It’s been a long time coming, but The Lanesborough finally opened its doors again, after extensive renovations, on July 1st. It has reopened as part of the Oetker Collection, and is now a sister hotel to Le Bristol Paris.
The prestigious hotel shut up shop back in 2013, delaying its reopening past the originally planned date. However, they have now revealed some of their newly improved areas. It’s not quite ready to be filled with guests just yet, but full booking will be available from July 15th. For now, rooms and restaurant reservations are available on a request basis.
Interior designer Alberto Pinto was in charge of the hotel’s new look and he took the building’s Regency origins as his inspiration.
The new rooms celebrate the hotel’s heritage, including the 93 bedrooms, out of which 43 are suites, and public areas such as the restaurants and bars. The style is nothing short of grand and luxurious, with chandeliers, panelled ceilings and richly patterned fabrics.
Included in the renovations are the restaurant Céleste, cigar lounge The Garden Room and the sumptuous Library Bar. Céleste was formerly Apsleys, but is now headed up by Executive Chef Florian Flavario. The restaurant’s menu uses classic French techniques and the best of British ingredients.
While you wait to check out The Lanesborough’s new look in person, you can continue to follow the hotel’s butlers on Twitter. Their @LanesButlers account has been tweeting sneak peeks of the refurbished property, as well as tips on etiquette, from table settings to suit jacket buttoning.
A stay at The Lanesborough doesn’t come cheap, but it looks like it’s worth it if you’re seeking out indulgence. Although the soft opening has taken place, you’ll need to wait until July 15th to have access to the whole hotel.
Photo credits: The Lanesborough.