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Citizen M Hotel London Tower - Lobby

Tourism in London continues to boom

How will the Brexit affect tourism? London’s hotel industry keeps on booming. The depreciation of the Pound makes hotels, restaurants and shopping cheaper for guests from abroad. It is not yet clear if Britain’s exit will actually lead to losses in Tourism. Therefore, the hospitality industry UK chooses for new investments. According to Tophotelprojects.com there are currently 195 new top hotels planned.

Citizen M Hotel London Tower - Lobby

Citizen M Hotel London Tower – Lobby

A new record value was reached in London’s tourism last year, counting 31.5 million visitors. Therewith, the British capital maintains its position as one of the most visited major cities in the world.

There are currently 69 hotels emerging, only in London. The most recent opening was the Citizen M near the tower. This 370 room hotel is the second one of the smart, Dutch hotel chain, which is deemed as disruptive and targets the contemporary needs of generation Y. Citizen M focuses on newest technology like automatic check-in processes via smartphone or a modern Vitra-design in lobby and rooms. One new feature is the shop concept “Collection M”, which will be tested in the new flagship hotel.

Selected projects in London:

  • Park Plaza London Park Royal – 168 rooms – Opening: August 2016
  • Great Scotland Yard Hotel – 235 rooms – Opening: Early 2017
  • Hard Rock Hotel – 900 rooms – Opening: Autumn 2018
  • Artotel London Hoxton – 350 rooms – Opening: Early 2019
  • Nhow London – 190 rooms – Opening: Late 2018
  • Peninsula London – 190 rooms – Opening: 2021

On 20 July 2016, TOPHOTELPROJECTS starts its “World Tour” (#THPWorldTour) in London. This exclusive event series of expert symposia with matching intentions for hotel planners, operators, selected outfitters and suppliers will monthly lead to Miami, New York City, Dubai, Singapore and Berlin. For more information please visit: www.thpworldtour.com

IHG opens Crowne Plaza London Battersea

London – 22 January 2015 – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) today announced the opening of Crowne Plaza London – Battersea. The rebranded 78 room hotel is owned by Fabiano Hotels LTD and managed by IHG. It is located close to Clapham Junction, one of the UK’s busiest railway stations with easy connections to both the centre of London and Gatwick Airport. Given this high volume of passengers the hotel is a great location for guests on the go.

Crowne Plaza London Battersea - Room

Crowne Plaza London Battersea – Room

For those travelling on business the hotel features 200 m2 of meeting space, free wifi and ample car parking.  What’s more, being adjacent to London Heliport, it’s also ideal for those travelling from afar for high-level meetings. For leisure guests the area has many busy nightlife locations and is in easy reach of many of London’s top attractions.

Guests can take advantage of the Verta Spa and gym facilities followed by a relaxing drink in the Terrace bar which overlooks the River Thames.  For dining, the Riverside Grill Restaurant serves a British grill with a twist and diners can watch the chefs in action.

Paul Watson, General Manager Crowne Plaza London – Battersea said: “We’re delighted to have opened Crowne Plaza London – Battersea in this bustling hub of London. We look forward to welcoming guests to our hotel and helping them have a comfortable and productive stay. ”

Harry Mohinani, Director of Fabiano Hotels Limited said: “We’re thrilled to open up our first property with one of the most reputable hotel companies in the business. Crowne Plaza London – Battersea is the perfect location for guests travelling to London on business or leisure.”

Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts is the second largest upscale hotel brand globally, at nearly 400* hotels in more than 60 countries worldwide, with amenities and services designed to help guests be productive when traveling for work. It has been a recognised and reputable meetings hotel brand for the last 30 years offering guests relevant and effective solutions through its signature meetings programme.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Expands Presence in the United Kingdom with the Signing of Dual-Hotel Development in London – Aloft and Element Brands to Debut in Historic Tobacco Dock in 2017

Stamford, Connecticut – 6 June 2014 – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced plans to expand its rapidly growing Aloft and Element brands with the signing of a dual-hotel development in London. Scheduled to open in early 2017, the new-build Aloft and Element hotels will offer an exciting range of accommodation in the heart of the historic Tobacco Dock area of East London. Aloft London Tobacco Dock will be the second Aloft hotel in London and third in the United Kingdom (UK), while Element London Tobacco Dock will mark the debut of Starwood’s eco-wise Element brand in this established market.

Located in Tobacco Dock – an emerging business and residential area in the fast-growing Docklands area of East London—the connected hotels are ideally situated within easy reach of The City, Canary Wharf and London’s popular attractions such as Tower Bridge and The Tower of London. In addition, Tobacco Dock boasts one of the capital’s biggest meeting, arts and event spaces with a Grade I listed warehouse on the banks of the River Thames.

“We look forward to a long-term collaboration with the Fawzia Mubarak Al-Hassawi Group as we expand our portfolio of mid-market hotels in London,” said Michael Wale, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East. “These agreements mark an exciting milestone for Starwood’s growth in the United Kingdom and illustrate the strong demand for stylish, yet affordable accommodation in mature and strategically important markets such as London.”

“We are delighted to be entering into a partnership with Starwood Hotels & Resorts and look forward to opening these two new hotels in London. I believe that the strength of Starwood’s global brands, combined with our fantastic real estate development in Tobacco Dock, will generate significant value and further investment into this up and coming area of London. Furthermore, with Starwood’s vast experience and international coverage, I am confident that this project will be successful both in terms of market awareness as well as bottom line results,” said Mrs Fawzia Mubarak Al-Hassawi, President, Fawzia Mubarak Al-Hassawi Group.

Aloft London Tobacco Dock
The new Aloft London Tobacco Dock will feature 251 urban-influenced rooms, all with signature loft-like ceilings, oversized windows and ultra-comfortable plush platform beds as well as walk-in showers and complimentary Bliss® amenities. The hotel will also feature the brand’s signature W XYZSM bar, an atmospheric public space where guests can mix and mingle, read the paper, work on laptops, play a game of pool or grab a drink with friends. In addition, Aloft offers live, free access to local emerging artists as well as some of the hottest bands with Live at Aloft Hotels programming at the W XYZ® bars.

The Re:chargeSM fitness centre offers an opportunity to re-energise and the unique Re:fuelSM by Aloft introduces a convenient deli option for guests on the go, with an array of food and drinks available 24 hours a day. For meetings and presentations, the hotel will offer four creative meeting spaces equipped with the latest audio-visual hardware.

Element London Tobacco Dock
The opening of Element London Tobacco Dock will mark the debut of the much anticipated eco-wise Element brand in the UK. Launched in 2008, Element made history as the first major hotel brand to mandate that all properties pursue LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for high-performance buildings. More than just a “green” hotel brand, however, Element is designed to provide the balance that business and leisure travellers need to thrive on the road.

In keeping with the tenets of the Element brand, Element London Tobacco Dock’s 77 studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites will be stylish, sustainable and designed for comfort. Each of the light-filled accommodations will feature a fluid design of modular furniture, swivelling flat-screen televisions, large desks with open shelving and custom-designed wardrobe space. Bathrooms will be spa-inspired, with an invigorating rain shower and dual-flush toilet. Rooms will also feature fully equipped kitchens and the signature Heavenly® Bed.

Starwood in the United Kingdom
Starwood Hotels & Resorts currently operate hotels 10 hotels in the UK, eight of which are in London. These are represented across six of Starwood’s nine brands, namely The Lanesborough, a St. Regis Hotel; The Park Tower Knightsbridge and Turnberry Resort in Scotland which operate under The Luxury Collection; W London – Leicester Square; Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa in Edinburgh; Sheraton Heathrow and Sheraton Skyline at Heathrow Airport; Le Méridien Piccadilly and The Park Lane Hotel in London; and Aloft London Excel.

“The mid-market sector is a key driver of growth for the company and now represents nearly 40% of our global pipeline. These signings further underscore our continued commitment to expand our European portfolio of mid-market brands through franchising and management contracts in primary destinations,” said Bart Carnahan, Senior Vice President Acquisition & Development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa & Middle East. “We are excited to expand the presence of our Aloft brand in the UK as well as to introduce Element to the market with its emphasis on clean, sustainable living.”

Shangri-La Hotel At The Shard London Will Open To Guests 6 May 2014

London – February 6th, 2014 – Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts announced Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London will open 6 May 2014.  Located on the historic South Bank of the River Thames in the 306-metre-high, glass-clad Shard, the hotel will be the Hong Kong-based luxury hotel group’s third in Europe, following debuts in Paris in 2010 and Istanbul in 2013.

As the tallest hotel in Western Europe and the first high-rise hotel in London, the Shangri-La occupies levels 34 to 52 of the 72-storey Shard.  Its contemporary interior design complements Renzo Piano’s masterful architecture and the breathtaking views – unmatched by any other hotel in London – unfold in all directions revealing iconic landmarks such as St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the Houses of Parliament.

“Our continued expansion in Europe reflects the growth opportunities for the brand and portfolio,” said Shangri-La President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Dogan.  “The Shard is a landmark synonymous with London and we hope to encourage visitors to our hotel, and the surrounding area.  We are truly excited to be an integral part of the ongoing development of the South Bank community and the borough of Southwark.”

Every detail of the hotel environment has been taken into consideration – from the extensive collection of original artworks on display to the spectacular grand staircase sweeping across double length floor-to-ceiling windows, linking levels 34 and 35 within the hotel’s sky lobby.

Guests will be escorted in a high-speed elevator from the hotel’s dedicated entrance on St. Thomas Street to the sky lobby on level 35.  Subtle Asian touches in the lobby and lobby lounge will reflect Shangri-La’s heritage, while modern and classic art with pieces from a mix of acclaimed Asian and British artists are showcased throughout public areas.

The hotel’s 202 guestrooms and suites will open from levels 36 to 50 and are amongst the largest in London.  Because of The Shard’s spiral shape, each of the spacious guestrooms and suites, which range from 30 to 188 square metres, is individual in layout and design.  All feature floor-to-ceiling windows and unrivalled views across the city, marble-clad bathrooms with heated floors, separate bathtubs, Acqua di Parma amenities and mirrors with integrated television screens.  Over a third of these bathrooms have city views.

Deluxe, Premier and Grand Premier guestrooms and suites offer northerly views towards the City and London’s most famous landmarks.  Superior guestrooms and suites feature far-reaching vistas over the vibrant areas of the south and towards the historic counties of Kent, Surrey and Sussex. 

Some of the most stunning views are from the hotel’s three signature suites that will be unveiled in September.  All signature suites overlook St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and down river towards the O2 Arena.  The jewel in the crown is the Shangri-La Suite, situated on level 39, providing 180-degree views of London.  From the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben to the Tower of London, the view encompasses the River Thames with the Canary Wharf, Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Maritime Greenwich dotted along the meandering waterway.

The hotel will feature three wining and dining venues.  GŎNG, London’s highest bar on level 52, takes its name from ‘dougong’ – an ancient Chinese structural element of interlocking wooden brackets that will be a component of the bar’s interior.  TĪNG, derived from the Chinese word for a living room, is the signature restaurant and lounge on level 35 and LÁNG – the Chinese word for ‘pathway’ – is an artisan deli on the ground floor.  Level 52 will also be home to a 24-hour gym and London’s highest infinity pool, and along with GŎNG, level 52 will duly open from 1 July.

Three river-facing event spaces on level 34 offer stunning views and state-of-the-art conferencing technology along with catering services.  The largest of the venues, Ren, accommodates up to 140 guests; the other two, Yi and Li, can hold up to 10 and 35 guests, respectively.  The grand staircase connecting levels 34 and 35, with its vista of St. Paul’s Cathedral and beyond, will be a picture-perfect location for wedding photography.

“We are thrilled to be opening our doors in May after a number of years of planning and preparation,” said Darren Gearing, executive vice president and hotel general manager of Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London.  “The hotel’s inspiring views will connect emotionally with guests, while our service hallmarks will position the hotel at the forefront of the world’s finest hotels.”

The hotel will be open for advance rooms, events, restaurant and lounge bookings from 17 March, with opening room rates starting at £450 per room per night, including VAT. 

Hyatt Announces Plans for Hyatt Place London Heathrow/Hayes – Opening at Amsterdam Airport

London/Amsterdam – January 31, 2014 – Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into an agreement with Magill Investments Limited for a Hyatt Place hotel close to London Heathrow Airport, one of world’s busiest airports. Hyatt Place London Heathrow/Hayes is the second Hyatt Place hotel under development in Europe, joining Hyatt Place Zurich Airport. The Hyatt Place brand continues to expand outside of the United States with today’s opening of Hyatt Place Amsterdam Airport in The Netherlands, as well as recent Hyatt Place openings in Armenia, Costa Rica, India, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.

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Slated to open in the spring of 2015, Hyatt Place London Heathrow/Hayes will offer 170 guestrooms in addition to 1,809 square feet (168 square meters) of meeting space, an open food market with made-to-order meals and snacks available around the clock, free WiFi, and a well-equipped fitness center. The hotel will be located in Hayes, less than 15 minutes from London Heathrow Airport terminals and close to Stockley Park Business Park and Brunel University.

“We are delighted to introduce the Hyatt Place brand to the third busiest airport in the world and the thriving business community in and around Hayes and Hillingdon,” said Peter Norman, senior vice president, real estate and development for Hyatt in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. “The United Kingdom remains an important hub for international business and leisure travel, with more than 70 million passengers arriving to and departing from London Heathrow in 2012 alone. The airport serves 84 airlines and 184 destinations in 80 countries, and the opening of Hyatt Place London Heathrow/Hayes will mark a significant milestone for Hyatt as we continue to introduce the brand worldwide and offer more choice to our guests in key gateway cities.”

“We are proud to develop the first Hyatt Place hotel in the United Kingdom, and to be restoring a building at the heart of the Hayes community,” said Harry Mohinani, director, Magill Investments Ltd. “The Hyatt Place brand is a unique and refreshing concept, and we believe that this will be a very successful hotel serving both travelers visiting London Heathrow and the local business and residential communities.”

Hyatt Place London Heathrow/Hayes will be the fourth Hyatt-branded hotel in the United Kingdom, joining Andaz Liverpool Street London, Hyatt Regency London-The Churchill and Hyatt Regency Birmingham.

Hyatt Place Hotel Opens at Amsterdam Airport – Hyatt Place brand continues to expand outside the U.S. with new location in Europe
Hyatt Hotels Corporation and Hillgate Properties NV announced the opening of Hyatt Place Amsterdam Airport – the first Hyatt Place hotel to open in the Netherlands.

The opening of the 330-room property marks a significant milestone for the Hyatt Place brand as it continues to expand outside the United States. New Hyatt Place locations have recently opened in Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, India and Mexico. In Europe, a location opened in Armenia earlier this year.

“We have more than 180 Hyatt Place properties worldwide, but Hyatt Place Amsterdam Airport marks new brand presence in a significant European city,” said Peter Fulton, group president – EAME/Southwest Asia, Hyatt Hotels Corporation. “We plan to continue to grow the Hyatt Place brand thoughtfully in key markets around the world, which will allow us to provide more choices to new and loyal guests.”

“We look forward to showing our guests the authentic hospitality and service for which Hyatt Place is known,” said Stefan Bloemker, general manager, Hyatt Place Amsterdam Airport. “Every aspect of the Hyatt Place experience is designed with today’s traveler in mind. Our business and leisure guests demand high-tech, stylish hotels that cater seamlessly to their 24/7 lifestyles, and that is what Hyatt Place delivers.”

Hyatt Place Amsterdam Airport is located in the Hoofddorp area and offers a complimentary shuttle to the adjoining Schiphol Airport. It is also within easy reach of the city center, Amsterdam Congress Centre and The Hague.

Marriott Begins 2014 with Industry’s Fastest-Growing New-Construction Pipeline – Added More Than One Hotel Per Day to Development Pipeline in 2013

Los Angeles – January 27th, 2014 – At the America’s Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) in Los Angeles, Marriott International announced that it had the fastest-growing new-construction pipeline in the industry, worldwide, in 2013, based on information published by Smith Travel Research.  In addition, Marriott reported that it signed more than one hotel project per day in 2013, totaling a record 387 hotels and 67,000 rooms.  The company opened nearly 26,000 new rooms in 2013 and, given its strong pipeline, expects new hotel openings to accelerate in 2014 and 2015.

Edition Hotel in London

Edition Hotel in London

In 2013, Marriott increased its total development pipeline by over 30 percent.  At year-end 2013, Marriott had more than 195,000 rooms under development across five continents, compared to 176,000 rooms at the end of the third quarter and 143,000 rooms just a year ago.  At year-end 2013, the company’s global pipeline included 72,000 hotel rooms under construction, 83,000 rooms signed but not yet under construction, 11,000 rooms awaiting conversion to one of Marriott’s brands, and 29,000 rooms for projects that have been approved for development but not yet signed.

Fueling this success is Marriott’s extensive lineup of 18 brands, the broadest in the lodging industry, including its luxury and lifestyle portfolio, which accounts for nearly 25 percent of the company’s overall pipeline.

“Our luxury and lifestyle portfolio of 438 hotels across nine brands* is robust,” said Arne Sorenson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International.  “The Ritz-Carlton is recognized as one of the world’s most iconic luxury brands and is expanding outside the U.S.  At the same time, we are rapidly growing new brands such as EDITION, Moxy Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott and Autograph Collection, all brand innovations that position us well with customers looking for a different type of experience.”

EDITION, an exciting full-service, luxury/ lifestyle brand conceived in collaboration with legendary hotelier Ian Schrager, continues to receive rave reviews following the opening of The London EDITION in 2013.  EDITION is gaining ground, with 10 hotels open or in the signed pipeline, including The Miami Beach EDITION, scheduled to open later this year.  Future hotels are planned for Abu Dhabi (2015), Gurgaon, India (2015), Manhattan Madison Avenue/NYC (2015), Sanya, China (2015), Bangkok (2016) and West Hollywood (2017), as well as the just announced Times Square EDITION in New York (2017).

Moxy Hotels is on track to open its first hotel in Milan, Italy, in August, and additional properties are expected to open in six other European markets in 2015.  Combining contemporary design and approachable service at an affordable price, Moxy is projected to reach 150 hotels in the next 10 years.

The fastest hotel brand launch in the industry, the Autograph Collection has added nearly 60 hotels since its 2010 introduction at ALIS.   A unique business venture, the Autograph Collection harnesses the power of Marriott’s global sales, marketing and revenue engines for independent hotel owners.  

“Marriott’s determined focus on powerful brands and global growth has delivered unparalleled results,” said Tony Capuano, Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Marriott International.  “In 2013, we completed the largest number of new hotel deals in our company’s history, a pace of more than one new hotel project every day, benefitting from our partners’ improved access to capital, rising consumer demand in major markets, the impact of the growing middle classes in Asia and Africa, and greater international travel than ever before.”

In Africa, Marriott expects to complete the acquisition of the Protea Hospitality Holdings’ brands and its management business in April 2014.  With Protea, Marriott will nearly double its distribution in the Middle East and Africa to 23,000 rooms and become the largest hotelier on the African continent.

In its Asia Pacific region, Marriott expects to open a hotel every week across 10 different brands, doubling in size, reaching 330 hotels with more than 96,000 rooms across 16 countries by 2016.   In 2013, Marriott signed agreements to add 78 new hotels and more than 22,000 rooms in the Asia Pacific region, an industry-leading pace.

In the United States, Marriott ended 2013 with more than 22,000 hotel rooms under construction, representing the largest hotel construction pipeline in the industry, according to data from Smith Travel Research.  In fact, Marriott operates or franchises one of every five new hotel rooms that opened in the U.S. in 2013.  Driving these results is Marriott’s broad brand lineup, including the company’s newest brand in the U.S., AC by Marriott.  Inspired by the fashion houses of Milan and already successful in Europe, AC by Marriott will open its first hotel in the U.S. in Miami this year, with 16 other projects under contract (totaling 3,215 rooms) around the globe.

“Staying focused on our strategy of global growth and brand differentiation has paid off for Marriott and its owners and franchisees,” said Sorenson.  “We look forward to opening even more hotels in 2014 and beyond, introducing Marriott and its brands to new guests and welcoming loyal customers to new and exciting locations across the globe.”

*Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle portfolio of nine brands and 438 hotels includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company (84), Bulgari Hotels (3), EDITION (2), JW Marriott Hotels (63), Autograph Collection (56), Renaissance (153), Moxy Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott (75), and with the planned acquisition of Protea, Fire & Ice Hotels (2).

Rosewood London opens – Heritage building transformed into stylish retreat in the heart of London

London, 16 Octobre 2013 – Rosewood London, the capital’s newest luxury hotel, opens today marking the presence of the Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® brand in Europe. Located in Holborn, one of London’s most historic locales where the City meets the West End, the hotel, with its wrought-iron gates leading to an intimate courtyard, is a unique retreat set in the very heart of London.

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Following an extensive renovation to sensitively transform the 1914 Edwardian Belle Epoque building, the original architectural features have been painstakingly restored by an expert team of craftsmen, including the magnificent Grade II-listed street frontage and dome, and the grand Pavonazzo marble staircase which rises up through all seven storeys of the hotel beneath the 166-foot cupola.  Guests enter via a grand carriageway which leads to a distinctive courtyard giving a sense of arrival more akin to a private manor house than a hotel.

The guiding philosophy of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, one of the world’s most respected ultra-luxury hotel groups, is A Sense of Place® in which each property reflects its location’s history, culture and sensibilities.  Rosewood London is a perfect illustration of this concept: the 262 guestrooms and 44 suites convey the feel of stylish London residences, public areas are filled with artwork and books, and restaurants offer both classic and contemporary British dishes, while the event spaces nod to the building’s past as the headquarters of Pearl Assurance Company.

The accommodations, event spaces and public areas have been designed by Tony Chi and Associates.  Chi brings his signature style to the hotel combining a rich composition of materials including lacquer, textured wood veneers and prismatic mirrors.  The suites offer some of London’s finest accommodation and include the Grand Manor House Wing. Accessed via a private elevator and its own street entrance, it is the only hotel suite in the world to have its own postcode. Six bedrooms, a dressing chamber, a library, a dining room and several sitting rooms are lavishly arranged over 6,318 square feet of living space.  The Garden House features a stunning garden terrace overlooking the London skyline while the stately Chancery House possesses elegant grandeur. All guests residing in suites receive access to the hotel’s Manor Club.  A comfortable, private retreat, the Manor Club offers a personal butler and concierge service as well as a menu of cocktails and light dishes.

Rosewood London is designed to be one of the most exciting places to drink and dine in London.  The Lobby Lounge, a public meeting space, is the window into the stylish world of Rosewood London and the Mirror Room, a striking salon elegantly adorned with mirrors, offers appealing and social all-day dining and afternoon tea.

The hotel’s bar, designed by the renowned Martin Brudnizki, evokes a convivial atmosphere with a roaring fire at one end and wooden bar running along the other.  Warm, cosy and comfortable furniture is organised to create discreet, intimate corners on a wooden herringbone floor strewn with hand-woven rugs.  A well-curated cocktail list is accompanied by a menu of curries and casseroles, featuring spicy Indian dishes and European-style stews.

Holborn Dining Room, also designed by Martin Brudnizki, launches in February 2014 and will be operated by Des McDonald, bringing a fun, vibrant atmosphere to the refined elegance of the historic setting. Once the East Banking Hall of Pearl Assurance, Holborn Dining Room is a smart, bustling brasserie with a menu of simple yet sophisticated British dishes.

Brudnizki’s interior draws on classic British design, mixing reclaimed oak with antique mirrors and leather upholstery. The dining room includes a bar and a dining counter, each topped with aged copper and patina brass.  The dining room leads to The Terrace in the hotel’s peaceful inner courtyard, where guests can dine alfresco or enjoy a fine cigar.

Adjoining the restaurant is Holborn Delicatessen, launching February 2014, which also opens directly onto High Holborn with a range of coffees, teas and delectable treats for those on the move. Guests will be able to choose from an array of great British products, from marmalades and clotted cream to locally produced cheeses.

Hotel recreational facilities include a Sense® spa, Rosewood’s award-wining, signature spa brand and a fitness suite featuring the latest equipment from Technogym®.

Rosewood London’s central location also makes it the perfect venue for both grand corporate events and intimate, social soirées.  The 11 event spaces include the Grand Ballroom, three heritage boardrooms, the Living Room and the Dining Room with show kitchen.  A first for London, the hotel offers a unique Event Studio, showcasing Rosewood London’s collection of china, linens, crystal, silverware and further accessories for personalised events.

“Rosewood London encompasses an element of surprise in its design which gives this landmark building, steeped in and surrounded by history, the lease of life it deserves. We are honoured to be the stewards of an exciting new chapter in its legacy,” says Matthias Roeke, managing director, Rosewood London.

Introductory guestroom rates, valid until 31 March 2014, start from £370 and suites from £995, including VAT, based on availability, and include a welcome amenity, Wi-Fi, use of mini-bar, in-room films, laundry, English breakfast for two and, for suite stays, airport pick-up.   For reservations, please contact your travel professional, email london.reservations@rosewoodhotels.com or call +44 207 781 8888.