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Three Years On, How Far Along Is André Balazs' London Hotel?

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October 28, 2013 at 9:12 AM | by | Comment (1)

Almost to the day three years ago did we scout Marylebone’s Chiltern Street based on the juicy gossip that André Balazs had set his sights on an abandoned fire station as the location for his new London hotel. Three years ago! Where does the time go?

On the long and winding road to today, we stumbled upon some delicious renderings of the interior (which didn’t last long on the contractor’s website), learned that it would possibly be a Mercer Hotel Andre was planning here, saw a multistory extension going up at the back of the courtyard, and wondered out loud what progress was being made over the summer. A 2013 opening was always part of the plan, but in case you hadn’t noticed, Christmas is barely two months away. So will we still get inside this year?

Based on what we saw this past weekend, we will venture a guess and say… no. While a significant part of the black scaffolding has come down, and work was being done on a Saturday to clean the original red bricks of the main facade (a process so unbearably loud we sympathize with local residents), to our – admittedly untrained – eye there is still a ways to go before any ribbon cutting or champagne reception opening can take place.

With the scaffolding coming down, we can start to see how the three red square fire station garage doors from before have been replaced with elegant arches over what we assume will be glass panels. And if this is to become a Mercer, two out of the three initials of the Marylebone Fire Brigade (MFB) further up are pretty apropos. The newly-built extension looked the most polished, down to the sparkly clean windows. Yet, the lower structure on the left appeared to be almost an empty shell still.

We would love to be proven wrong and be surprised with a 2013 opening, but until then, we’ll add the Mercer London to our list of 2014 London Hotels to watch out for.

[Photos: JasonD for HotelChatter]

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Eugene Or Blog

Eugene Or Travel Blog The archetecture is classic I think its great you guys are fixing the place up they just don't make them like that anymore

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