Andre Balazs Firestation: latest whispers we’ve heard is that Andre Balazs will introduce his Marylebone fire station in March, potentially even with food & beverage outlets before any of the 26 suites. Another whisper is that it won’t be a Mercer at all, but rather an individually-branded hotel. Needless to say, we are on the edge of our seat with this one.
The Beaumont Mayfair: restaurateur duo Corbin & King will branch out into the hotel world with The Beaumont Mayfair, re-purposed from a listed 1926 Art Deco parking garage (who knew there was such a thing?). There will be 73 rooms and suites, as well as an “inhabitable sculpture”.
The Mondrian: Morgans Hotel Group is hoping to make a similar splash as back in the day with St. Martin’s Lane and Sanderson by introducing both the Mondrian and Hudson brands to London. The Mondrian, as we have documented over time, is taking a hold of Thames-facing Sea Containers House and should be arriving this year with 359 rooms, rooftop lounge and terrace, spa, and screening room.
Clermont London: not just a new hotel, but a whole new hotel brand, Clermont Hotels is aiming to make luxury stalwarts run for the hills by “changing the status quo”. That starts with transforming the current Royal Horseguards on Embankment into Clermont London in 2014. We recently had a drink at the hotel’s Equus Bar but so far see little sign of change in the hotel.
Shangri-La at the Shard: Ending with the proverbial elephant in the room, Shangri-La at the Shard will / should / whatever open during the first half of the year. Here’s hoping, especially after the hotel nabbed our award for worst hotel hype last year. Meanwhile, you can read up on room types – and views – here.
[Photos: JasonD for HotelChatter, Shangri-La Hotels, Rendering: Corbin & King]