London Docklands opened on the banks of the River Thames, following an extensive refurbishment and reflagging. Located opposite Canary Wharf, it’s London’s only hotel with its own pier.

“The DoubleTree by Hilton London Docklands is just a two minute ferry ride across the River Thames to Canary Wharf, one of the world’s major global business districts, and near to international exhibition and event centers such as the O2 Arena and ExCel London,” said John Greenleaf, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton.

The hotel joins 10 other DoubleTree by Hilton hotels in Greater London.

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