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We may have had to scrap it from our list of 2013 openings (it’ll be mid next year probably), but at least Firmdale Hotels’ future flagship in London is making some good progress. Construction has been going on for nearly three years now, and we can just about start to make out how the hotel is coming together.
Like a missing piece of the city’s puzzle, the building twists and turns on an irregularly-shaped plot right behind Piccadilly Circus that was vacant for four decades. Looking at the site from Great Windmill Street, we suspect there will be a (partial) pedestrian zone (above) cutting through to Sherwood Street, very nearly joining the one between Café Royal and Whole Foods.
How much do you love the Dorchester Hotel in London? So much so that you would spend 125 GBP (or $200 US) on a special handmade mohair teddy bear dressed up as a Dorchester hotel chef? Or perhaps you fancy the doorman version instead? (It's also slightly cheaper at $145 US.)
Price tag aside, we're suckers for these little teddy bears. Maybe it's because their little uniforms are exact replicas of the staff uniforms. Or maybe it's because the hotel has only made 500 of these, making them limited-edition bears. Beside it totally beats another boring hotel candle.
Now if only they could make a teddy bear that exactly resembled HotelChatter's Hottest Chef in the World....
[Photo: Dorchester Hotel Shop]
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The next time you’re checking into The Dorchester and they ask you to state your name, you could just say, “Bond. James Bond.”
With the release of William Boyd’s new 007 novel, Solo, a few short weeks back, you can—quite literally—insert yourself in the story at The Dorchester. The London hotel is the setting for the opening scene of Boyd’s new Bond book, in which 007 is described as treating himself to a 45th birthday breakfast in 1969. In the book, Bond’s breakfast at The Dorchester consists of “four eggs, scrambled with pepper sprinkled on top, half a dozen rashers of unsmoked bacon, well done, on the side and a long draught of strong black coffee.”
If you order Bond’s birthday breakfast, the hotel will help set the scene by offering you an iPod loaded with hits from the 60s, giving you an extract from a national newspaper and the menu from 1969, and serving your breakfast silver service-style in keeping with the 60s. Once a week, a table will be chosen at random to be charged The Grill's 1969 price, a sum just short of £2 ($2.70).
Another day, another London hotel under construction. This time, it is the first hotel venture of Corbin and King, the restaurateur duo behind high profile names such as The Wolseley (a draw for classic high tea, right on Piccadilly) and The Delaunay. Next year, they will open The Beaumont Mayfair in a 1926 structure that was originally designed as a parking garage, just south of Bond Street.
Looking at the hotel from Brown Hart Gardens (the glass structure with the inverted V-shape roof is a small café, the Dome behind it is also not part of the hotel), there is not much to see currently. Despite what the words ‘parking garage’ perhaps suggest, behind that scaffolding is a Grade-II listed Art Deco exterior, which will be fully restored. Even more interestingly, above the south wing of the building (on the left in the picture) will be an “inhabitable sculpture” by Anthony Gormley, which will form part of one of the hotel’s suites.
Almost to the day three years ago did we scout Marylebone’s Chiltern Street based on the juicy gossip that André Balazs had set his sights on an abandoned fire station as the location for his new London hotel. Three years ago! Where does the time go?
On the long and winding road to today, we stumbled upon some delicious renderings of the interior (which didn’t last long on the contractor’s website), learned that it would possibly be a Mercer Hotel Andre was planning here, saw a multistory extension going up at the back of the courtyard, and wondered out loud what progress was being made over the summer. A 2013 opening was always part of the plan, but in case you hadn’t noticed, Christmas is barely two months away. So will we still get inside this year?
Remember when we told you that a new London hotel would open with rooms under $100 (£59) a night? Between December 15 and March 15, even better value is to be had, with five rooms every day at Qbic London City available at the magic £1 rate.
All proceeds will go to a good cause, only a small part of a charitable ethos that runs throughout the hotel. We sat down with Qbic’s CEO and founder to find out more about the brand and have a chance to see what exactly a ‘Cubi’, which integrates both bed and bathroom, is. Think of it as high-quality flat-pack furniture, which has allowed Qbic to turn this former office building into an operating hotel in six months.
Two months have flown by since we stopped by Rosewood London in August to get a first impression of what was to come for the 1914 Edwardian Belle Epoque building on High Holborn, and here we are: the hotel is now officially open (on time! It can be done after all).
Having spent an evening exploring the public spaces, from arrival in the dramatically-lit courtyard and the stunning rose-bronze entrance gallery to the book-filled, library-feel Bar and elegant Mirror Room, we are seriously impressed with how that $130 million was spent. It’s a tasteful, luxurious, and, most of all, interesting mix of design, furniture, fabrics, colors, and art that really worked for us. Read on for more.
Once upon a time
in a land far, far, away in London, there was a beautiful castle hotel being built high up in the sky amongst the clouds at the top of a very tall giant building called, The Shard. And the castle hotel on a cloud was given the name, Shangri-La London at The Shard.
castle hotel was meant to be open to everyone in the land and beyond by the time the great gladiators Summer Olympics came into town in 2012. But that didn't happen. Yet the hotel kept building and a new date of June 2013 was given. Then another new opening date of September 2013 was given. And then mysteriously, there was no new opening date to be found.
the people us very worried. Then behold, a super secret messenger arrived at our door inbox with a mysterious note that said, The hotel will not open for quite some time. The fairytale has turned into quite a bit of a nightmare.
Ditching the Grimm-speak for a bit, we've learned that The Shangri-la had some serious issues with their builders and so they are starting anew with a different group of builders. We're not quite sure if this means ripping out existing construction and starting fresh or just having them finish up the job to Shangri-La's expectations. (We suspect it's the former.)
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The Royal Horseguards Hotel, on the River Thames
Think the luxury hotel market is crowded enough already? Not so, according to glh. (Global Hotel Company), which is planning to show all the big, established names out there how it is done with a brand new series of luxury hotels: Clermont Hotels.
They will start in one of the hottest markets there is – London – by transforming the Royal Horseguards Hotel into Clermont London, and have Singapore and Kuala Lumpur in the works. That’s just the start in an expansion to 30 properties over the next decade. And there is even more: glh. will be announcing two additional hotel brands in the near future. Feel as overwhelmed as we do? We’ll talk you through how this all came about.
London’s busy Cromwell Road – one of the main arteries in the city’s southwest and a key route to and from Heathrow airport – isn’t known for its stylish hotels, dominated as it is by ho-hum options and, to use Ace terminology, an "aesthetically challenged" Holiday Inn and Marriott.
One new hotel that is aiming to shift that perception is Hotel Xenia, which opened with 99 bedrooms this summer, about midway between Gloucester Road and Earl’s Court tube stations. We stopped by to find out what you can expect inside, from cashmere blankets to free WiFi and bedside tablets to a restaurant focused on healthy eating.
The Lanesborough now has a closing date for its massive renovations--December 20th.
As we reported in August, the luxury hotel is to go under the knife for extensive renovations. While we had hoped the hotel would stay open during the renovation and keep the disturbance to guests to a minimum, it looks like they've decided to close up shop while they work behind the scenes. We've been told by sources that the hotel will be closed for about a year. So that means it should reopen just in time for the 2014 holiday season. We're still working on getting more info on who is doing the job and what the final result may look like but when we have it, we'll get it to you.
Looking on the hotel's website, we see that reservations past December 20th are a no-go. You can, however, reserve a room for December 19th for £495 a night, which is nearly $800 US. Then again, it's your last chance to stay at the Lanesborough in its current condition.
And don't fret, while the hotel is closed, the Lanesborough's butler's heart, er service tips, will go on.
There is an additional reason to make it over to the top floor of London’s The Berkeley Hotel these days. Yes, there is the rare rooftop pool (synchronized swimming anyone?) and quiet courtyard garden (for winter cinemas), but now also a brand new Bamford Haybarn Spa.
We swung by to see how the original Cotswolds health retreat translates to a central London location and liked a lot of what we saw. This isn’t a glitz-filled space with marble and gold everywhere that you may expect in many of the city’s high-end spas. Broad wooden planks painted white and grey tones line the walls, with potted lavender bringing bright pops of green and purple. Products are from the Bamford Body Collection, with skincare by British company Oskia. Options range from individual treatments (say, a 55-minute de-stress massage at £100/$160) to a full-day spa experience, including five treatments, lunch, and a gift certificate, at £570/$920 (a figure that does make us gulp a bit).