When the Lancaster London hotel opened in the 1960s, it was called the Royal Lancaster. The name changed in 2009, but the hotel is now reverting back to the original name as part of a refurbishment.
The £80m refurbishment has been in the works since 2013 and all will be revealed this year. The works include a £15m lobby, cafe and cocktail bar, and a new look for the Lounge bar and Park restaurant.
The drinking and dining spaces will have a new “horse and country” feel, complete with leather and tweed detailing. The restaurant will also expand from 90 to 140 seats.
All of the hotel’s 416 bedrooms will also have been refurbished by the time the new look is revealed.
One of the key new features is more connecting rooms, which aims to offer more flexibility to travellers.
Like a number of other hotels recently, the hotel will also be offering free Handy smartphones to their guests. The smartphones are customisable for each hotel, and allow hotels to offer a local SIM card and internet connection to international guests.
They can also be loaded with content about the local area and the rest of the city, and can act as a portable concierge. Other hotels using Handy phones include Montcalm’s London hotels and Eccleston Square Hotel.
The new-look and re-named hotel will launch in August 2017, giving them another five or six months to get everything finished.
Before deciding to revert back to the old name, the hotel asked guests, suppliers and the hotel team about what to do.
With nearly 85% of those surveyed wanting to go back to the new name, it was decided. The return to the original name also matches up to the hotel’s 50th anniversary at the end of this year.
Photo credits: Lancaster London/Colorminium, Lancaster London.