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The week that Mondrian at Sea Containers will make its official London debut (in fact, opening is today, so stay tuned for the lowdown on that), some interesting news has come out on what was to be its sibling, Hudson London, on Great Scotland Yard, not even fifteen minutes’ walk across the river.
Earlier this year, following a lot of drama at Morgans Hotel Group, the Hudson listing disappeared from the group’s website, replaced with silence about the fate of the former Scotland Yard headquarters. The Telegraph reports that British chain (though now US-owned) Malmaison is set to purchase the building for around £200 million.
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We can only hope the recent layoffs at Morgans Hotel Group will turn the ship towards calmer waters and sunnier shores, because there are still a few properties in the pipeline that we want to see being completed.
In London at least that seems to be a bit of a question mark, because all reference to the Hudson London – planned in an Edwardian building on Great Scotland Yard formerly used by the Ministry of Defense – has been removed from the group’s website.
For now, the Mondrian London continues to progress towards opening sometime this summer (we hope), having just received its new “Sea Containers” sign (the name of the building) and its new trademark blue lighting. The first three floors of guestrooms in the middle of the building look to have river-facing balconies.
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We might have talked about Morgans Hotel Group most recently given the drama surrounding The Delano South Beach, but on the other side of the pond there’s positive news to share: some first details on both Mondrian and Hudson London.
Having looked at some early shots of Sea Containers House as it began its transformation, and watched its Jubilee-inspired wrapping, we see construction progressing week after week, which should lead to Mondrian London opening early next year.
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Guess who got to take a peek at Hudson Hotel's new rooms? And boy did we photograph the crap out of them.
As many of you already know, the Hudson's recent renovations have been a long, long time coming. In fact, the hotel—which is housed inside a former YWCA and contains a staggering 836 rooms—hadn't really been worked on at all since opening in 2000. And yet with room sizes being what they are (small), and room rates being what they are (disproportionately high), it kind of goes without saying that the hotel's main asset is its Philippe Starck design.
Now, with re-installed Brazilian Cherry wood floors and wall paneling, new lighting, additional storage space under the beds, and Prada-inspired furniture, the space has finally gotten the refresh it deserved. The resulting look? Click through our photo gallery to see for yourself!
Not long after announcing that it was taking the Hudson Hotel to London, Morgans Hotel Group has finalized the exact location of the boutique hotel--in Great Scotland Yard inside a 102-year-old Edwardian building that once house the Ministry of Defense.
The hotel will have 234-rooms as well as a restaurant on the ground floor, a 40-seat library lounge and "flexible" boardroom space. And being so close to Westminster, Buckingham Palace and Big Ben, the hotel will surely do well amongst the tourist set.
Much like Hudson New York, Hudson London is putting an emphasis on the public spaces but we're still hoping they can up the room size a bit. After all, why go through all this trouble of expanding the brand, only to disappoint upstairs with coffin rooms?
The property won't open until 2015 but Morgans' other hotel brand, The Mondrian, will open at Sea Containers House in early 2014.
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In the middle of an afternoon spent watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians re-runs (don't judge), we came across an announcement from our dear friends at Morgans Hotel Group, declaring that New York's Hudson Hotel is not only about to get a much-needed facelift (okay, we already knew that part), but that the entire Hudson brand is about to be exported to London, for a new 200-room hotel set to open in 2015.
Our first reaction to this was...'Huh?' After all, the debut of Mondrian in London was hyped up quite a bit, so we figured their focus would stay there for a while. Not to mention Morgans' Delano projects in Las Vegas and Dubai, both of which fell through.
So now they want us to get excited about a Hudson in London. Well, slap us silly and call us Susan.