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If you're looking for a hotel with a history for your next visit to London, how about a site where the Jack the Ripper investigations took place?
3-5 Great Scotland Yard is the famous address that housed the Metropolitan Police's first headquarters (from 1829 until 1890), was rebuilt in an Edwardian style in 1910 and is now being turned into a luxury hotel, expected to open in early 2015.
While recent reports say that "the hotel is expected to operate as either Mercer London, Chateau Marmont London or equivalent Hollywood level brand," it is actually, as we reported back in May, the site of the new Hudson London
The world is officially in "Countdown to Christmas" mode and now, so are we. Every day until Christmas we'll be featuring a hotel that's in a holiday mood--whether it be with gigantic gingerbread houses, over-the-top Christmas decorations, thrilling lighting displays and best of all, Santa appearances. But of course, any hotel can assemble a fake tree, put on some lights and declare themselves "festive." Which is why we're looking at hotels that are really going ALL OUT. Know of a hotel that's super excited for Christmas? Let us know!
Last week, Brown’s Hotel in London unveiled this Christmas tree, created in partnership with legendary British accessories fashion designer, Lulu Guinness. As you'd expect it's a very stylish festive ensemble. Atop the tree you'll find no run-of-mill angel but Guinness' trademark ruby-red pouting lips. The hotel is certainly in the Christmas spirit, offering guests who stay during December the chance to win a two-night stay at the hotel and £250 to spend on a Lulu Guinness handbag.
Throughout the holiday period, The Spa at Brown’s Hotel will also be offering a MERRY BERRY manicure and pedicure using Claté products and festive ingredients such as orange, clove, juniper berry and cinnamon. The treatments are available now through February 1, 2014.
It's the most special time of year: the unveiling of Claridge's Christmas tree!
Celebrated fashion designers, (and longtime Claridge’s guests), Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, revealed their stylish tree at the luxury London hotel on November 20. The tree features classic elements of a traditional Christmas tree, reinterpreted with a glamorous Sicilian twist -- hand-crafted Sicilian puppets, known as ‘pupi,’ hand-painted Italian glass baubles, and multi-colored "luminarie" framework created in Southern Italy.
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When a floating Titanic-themed three-bedroom hotel opened in Liverpool earlier this year, people complained that the idea was in poor taste. With that misstep still fresh in Liverpudlian minds, Signature Living had better tread carefully in their new project to develop the old White Star Line headquarters into a hotel.
Albion House, the 19th-century building that was the home of the White Star Line in 1912 when the shipping line's Titanic sank, has stood empty for decades but was recently acquired by the development company. Signature Living began work this month and (optimistically) hope to have the first part of the 350-room hotel and apartment building named The Titanic open by April.
The luxury Jumeirah Carlton Tower (which, by the way, was just named England’s Leading Business Hotel at the World Travel Awards) and boutique Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel, both in London's spiffy Knightsbridge district, have announced that their services will be upgraded to include an iPad in each room.
It's been a while since we last checked in on The Gainsborough Bath Spa in the English city of Bath, which will be the only hotel in the United Kingdom to have direct access to natural thermal waters.
The 99-room hotel is now close to the finishing stages of development and has a projected opening date of spring 2014. It has joined the YTL Hotel portfolio, a luxury hotel group that also claims the Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur and the Pangkor Laut Resort, both in Malaysia. The Gainsborough will be the first Classic Hotel in the UK for the group.
Looks like England's on a roll with these creatively re-purposed hotels. After news about the Admiralty Arch being turned into a 100-room hotel smack in the center of London, the Daily Mail is reporting that the Wood Norton house in Evesham, Worcestershire is getting another go around as a hotel.
A little background: the property, which was built in 1897, originally functioned as a hunting lodge for European royalty like Prince Philippe, Duke of Orleans. Then, in 1939, it was bought by the BBC, who used it as an emergency broadcasting center (or, we should say, centre) during World War II, and remained there for over 60 years (episodes of "Doctor Who" were filmed here).
But the BBC has finally moved out, and after a £4 million renovation, the Victorian house is set to reopen as a 50-room luxury hotel, complete with five suites, a farm-to-table restaurant, a swanky pewter bar, and sprawling grounds.
Though, unlike another English countryside manor we know, you won't find any treehouses here.
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And this one's a goodie. Described by the Daily Mail as an "eccentric businessman," UK-based Alfie Bubbles has purchased an old narrowboat and transformed it into a psychedelic, fully-functional 3-bedroom hotel that's inspired by, and remains faithful to, the Beatles' original yellow submarine.
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A new hotel in the UK has found a way to take all the interactive hotel tech stuff we've come to love (and expect), and use it for more kid-friendly purposes. So nevermind boring grown-up things like room service, e-concierges, and controlling the TV from your iPhone: the Wave Hotel in Bognor Regis is all about games, gadgetry, and fun.
Shaped like a cruise ship, and with plenty of ocean views, the 215-room Wave offers a Kindle library, a games room outfitted with iMacs, Wii consoles and PS3s, 3-D-augmented walls, iPod docking stations and individual TV screens at the foot of each bed.
Oh, and the WiFi is free.
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With just over 200 days left until the 2012 Olympics in London, preparations for the Games have officially shifted into hyperdrive. The city anticipates the arrival of 25,000 athletes and a flood of tourists, and local hotels are bracing themselves for the inundation.
But even hotels in surrounding cities are fretting over the Olympics, albeit for a different reason. Quieter counties that typically attract scenic scenery-seeking out-of-towners during summertime fear that seasonal regulars will be "put off" by the Games. No doubt they, much like native Londoners, will find themselves overcome by the urge to retreat in the face of buzzy tourists. (Watch out, they're armed with fanny packs.)
A derelict police station doesn't strike us as the most mood setting or lavish of atmospheres, but a Bristol, England-based hospitality group is hoping lend an upmarket touch to one such building in Wigan, located in Greater Manchester.
A local paper reports that the concrete complex, built in the 1970s and abandoned for about a decade, will soon be turned into a 60-bed hotel with the help of Sanguine Hospitality. Just how dire is the property? So frightful a sight that locals have nicknamed it the "Stazi" after the former East German state security headquarters.
A new five-star hotel will bring some friendly competition to the centuries-old Thermae Bath Spa, a naturally-occuring thermal spring which has been in use since the 8th century BC. The English city of Bath (named, appropriately, after its most distinctive feature) is planning a 98-room luxury spa hotel that will access the same hot springs as its world-famous neighbor, the Thermae Bath Spa.
According to This Is Bath, developers of this new property will drill a new borehole 75 meters below street level to access the base of Hetling Spring. Our only piece of advice: keep Steven Tyler away from the construction site; we know how he gets around slippery surfaces.