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The Lanesborough London Opens Reservations from July 1

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  Site Where: Hyde Park Corner, London, United Kingdom
April 17, 2015 at 9:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just shy of two years, that’s how long it will take between hearing about The Lanesborough London’s renovation plans (that was in August 2013) and seeing their result: reservations at the Hyde Park Corner hotel are open from July 1.

That isn’t to say that the official opening date will be July 1 though, as the hotel isn’t committing to that yet – who knows, it may be earlier. As always, with live reservations come a few more details, like room types among the total of 50 rooms and 43 suites. The 50 rooms are split between Deluxe and Executive; a Queen bed in either category gives you a shower and single vanity, while a King comes with shower, bath, and double vanity. Above a rendering of a Deluxe Room (we’re still a step away from actual photography); matching patterns between headboard / bedspread / curtains / chair / armchair / bench makes us a little nervous, but we’re hoping Alberto Pinto’s eye ensures it will work in real life. A Deluxe Room starts from £575 ($860) a night, but the first weekend of July seems to come at a premium, with rates starting at £750 ($1,050) a night.

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Inside The Executive Lounge at The Conrad St. James in London

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  Site Where: 22-28 Broadway, London, United Kingdom
April 16, 2015 at 6:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

Over on Jaunted, you can get our inside looks at some of the world’s best airline lounges, so we thought we’d do something similar here and start talking about some of the hotel lounges we’ve frequented for our series on Hotel Club Lounges. Today, we're having a look inside the Executive Club Lounge at the Conrad St James in London.

GUESS THE HOTEL REVEALED!

Last week, we checked into the Conrad St. James Hotel in London, in the heart of Westminster, close to Buckingham Palace and next door to the Scotland Yard, hence the fingerprints on the carpeting.

This hotel originally opened in 2012 as an InterContinental but Conrad Hotels, Hilton's luxury brand, took over management in September 2014.

Because the hotel is still rather new, not much has changed in the guest rooms since HotelChatter last looked at them in December 2012. (The cheeky Do Not Disturb signs, which depicted parliament snoozing, have been replaced.)

The beds are incredibly comfortable, there are showers and separate bathtubs in all rooms, free WiFi, a comprehensive plug panel at the desk and complimentary Nespresso coffee. We especially liked the futuristic screen that housed the TV. It looked like a giant tablet but the TV screen inside was normal-sized.

In short, the hotel checks off every box when you are looking for a modern luxury hotel--it's central (The St. James' tube stop is across the street), it's comfortable (we laid in bed for an entire day, not kidding), and there are several restaurant and bar options on-site (such as the Blue Boar Bar where they will celebrate Royal Baby #2 with free bubbly. But what puts Conrad over the top here is their Executive Lounge.

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It's Time for a Staycation, Park Plaza Tells the UK

April 16, 2015 at 8:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

The view from Park Plaza Westminster Bridge

Summer. Remember that? You will if you’re in the UK right now, because it’s basking in heat, sunlight, all that good stuff that you normally wouldn’t expect ever till August.

Now is the perfect time to take a staycation, but UK hotels are notoriously expensive. Step forward Park Plaza, which has produced a 30 percent discount code for their UK hotels.

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A Taste of England in Dubai as DUKES Announces its First International Outpost

April 14, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Discreet English manners. A shoe-polishing service. Fine afternoon teas. Not the kind of thing we expect from Dubai.

So prepare to have your expectations blown asunder with the news that DUKES, one of the most quintessentially staid London hotels, is coming to Dubai.

February 2016 is the day that the world will change its axis and the DUKES Dubai will open on the “trunk” of the Palm Jumeirah. It’ll be a five star property with attached “residences”, or villas, in Dukes Oceana which are already up for sale from today.

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The Nadler Will Move In Next to the Queen Later This Year

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  Site Where: 10 Palace Place, London, United Kingdom, SW1E 5BW
April 13, 2015 at 10:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

We liked The Nadler Soho so much we picked it as one of our HotelChatter-approved options for London's Soho ‘hood so we’re pleased to hear the affordable (though, rates in Soho can sometimes be alarmingly high – don’t forget your ethos, budget-chic options) brand is adding a third hotel in the city: The Nadler Victoria.

A group with more pretension would have called it The Nadler St. James seeing that its address is Palace Place, literally around the corner from Buckingham Palace. Above is what you’ll find today: lots of scaffolding mostly, but the signs noting the arrival of the 73-room hotel are up.

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Toast the Royal Baby with Free Champagne at the Conrad London St James

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  Site Where: 22-28 Broadway, London, United Kingdom, SW1H 0BH
April 10, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Forget the beer, you'll be having the bubbly

Half of London (and all of America) seems to be on Royal Baby Alert currently, with mini Middleton #2 due in the second half of April. “I don’t care,” you may say. “What has the royal baby ever done for me?”

Well, nothing yet. But that may be about to change. Because if you’re in London the day it is born, it may just earn you a free glass of champagne.

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Claridge's Has Your Ticket to Savage Beauty

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  Site Where: Brook Street, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom, W1K 4HR
April 7, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Whether before in New York, or now in London, the arrival of Savage Beauty, the Alexander McQueen exhibit, has been hard to miss, both for its rave reviews and the impossibility of getting tickets. The retrospective opened on March 14 at the Victoria & Albert Museum in South Kensington, and while “tickets still available” is listed on the website (in all caps, for that matter), as we write this we cannot even get the “buy online” page to load.

The answer to getting inside in the near future may involve a stay in a hotel, one where McQueen spent a lot of his time: Claridge’s. From now until May 17, the hotel has a “Savage Beauty at Claridge’s” package available, which gets you an overnight stay at the hotel and tickets to the exhibit. When you check in, there will be a bottle of champagne waiting for you, as well as a copy of the specially commissioned book “Alexander McQueen”.

Savage Beauty is the largest McQueen retrospective to date, bringing together over 200 pieces of his work. If you’re going the Claridge’s route, you’re looking at a starting price from £560 ($835) a night. A full price ticket – if you can get hold of one – is £16 ($24) per adult. We’ll just hit refresh on the booking page yet again…

[Savage Beauty photo via Claridge's: Duck feather dress - The Horn of Plenty, A/W 2009-10 - Alexander McQueen. Butterfly headdress of hand-painted turkey feathers - La Dame Bleue,S/S 2008 - Philip Treacy for Alexander McQueen. Tulle and lace dress with veil and antlers - Widows of Culloden, A/W 2006–07- Alexander McQueen. Room photo: Claridge's]

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One Year On, Signature Suites at Shangri-La London Will Arrive on May 6

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  Site Where: 31 St. Thomas Street, London, United Kingdom, SE1 9QU
April 3, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Have a spare £10,000 ($15,000) lying around that you don’t know what to do with? Here’s an option for you: it’ll get you one night in the Shangri-La Suite at Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard in London.

Available from May 6 (yes, that is exactly a year since we took you inside on opening day), the Shangri-La Suite is one of three “final and most spectacular suites” of the hotel, the other two being the Westminster and London Suites. We talked about these way back when, with their completion at the time projected for fall last year, but here they finally are.

Above a rendering of the Shangri-La suite’s living room, which comes in at 188 sq m (2,023 sq ft) and comes with 180-degree views of the city from floor 39. Creams and golds dominate (or for the more refined: “champagne, citrine, and bronze), with all furniture custom designed for the suite. Access is through a private elevator, there is a 24-hour butler, and you will have a private chauffeur, too.

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The Langham London Celebrates 150 Years with a New Wing and Renovations

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  Site Where: 1c Portland Place, London, United Kingdom, W1B 1JA
April 1, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Nothing like a big anniversary to think about doing something new for the future, right? The Langham London is hitting the big 1-5-0 this year (the hotel opened in 1865), and as part of its celebration it’s not only a doing a round of renovations, it has revamped and renamed the former Club Wing into the Regent Wing.

The wing, with its own private entrance, has 43 Grand Executive Rooms, two Studio Suites, a Regent Suite, and a Wedgwood Suite. The Regent Suite goes up to four bedrooms, while the Wedgwood Suite of course has “artefacts and bespoke items of English heritage chinaware”. First impression is a lot of subdued light grey, a pop of purple in the two chairs and the headboard, and contrasting dark wood in the dressoir and desk.

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Bubbles & Cocktails in the Champagne Room at London's The Connaught

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  Site Where: Carlos Place, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom, W1K 2AL
March 27, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Right around this time last year, we saw first-hand what happens when two famous hotel bartenders spend a week mixing cocktails in the same London hotel bar: a double feature of Confessions of a Hotel Bartender and six specially-selected cocktails to drink your way through.

The bar at The Connaught, where all of this went down, was packed during Colin Field’s week long residence in Agostino Perrone’s home, but it almost always is. Luckily, there is now this: the Champagne Room at the Connaught Bar – a small, secluded drinking spot accessible either through an internal passageway from the main bar or through a set of heavy curtains off of a quiet corridor behind the lobby.

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Z Hotels Opens Early in Shoreditch, Adds Sixth London Hotel on Fleet Street

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  Site Where: 136-144 City Road, London, United Kingdom, EC1V 2RL
March 25, 2015 at 9:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

How about that: when we first learned about The Z Hotels heading out to Shoreditch (like everyone else), we thought the opening of its hotel in The Bower complex wouldn’t happen until second half of the year. Wrong – The Z Shoreditch opened on March 9.

But before we get to that, the budget-chic group is throwing a sixth London hotel in the mix on Fleet Street, right across from the Royal Courts of Justice. That will be the building above, a former office that will have 110 rooms between the lower ground, ground, and three upper floors. Behind the hotel is a beautiful courtyard with the Temple Church, built by the Knights Templar and famous from the Dan Brown novel. A few more shots below.

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More Private Member Club Hotel Rooms at The Arts Club London [Updated]

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  Site Where: 40 Dover Street, London, United Kingdom, W1S 4NP
March 24, 2015 at 9:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

First The Hospital, now The Arts. London has its share of private members clubs, and here is the second one this year that is not just adding hotel rooms to its facilities, but allowing non-members to stay the night, too. [UPDATE: Turns out, our understanding of how the hotel rooms at The Arts Club are going to work, along with what is reported elsewhere, was not correct. Speaking again to the reps of The Arts Club, hotel rooms will only be available to members or guests of members. So if you want to check into The Arts Club, better sign up for membership or start cultivating an inside contact...

The Arts Club on Dover Street (just off of Piccadilly in Mayfair, a minute walk from Green Park) will be adding 16 rooms and suites by the summer. Guests will have access to all of the Club’s facilities, which includes three restaurants, a garden, and a nightclub. In contrast to The Hospital Club (further east just around the corner from Covent Garden), the rooms here will be much bigger, with suites going up to over 1,000 square feet.

Above a rendering of one of the rooms: high-gloss hardwood floors, some subtle greys and blues, and a touch of Art Deco to its design. Its feel reminds us a little of what we’ve seen at The Beaumont, don’t you think?

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