One of the most exclusive hotels in London, the Lanesborough, officially reopens today after undergoing a massive refurbishment. With nightly room rates set at a minimum of £715 a night, the Hyde Park Corner establishment is set to redeem its title as one of London’s most expensive and opulent hotels.
Oetker Collection manages the Lanesborough and has released a statement claiming the refurbished guest chambers and suites evoke a grand elegance and epitomise the décor of the edifice’s Regency heyday. The Royal Suite is one of the 93 guest accommodation options and boasts seven chambers all fitted with chandeliers. A night in the Royal Suite costs a whopping £26,000.
The Lanesborough shut its doors in December 2013 and was subsequently stripped down to its basic shell. Famed interior designer Alberto Pinto oversaw the 18-month-long refurbishment of the guest rooms, public areas and restaurant.
The hotel’s Apsleys restaurant has been consigned to history and replaced by Céleste. Master chef Florian Favario says the Céleste features a menu comprising France’s finest epicurean delights, but concocted from the cream of British sourced ingredients. Specials such as lamb and courgette couscous or jellied mackerel and horseradish are set to tantalise diners’ tastebuds.
The Garden Room is the hotel’s dedicated area for cigar smokers while the Library Bar epitomises its name and is the venue to sample nectar-like cocktails. The Lanesborough has seven separate dining rooms which are decorated in an ornate Regency style and suitable for business or celebratory banquets.