In early November, the prestigious Hyde Park hotel Royal Lancaster London reopened its doors after a major redesign costing in the region of $106 million. Baroque Travel takes a look at the new incarnation
This magnificent Hyde Park hotel has been completely transformed inside and out, a two-year renovation that cost around £80 million, or $106 million. From the moment you enter its opulent entrance, you know you’re in regal territory. Designed by London-based Studio Proof, the brand new iteration of this landmark hotel is magnificent. The entire 26-foot front façade has been completely remodelled and now features a dramatic double-height reception area. The highlight of the lobby is the palatial marble staircase that reaches to the first floor. Another new feature is the all-marble Hyde Lobby Bar that offers a selection of drinks, including champagne, cocktails and coffee plus light snacks served throughout the day.
This iconic hotel has a rich and celebrated history. It opened in 1967 and was one of the city’s chicest establishments. Half a century later, it’s even more stylish than ever.
The first part of the renovation, in 2015, was the redesign of the hotel’s award-winning restaurant Nipa Thai. Still to be completed by May 2018 are the Lounge Bar and The Park Room on the first floor.
Accommodation in the entire 18-floor hotel has all been refurbished – that is 411 guest rooms and suites, which feature panoramic London views and contemporary design. Guests can choose from various room categories, and all accommodation offers bathrobes, slippers, en suite waterfall showers, under floor heating in the bathrooms, TVs with more than 138 international channels and 33 radio stations.
Other amenities on offer at the hotel include various restaurants and bars, a gym and in-room spa treatments. The range of restaurants available suit different culinary tastes. Whether you’re looking for a chic dinner experience, special occasion meal, leisurely lunch, fine high tea or simply a coffee and croissant in the morning, you’ll find a spot to enjoy it at the Royal Lancaster.
The Royal Lancaster has had many famous people over its threshold, including actor Michael Caine who was filmed there for the movie The Italian Job. Famous guests include Princess Diana, Mohammed Ali and The Beatles, who attended the after-party for their Yellow Submarine film premiere at the Yellow Submarine Nightclub. The hotel is also renowned as one of Europe’s largest banqueting venues – it can accommodate up to 3,000 guests in various spaces including the well-known Nine Kings and Westbourne Suites, each of which accommodates up to 2,400 guests for a seated dinner.