Over in the UK, we’ve already seen The Marylebone Hotel in Marylebone, London, which opened in January, swiftly followed by The Bristol in, erm, Bristol. They both look pretty swish, but the one we’re really looking forward to is The Kensington (we’ll let you take a guess where that one is).
Why so? Because unlike the Marylebone, they closed this one down for nine months, threw £20m at the building and, according to the hotel, “ripped it to shreds”.
The hotel is on the corner of Queen’s Gate and Old Brompton Road – a highly posh area – and is made up of four Victorian townhouses spliced together. The renovation has recovered the original ceiling heights (we’re hoping that means lofty) and they've brought in Murano glass chandeliers, herringbone oak parquet, and silk damask curtains.
As for the rooms, each will be individually styled with things like textured wallpaper, TVs in the bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides for the corner rooms (not sure how that works, but we can’t wait to see). Rates start from £110.
So good luck to the Doyles and their collection; one word of friendly advice, though – your rooms look pretty fly, but the sleeping lady and alarm clock on your homepage don’t. And in the future, a little more imagination in the hotel naming procedure wouldn’t hurt.