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London doesn’t have as many hotel rooftops as, say, New York, but the Marriott Park Lane is adding one to the short list of options – if only for this summer. Called Roofnic (and inspired by the idea of picnicking on the roof), the rooftop has taken over a formerly disused space at the hotel on the corner of Park Lane and Oxford Street.
The 100-seat pop-up is the result of an internal competition among hotel employees on what to do with the space. It’s first-come, first-serve and will run every day 10am-10pm until September, when a winter alternative should arrive. Meanwhile, remember that GM getting hands-on with the hotel’s renovations? They’re being wrapped up this month – a few renderings below.
Another week, another cultural hotel event. This time it’s The Stafford London, which is going down the literary route with The Stafford Saturday Salons – monthly “literary afternoon tea events”, to which authors will come along to discuss their latest works.
The events will be compered by London journalist Liz Hoggard, who’ll host an author Q&A, and then there will be the opportunity to buy signed copies of the books in question.
We’ve talked about London’s posh Sloane Square and its surrounding streets for their ability to bring on an acute case of real estate envy. Largely residential as the area may be, there are two new hotels arriving next year – one a rebirth, one a fresh arrival: Belmond Cadogan and Hôtel Costes. We strolled down Sloane Street and across the square to see where both are at.
Starting with Belmond Cadogan, it was only a few months after Orient-Express became Belmond that they announced the $48 million renovation – and full closure – of The Cadogan. We hate to start with some bad news, but if that summer 2016 reopening is happening, things better get going over on Sloane Street. Closed since last summer, the building is certainly empty, but it felt rather dormant to us.
W Hotels is already implementing their keyless entry technology which lets guests open the guest room doors using their smartphones, and their watches. But at the W London--Leicester Square technology has now invaded the hotel uniforms.
Staffers at the hotel's nightclub, Wyld, are now wearing these super cool Glofaster uniforms featuring LED technology that pulses to the beat of the club's music. (The hotel also changes its exterior colors on a whim too.)They were designed by Britain's rising fashion designer, Claire Barrow. Here's a bit more on what these uniforms are like:
[Barrow's] creations for Wyld feature reactive strip lighting, made by Glofaster, within a W screen-printed design that was influenced by the club’s glowing red neon lights. Both male and female uniforms also boast Barrow’s signature embroidered motifs, with designs that take inspiration from Wyld’s renowned oversized disco ball and London’s vibrant night scene. The bespoke garments combine Barrow’s chic ‘Do It Yourself’ approach to design with Wyld’s rock and roll aesthetic.
You can see these uniforms in action at Wyld from 10pm on Wednesday-Sunday. Rooms at the W currently start about 340 GBP next weekend.
[Photo: W London]
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Summer is fast approaching and if you're looking for a truly affordable hotel in Europe that doesn't involve surly front staff, decor from the 70s, walking up 10 flights of stairs, or a PC from the 90s that qualifies as the "business center", then you should check out Generator.
This hip hybrid brand of hostel and hotel rooms has opened properties in Barcelona, Dublin, Copenhagen, Venice and Berlin, all at seriously reasonable prices with shared rooms as low as 15 Euros. Even their two newest properties in the world's most expensive cities--London and Paris--are still wildly affordable thanks to a new 20 percent off promotion.
From now through August 31, Generator London (near King's Cross) and Generator Paris (in the 10th Arrondissement) are offering 20 percent off their rooms which range from dorm-style with en-suite bathrooms to private rooms with private balconies. Both properties have 24-lounge, cafes and nightlife venues. And of course, there is free WiFi here. (You can peep the inside of Generator London here.)
To book, select your dates and check the "Pay Now and Save" option. Rates for the private rooms in London were going for 53GBP in mid-June, while private rooms in Paris were at 67 Euros.
Not heading to Europe this summer? That's ok as more Generators are expected to generate within the next two years in Rome and Amsterdam as well as Miami and LA.
Progress, we called it, when The Zetter Townhouse Marylebone got its website back in March, about a year after we first walked down Seymour Street to take pictures of the third Zetter hotel. It had us hopeful for a Spring opening, but alas: it will be summer – perhaps August – before the hotel opens.
Renovation of the double Georgian townhouse is advancing, with the front façade free of scaffolding. The biggest change is visible from Quebec Mews behind the hotel (below).
The hotel will have 21 rooms, 2 studio suites, and that rooftop apartment with terrace and outdoor roll top bath. Rates will start from £258 ($405) a night, with entry-level rooms being described as “compact”. That’s maybe a little more than we were hoping for, but in line with those over in Clerkenwell. We’ll report back when we have more details on square footage, amenities, and the like.
[Photos: JasonD for HotelChatter]
You know already that there are so many new hotels heading to Shoreditch, London’s hipster haven (or is that Dalston now?). Only a matter of time then before someone would try and capture that Shoreditch coolness and take it somewhere else: Stratford, for instance.
That is what a just-approved hotel scheme called The Penny Brook wants to achieve: bringing “a flavour of Shoreditch to Stratford” (Stratford East London, rather than Stratford-upon-Avon, btw). We don’t have to tell you what’s next in the press release: “We will seek to appeal to Millennials who embrace the ‘anti-brand’ experience”. Oh, those darn millennials.
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An all-party cocktail coalition
Royal Baby fever is over in the UK; it’s the General Election today, the most confusing and closely contested political battle in recent history. If you have any about being told how to vote (possibly more irritating: the “I don’t care who you vote for, just vote!!!” martyrs), we suggest you stay off Facebook today, and make instead for the Conrad London St James, where the Blue Boar bar (yes, the one that just gave champagne away in a fit of #royalbabyfever) is mixing up political cocktails all night long.
The Blue Boar is, of course, a popular bar with MPs, what with being right around the corner from the Houses of Parliament. Luckily, they’ll all be in their constituencies tonight, so it’s safe to go down for the election party.
It had to happen at some point. Having opened his much-anticipated Chiltern Firehouse in London, Andre Balazs seemed intent on keeping its website a blank landing page with a telephone number and email address; whether you wanted to have dinner or spend the night, calling or emailing and hoping to get a response was your only option, unless you had insider access. Even when we finally saw one of the suites, we had all of one photo that we could share from inside the Marylebone firehouse.
Not anymore. We’re not sure exactly when this happened, but there are now plenty of photos on the website, along with – wait for it – the ability to book a room. Yourself. Online. How novel! We suppose the desire/need to fill those rooms night after night, summer or winter, won out in the end.
Above a photo of the Loft Suite that we saw back in October last year, which we described as “Chateau Marmont, with a touch of vintage and a lived-in feel”. You can see the blue/grey banquets running along the wall and just a corner of the rust-colored, chintz-covered, fringe-bottomed armchairs we referred to.
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Could there be a more attractive phrase than “complimentary gin bar”? Possibly – but in lieu of “hunky private footman”, in-room gin bar will have to do.
The amenity is the idea of Flemings (no apostrophe), the redoubtable, family-owned Mayfair hotel that, until now, has paired super-stylish public areas with slightly less inspiring rooms. But that’s all set to change with a £14m refurbishment, designed to rejuvenate the 129 bedrooms and add a tea lounge, bar and restaurant helmed by a Michelin-starred chef.
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It’s not enough to provide a decent hotel room these days; you’ve got to give an “experience” as well. Recently we’ve seen unforgettable service, a house jet instead of a house car and excursions from private dinners on the Ponte Vecchio to naming your own star.
Now it’s the Landmark London’s turn to take “experience” literally with five Landmark London Experiences.
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Forget free champagne; here’s the real corker of a way to celebrate a #royalbaby.
Just in time for the arrival of mini Middleton, the Goring – which is swiftly becoming Kate’s favorite hotel – has introduced some footmen. And not any old footmen, either; an entire fleet of footmen, dressed in scarlet tails and gold-edged waistcoats. Five footmen – one for each of the hotel’s suites. Their job? To minister to your every need and cater to your every whim.