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Here's a Sneak Peek at Andre Balazs' Upcoming London Hotel

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  Site Where: Chiltern Street, London, United Kingdom
June 22, 2012 at 11:02 AM | by | ()

We found it almost hard to believe when we realised it was as long ago as October 2010 when we first took pictures of the rumoured site of André Balazs' new London hotel. With very little detail available at the time, we wondered what the hotelier had in mind for this old fire station close to Marylebone High Street, not far north of Oxford Street.

Then in December of last year, we learned this was not going to be a Standard Hotel, but a "higher price-point in the ABP portfolio", and that it would not open until 2013.

Having passed by the hotel this week to check out for ourselves how far things have come along, we'd say that next year wouldn't surprise us; from the looks of the major construction going on at the moment, the property still has some way to come. Yet that didn't stop us from finding out what it will look like when completed.

The André Balazs website is still without any mention of the hotel, but taking the name of Knight Harwood (the contractor for the site) to the internet, we found some interesting bits of information and... renderings!

According to the website, the Grade II listed fire station - which dates back to 1889 - will house just 26 luxury suites. That's an even smaller number of rooms than we had thought. The project is "the vision of Manhattan Loft Corporation who have built schemes such as the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London and André Balazs who developed The Mercer and Chateau Marmont in the USA".

Renderings show exposed brick, lattice-wood on the ceilings, and lots of greenery. We'd venture a guess that the pitched ceiling with the beams is in the smaller structure with the two little turrets that you see in one of the pictures, across the courtyard from the main building that is currently mostly covered in scaffolding.

These little snippets of information only increase our hunger for more details on what André has up his sleeve here. We'll keep you posted as we try and find out more.

[Photos: HotelChatter, Renderings via Knight Harwood]

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