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Gansevoort Founder Michael Achenbaum Now Planning a Hotel in London

December 16, 2013 at 6:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

UPDATE: Michael Achenbaum of the Gansevoort Hotel Group has partnered with Douglaston Development, SUSD and Hondo Enterprises to develop this new hotel but a name has not been selected at this time. So it may not be a Gansevoort branded hotel. But we hope it is, for the rooftop pool party's sake.

Gansevoort Hotels may have crapped out in Las Vegas but they've already got their sights on a new city--LONDON.

In this news report on tech firms investing in London, there was a little tidbit that said the Gansevoort Hotel Group (not a tech firm obviously) "will develop a new £60 million hotel in Shoreditch that will cater for East London’s entrepreneurial community, creating at least 150 jobs."

Shoreditch is clearly a hot neighborhood, with an Ace Hotel and a Soho House (called Shorditch House) already in place. So it makes sense that Gansevoort Hotels would open up here. But will it actually happen? If so, when? We put in a line to the Gansevoort's PR reps and they confirmed the project to us.

Keep reading below for all the details!

Looking down Curtain Road in Shoreditch

The full-service urban resort will open on 45 Curtain Road in Shoreditch and is expected to break ground in the spring with an opening happening sometime next year. The hotel will have 120 guest rooms, seven luxury suites, a restaurant, a bi-level bar, a 24-hour fitness center, over 6,000-sq.ft. of meeting and event space, and in typical Gansevoort fashion, a bi-level bar and a rooftop swimming pool.

The hotel will also feature something called a Tech Incubator. We're working on the details of what exactly this involves but given that the hotel is opening in the "Tech City" area of Shoreditch, London's own version of Sillicon Valley that's supported by the government, we hope that the incubator comes with lots of cool technology for guests to see and use. The hotel will also pay homage to the district with designs inspired by the local street art scene.

And it wouldn't be a Gansevoort without regular parties. London's weather might not accommodate weekly pool parties but we expect the Gansevoort to try.

Stay tuned for more details on the property later this week!

[Photo: Gansevoort Hotels and Google Street View]

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