The sun is shining, the mercury’s soaring, and tens of thousands of eager tourists are thronging London’s iconic attractions, landmarks and Thames-side walkways. The city’s many boutique hotels meanwhile are hard at work, with staff going that extra mile to make guests’ stays extra special.
Here we take a look at some of the latest goings on in the microcosm of London boutique hotels for the month of June.
The Hoxton hotel brand has been growing recently, with the announcement that the boutique operator is developing a third property in Southwark.
The Hoxton Southwark will join the brand’s roster which already includes the Hoxton Holborn and the Hoxton Shoreditch. The hotel is expected to be ready in 2018 and will have 192 rooms, two restaurants, a bar and events space. You can see some artist’s impressions of the property over at Hotel Chatter.
Ennismore Capital, which owns and operates the Hoxton hotels meanwhile, is poised to expand further afield and raise its profile, with Sky News reporting that it is set to acquire Gleneagles, the prestigious Scottish hotel and golf course. It is believed that the sale price would be in excess of £150m, and is being seen by many as a sign of the group’s ambitions.
Over in North London, Market Tech Holdings Ltd have announced plans to develop a new boutique hotel in Camden Town. The company, which opens several of Camden’s popular tourist markets, has applied for planning permission for an ‘urban’ boutique hotel on Camden High Street, which it says will help to regenerate the high street.
Anyone who’s curious to see how the St Martins Lane Hotel looks after its recent refurbishment can now do so from the comfort of their computer or phone screen, thanks to C&IT magazine.
The website has presented a slideshow to illustrate the changes that took place to commemorate the hotel’s 15th anniversary. The Interim CEO of owner Morgans Hotel Group, Jason Kalisman, has said that, “we are confident that this re-launce will preserve and expand on the hotel’s legacy and define what British luxury is for the next generation to come.
According to recent figures released by HRS hotel guests spend on average £73 more a night in London than they do elsewhere in Europe. The figures revealed that a significant part of this comes from additional expenditure beyond the hotel room itself, such as breakfast and room service.
The M by Montcalm Shoreditch has recently unveiled a brand new event space within the hotel.
The meeting and conference venue features a large meeting room with adjustable partitioning for different types of events, and five private dining rooms. The event space also features state-of-the-art technology, including cutting-edge audio-visual equipment and free high-speed broadband.
There’s a growing trend in London towards pubs becoming small-scale boutique hotels. Over in the US, Fox News has been looking at ‘Four luxurious London pubs where you can stay the night’. The four pubs featured include the Orange near Sloane Square, the Grazing Goat in Marble Arch, The Bull and Hide near Liverpool Street and The Pilot on the Greenwich Peninsula.
On London Hotels Insight we recently looked at ‘4 clever ways London’s trendy budget hotels use space’. These included the trend towards omitting desks from guest rooms, and making the most of ‘dead space’.
Le Meridien Picadilly unveiled its ‘sipping garden’ in June, in conjunction with the local Sipsmith distillery.
The summer pop-up venue can be found at the hotel’s Terrace Grill & Bar, and is adorned with summer blooming plants, wrought-iron outdoor furniture and other pleasing touches. There guests can enjoy cocktails made using Sipsmith spirits, as well as light picnic-inspired bites.
July will see the return of the London Art Week at Brown’s Hotel, taking place from 3rd July to the 5th.
This will be the second time that the hotel has taken a leading role in organising the art celebration, which features dozens of exhibitions in local Mayfair galleries, free talks and other events.
Brown’s will be offering special accommodation packages, art talks in the Clarendon Room and dishes in the hotel’s Hix restaurant which have been specially created for the event by chef Mark Hix.
Finally, People 1st, a skills-based charity, has leapt to the defence of London hotel staff, after a survey found that guest satisfaction in London hotels was amongst the lowest in Europe.
According to Big Hospitality, Simon Tarr, the charity’s MD said that, “although [the results] portray a landscape ripe for improvement, we fell the reports do a disservice to many of the capital’s hotels where, in our experience, customer service and people-handling skills are very much alive and well”.
Photo credits: Duncan Harris, Hoxton Holborn, St Martin’s Lane Hotel, M by Montcalm, Le Meridien Piccadilly, Brown’s Hotel.