The Grosvenor in London’s Victoria is to embark on a £18 million refurbishment project due for completion before the 2012 Olympic Games, and ahead of its inauguration into the Guoman Hotels brand.
Located on Buckingham Palace Road next to the London Victoria rail and tube terminus, the 357-room property is currently managed by Thistle Hotels (which is in turn owned by Guoman Hotel Management), but will join the Guoman Hotels collection “in the near future”.
The group says that the refurbishment programme will “sensitively restore the hotel’s intricate, English Heritage listed features as part of its stylish design overhaul – whilst remaining sensitive to the property’s heritage as a Victorian railway hotel.”
Works will include the restyling of the bedrooms, public areas, restaurants and bars, with a new Cantonese restaurant (The Grand Imperial) due to open later this year. There will also be a new self-contained “executive accommodation tower” with views of the city, and featuring a club lounge.
Guoman recently opened its first property outside of London – the five-star Guoman Shanghai in the city’s Putuo district (see online news May 14).
For more information visit guoman.com.
Report by Mark Caswell