After nearly a two-year wait, The Lanesborough has started taking bookings from July 1st 2015…how exciting! They first announced renovations in August 2013, and their ambitions are now nearly fulfilled.
Longstanding readers will know that we have always been great fans of The Lanesborough particularly their dining experience. So we can’t wait to take in the hotel’s new look and to learn of their other enhancements.
Although they’re taking bookings from the beginning of July, there’s no guarantee on the re-opening date. Nevertheless, there’s lots to get excited about, including sketches of the new suites by Alberto Pinto.
Rooms come in Deluxe and Executive flavours, while the suites include Junior Suites, Executive Junior Suites, the Apsley, the Grosvenor, the Buckingham, the Lanesborough and the Royal Suite. It’s hard to tell from the drawings how the rooms will turn out, with the colours and patterns looking especially intricate. Deluxe rooms start at £575/night, but you’ll be looking at a bit more if you want to get one of the first looks at the new-look hotel.
The Lanesborough’s website describes the renovation of the bedrooms, suites and dining rooms as being “returned to their original Georgian splendour, into which the latest communication technologies and entertainment systems have been seamlessly woven”. That’s quite an intriguing prospect.
All rooms and suites will have high-speed fibre-optic WiFi, a Sony in-room tablet, and unlimited movies and music on demand. And for a slightly more Georgian luxury, everyone has 24-hour access to the hotel’s butler service.
As well as looking to fill their rooms, The Lanesborough is also looking for a whopping 140 new members of staff at the time of writing. From butlers, housekeeping and concierges to spa therapists and even florists, there are opportunities aplenty for anyone who wants a new career adventure. One position they’re no longer looking to fill is that of Executive Chef.
Their new recruit, Florian Flavario, will head up Apsleys, using fine British ingredients to create an internationally-influenced menu.
Apart from Apsleys, where you can enjoy afternoon tea as well as other meals, The Library Bar “retains its intimate club-like atmosphere”. Then there’s also the hotel’s luxury cigar lounge The Garden Room, as well as the Withdrawing Room for “informal” meetings or relaxing drinks. News about the renovation keeps trickling in, so it surely won’t be long until we have some photos of the new rooms. Watch this space for more news as it comes in!
Photo credits: The Lanesborough.