Five Months On, The Rumored Mercer London Is Inching Forward
Or isn’t it? Nearly five months after we checked in on the old fire station on Marylebone’s Chiltern Street that hotelier Andre Balazs supposedly is turning into a Mercer hotel, our shots from this past weekend and from February would make good material for a game of ‘spot the difference’. And we’d probably fail that game.
Walking up to the hotel, we were disappointed the huge black façade-covering scaffolding was still there; based on the permits displayed earlier this year, we had hoped it would have been taken down by now. Whether that means the work has been delayed or not, we’ll leave open for the moment, but we certainly would have hoped to see some clearer progress if an opening this year is something we’re meant to buy.
The fire station back in February
While there’s no vouching for the amazingness that is happening on the inside, the main difference with our first look a year ago is still the multi-story addition between the main building and the smaller structure across the courtyard. Contractor Knight Harwood – where we stumbled upon renderings last year, now long gone – now has some additional construction shots, including one from the roof. It still mentions the tiny number of 26 luxury suites, the preservation of historic elements, and that the project includes “new basements”.
We’ll keep our eye on what’s happening in Chiltern Street, hoping that AB’s London project won’t make it onto our list of hotel delays.
[Photos: JasonD for HotelChatter]