Taj Hotels Turns Crowne Plaza Into St. James' Court Hotel London
January 7, 2014 at 9:01 AM
Looks like Indian group Taj Hotels is grabbing 2014 by the horns and using a new year to clean up an old oddity in its London portfolio. For years it has owned two hotels on Buckingham Gate: 51 Buckingham Gate, with its Jaguar and Cinema Suites, and the Crowne Plaza St. James next door. Yes, that is Crowne Plaza as in the InterContinental Hotels Group brand.
Together, the two hotels occupy parts of eight six-story houses from the late 1800s: King’s, Queen’s, Prior’s, Falconer’s, Minister’s, Almoner’s, Duke’s, and Regent’s House, surrounding a shared courtyard. While the hotels will remain separate, the Crowne Plaza name is officially disappearing from the doors as of this week, with the hotel being reflagged as The St. James’ Court, A Taj Hotel.
The new St James’ Court website talks about a total of 338 rooms and suites, two less than previously under Crowne Plaza. Why there would be two less we’re not exactly sure, but it doesn’t seem any major renovations of changes are planned as part of the transition. Accommodations range from a Classic Single to an Executive Master Suite.
The hotel has three restaurants, including Quilon, which has a Michelin star for its “South West Coastal Indian Cuisine”.
Taj 51 Buckingham Gate has just 86 suites and residences, among which are the riotously decorated Cinema Suite (above) and a Presidential Suite that can extend up to 3,500 square feet.
A Queen Room at the St. James’ Court starts at a surprisingly affordable £119 ($195) on a Saturday later this month, with a Junior Suite at 51 Buckingham Gate from £300 ($492).
[Photos & Rendering: Taj Hotels]