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Peninsula Hotels Is Coming To London!

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June 24, 2013 at 9:03 AM | by | Comment (1)

We might be tapping our feet impatiently for the opening of its property in Paris, but Peninsula Hotels made us all sorts of happy last week with the announcement of its plan to open a London hotel in swanky Belgravia, steps from Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace.

The Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited (HSH) – the parent company of Peninsula – has signed a non-binding agreement with Derwent, a property investor, to acquire its stake in the buildings at 1-5 Grosvenor Place, for £132.5 million ($205 million). Currently a rather unattractive (see above) office block, the announcement thankfully talks about planned redevelopment into something more suitable for a luxurious Peninsula Hotel.

Pretty much no other detail is available at this time, but what we can tell you is that competition, despite London’s never ending appetite for hotels, will be intense. Within spitting distance you will find a list of hotels that includes - but is not limited to - the Lanesborough (across the street), the Four Seasons, the Dorchester and 45 Park Lane, the Bulgari, the Berkeley, and the Ritz. Just like Paris, the arrival of the Peninsula will complete the Asian circle of Mandarin Oriental (also around the corner) and Shangri-La (at the Shard).

Presumably whatever plans the hotel group (and its army of architects) will come up with will have to account for the unrelenting traffic on Grosvenor Place, the main artery from Victoria up to Park Lane, which sees a lot of typical red double-decker city and tour bus traffic. A slew of bus stops is right out front, as well the traffic lights to get onto the roundabout around Wellington Arch, so triple-glazing will be in order we think.

As soon as more details become available, you will read about it here.

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OK

Considering that NYC & Chicago have a Peninsula Hotel, I just "assumed" that London & Paris had one as well. Great news.

Long time coming

Peninsula Hotels have been working on getting a London hotel for a long time. It apparently took forever to find a spot that was a good fit--both for the brand and financially hence the "unattractive office block" but at least the nabe is right. I cannot wait to see what they do as far as technology in this spot. It is going to be insane. So excited.

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