Andre Balazs' Chiltern Street Hotel Is Nearing Completion
At the very least, the exterior of Andre’s fire station-turned-hotel seems to be coming along nicely, and if we’re to believe the talked-about March opening, it better be. All scaffolding is now gone, and we can see how the three fire engine doors have been replaced – in fact, it looks pretty close to the above rendering, which can be found on a website of Chiltern Street itself, of all places.
Way back when we thought that (one of) those fire engine doors would become the hotel’s front entrance, but based on what we saw we guess arriving at the hotel will happen through the courtyard.
We are also going to go out on a limb and say it will be called the Chiltern Street Hotel, since it’s been whispered that this will be an individually-branded hotel and a notice next to one of the doors related to planning permissions named it so.
We love that the words “fire brigade station” are being kept, and that a red fire lantern has been added to the right – it makes us wonder whether a multi-story pole inside (assuming there was one) will have been preserved too.
Red were also a few benches we saw in the courtyard, which will have some greenery based on the bare winter shrubs we saw poking out above the fence. While there will be only 26 suites inside, there will be a number of different food & beverage outlets, potentially extending into neighboring buildings that we hear have also been acquired as part of the deal – but we’ll have to wait for that be confirmed as being true.
The Andre Balazs’ website remains infuriatingly devoid of details on Chiltern Street, so stay tuned as we hunt for more information.
[Rendering: Chiltern Street website, Photos: JasonD for HotelChatter]