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We’ve known that The Lanesborough London would be closing later this year to complete a top-to-bottom renovation, but now we finally have a tiny bit more information on what will happen when doors shut on December 20.
They will remain so until the fourth quarter next year – it wouldn’t surprise us if that means a planned return right before Christmas – and the designer responsible for the overhaul is the late Alberto Pinto, his final project before his passing last year. The hotel will keep its Regency style, but will bring in the requisite hotel technology updates to take it into the 21st century. No renderings or other visuals are available unfortunately to show you what that will look like.
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.
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In an age where you can remotely check-into a hotel with your smartphone and then use the in-room iPad to order breakfast from room service and tell housekeeping to change your towels, human interaction at hotels seems to be decreasing minute-by-minute every year. Often times, the only time we talk to a hotel employee is at check-in and, if something isn't working in the room.
But luxury hotels still put a premium on face-to-face interaction, thanks to their staff of well-trained concierges, front desk agents, bell men, housekeepers and more, who constantly check to make sure their guests have everything they need. And the uber-luxe hotels keep the constant contact going with their butler service, like the The Lanesborough Hotel in London, where a personal butler is automatically available to every guest who books a room. (The hotel was one of the first hotels to institute private butlers almost 25-years-ago.) Machines can do a lot but can they anticipate your needs like a real-live human butler? Not just yet.
To show how butlers can stay on top of their refined service game as we become increasingly dependent on machines, Daniel Jordaan, Head Butler of The Lanesborough, has shared his 10 Commandments List for hotel butlers.
These rules not only ensure that hotel guests' every need will be met but also offer some valuable insight for anyone working in the hospitality industry, in any position. No smartphone apps needed! We are especially big fans of #2, #3, and #6. (Actually, we're fans of all of them but these really stood out for us.)
Keep reading to see the full list of the 10 Commandments for Hotel Butlers
It's been a long time since The Lanesborough has seen patients coming through its doors (the classic 1827 structure used to be a hospital), but now the time has come for the hotel itself to go in for a little work. The London outpost of Starwood's St. Regis Hotels will begin extensive renovations sometime in spring next year, that much we've confirmed, but all else is still very hush-hush. No word on the exact scale, how long it will take, or who will oversee it.
We do have a sneaking suspicion The Lanesborough will pull a Ritz Paris (or Plaza Athenee. or Crillon) and close up shop completely for a while, as reservations beyond early next year do not seem to be possible through its website (the official word is that the hotel will make every effort to avoid any inconvenience to its guests during the renovation).
We will keep you posted as more details become available. Meanwhile, a Deluxe Room at The Lanesborough goes for £380 (about $590) a night this coming weekend if you're keen to sample it as it is today. Or there is always that spa package of course.
[Photo: St. Regis Hotels]
If you have ever found yourself wondering what it might be like to be treated like royalty for the day, we have come across a package, that if nothing else, comes pretty darn close. At least in the spa treatment and health department. Ladies, this one is most certainly for you, as the program is exclusively for those of the female persuasion.
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The other month we reported that Kanye West and a few other rappers were living it up at The Lanesborough. Little did we know that West's new main squeeze, Kim Kardashian—as well as the entire Keeping Up With The Kardashians film crew—would be following him there. And so quickly!
The Mirror reports that Kim has officially landed in London, and though Kim's hotel hasn't been confirmed, it is likely that the pair will be spending a significant amount of time at The Lanesborough, where West has booked an entire floor.
Knowing how much both Kim and Kanye love holing up for weeks at a time in the world's trendiest hotels, we shudder to think what their hotel-hopping powers combined might accomplish. A flour-bombed, hot-boxed, multifunctional naked yoga and recording studio? With any luck, yes.
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Rapper Kanye West must prefer hotels to mansions. After an extended stay at the Mercer Hotel last year, Kanye has ditched NYC for London and is now living at the swank Lanesborough Hotel where guest rooms and suites come with their very own butler.
Word is that Kanye is staying in one of the hotel's $5,000 a night suites along with fellow rappers Common, Pusha T and Big Sean. And it was Big Sean with the big mouth who told the UK's Sun newspaper that the group's loud music upset the royal family.
Kanye had rented out the top floor and we was banging that bitch out. Every room was a studio. The Royal Family below were complaining like, 'We got all this loud-ass rap music above us and weed smoke.' They paid all this money and you don't expect to get these kind of complaints.
First they put Mac Minis in every room, then they partnered up with fashion brand Herve Leger for tea, and now The Lanesborough has gone all out to create a £14,000 a night suite. Yes, that’s right. £14,000.
The suite will be one of the biggest in London at a whopping 4,000 square-foot. Although it doesn’t have anything on The Corinthia Hotel’s 5,059 square-foot Royal Suite, which will actually be the largest in London when it opens next weekeeek!
Earlier this year, we finally made one of out hotel high tea dreams come true when we sat down and forked over $132.58 for tea for two at the famous Apsley's inside The Lanesborough. It was everything we hoped it could be, but now the London hotel is taking their tea to a whole other level by throwing in some fashion.
On November 26, The Lanesborough is hosting their first fashion-infused champagne afternoon tea, with a runway show from Hervé Léger by Max Azria and a 15% discount on the clothes if you get hungry for more than just teacakes. If you're not aware of the Hervé Léger brand, you're already most likely familiar with it. Léger is a huge favorite of starlets because their bandage dresses do wonders for highlighting your best areas and smoothing out the rest. The dresses are usually all over gossip and fashion magazines, seeing as how everyone from Beyonce to Blake Lively have closets stocked with them.
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You think this picnic looks posh? You aint seen nothing yet
How often have you been lugging round various bags containing food, shopping and whatnot, and wished that you were rich/celebby enough to have someone to carry it for you?
Well now, for an hour or two, you can do that. The Lanesborough’s new Butler Picnic experience will treat you like a richy for one lunchtime only.
From now until August, you can have a consultation with a butler about what kind of food you want for your picnic, then set it up in Hyde Park, serve it, and deal with the mess after you’ve done your worst.
The best thing about business travel? How it only takes place midweek, leaving the swankster hotels to drop their prices at weekends. Like The Lanesborough, which is currently offering you a weekend in London for £255 ($414) a night – knocked down from £435.
Not only do you get a room with that, but the rate includes an in-room laptop, mobile phone to use inside the hotel, and 24-hour butler service. Book a facial (£85), and they’ll even throw in a free back massage.
The package has a minimum two night stay, and counts for Friday and Saturday arrivals until the end of August. Cos September’s when the business lot come back, see.
PC people, rejoice: we know we've sort of got it bad for iMacs in hotels (yeah, yeah, we know; we're those Mac people), but now we've got hot news for the PC folks who get psyched when they hear the Windows startup sound: The Lanesborough (a St. Regis Hotel in London) has announced that they're placing Sony VAIO Laptops in all guestrooms, and they're free for guests to use.
According to the press release, there are actually other hotels in London that "charge as much as £200 for Laptop rentals" (um, ew), but The Lanesborough is fo' sho' the first London hotel to give them to you for free.
Oh, and yes: WiFi is also free (woulda been a pretty lame-o sneaky trick if it wasn't, huh?)
Room rates at the Lanesborough start at £355, or $582. Other free amenity goodies included with that room rate: unlimited movies on demand, fresh fruit and mineral water, tea and coffee on arrival and with wake-up calls, and a "digital music library with extensive playlist."