London’s The Trafalgar hotel will be joining Hilton’s Curio Collection when it relaunches this summer under a new name.
The Trafalgar will become the Trafalgar St James after its extensive renovation, which has already begun, according to The Caterer. The Hilton’s Curio Collection began in 2014, but there aren’t currently any hotels in the collection in the UK. The Trafalgar St James is likely to be the first, followed by the Lincoln Plaza London, which was meant to open in 2016 but has been delayed.
The renovation of the hotel includes a new all-day-dining grill restaurant, which will replace the current ground floor bar.
The hotel’s executive chef Greg Olejarka will be in charge of the restaurant, which will be called 1805, after the year the Battle of Trafalgar took place. The restaurant is being designed by AvroKo and will be an informal space that serves British food with a twist.
The bedrooms and rooftop are also receiving an overhaul, with Shh Design in charge of the redesign. The building’s history as home to the Cunard Steamship Company is serving as inspiration for the new look. The new bedrooms will feature tables and chaise longues where their desks used to be, and there will be more plugs and USB points.
Two-thirds of the baths will be replaced with better showers, and make-up desks are available too.
The rooms will also feature artwork with British icons and London symbols.
Downstairs, the private lounge Biblio will be available for hotel guests only for most of the year, with live music and talks for entertainment. The larger space on the rooftop will have a lounge and dining with a menu of small plates, plus a private glasshouse for 14.
The new-look (and newly named) hotel will relaunch in summer 2017, but until then will still be open to guests.
Photo credits: The Trafalgar.