Rosewood Hotels and Resorts has confirmed that its new London property will be named The Chancery Rosewood, a nod to the building within which it will be housed in Mayfair.
The 139-room hotel is being built within the former US Embassy on Grosvenor Square, which was the first purpose-built chancery in London.
Business Traveller first reported on plans for the hotel back in 2017, and The Chancery Rosewood currently has an opening date of 2024.
The building was originally designed by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen in 1960, and features including the Grade II facade and diagrid ceiling are set to be retained and restored under David Chipperfield Architects, “with a mission to reinforce and enhance Saarinen’s original vision of a ‘palace on the park’”.
Interior design will be led by French architect and designer Joseph Dirand, “a longtime admirer of Saarinen”.
“Taking inspiration from the sophistication of the 1920s and the creativity and glamour of the 1960s, the design scheme will draw from a warm, rich color palette and feature refined, Art Deco-style detailing, walnut paneling and marble and brass accents, altogether channeling the ambiance of a traditional British gentlemen’s club,” said Rosewood.
The group said that the five-star hotel would also be the first in the UK to receive a BREEAM outstanding rating for sustainable development.
Features of The Chancery Rosewood will include a 750-capacity ballroom, a Yabu Pushelberg designed Asaya integrative wellness facility, public spaces and dining venues designed by Tristan Auer and Bar Studio, and five retail outlets.
The property will join the existing Rosewood London, which opened in late 2013. Rosewood also previously managed the Lanesborough hotel on London’s Hyde Park Corner until 2002, when it was rebranded under then Starwood’s St Regis offering.
Commenting on the news Sonia Cheng, chief executive officer of Rosewood Hotel Group, said:
“We are proud to have The Chancery Rosewood lead the transformation of the revitalized Grosvenor Square, an incredible public interest initiative that is nearly a decade in the making.
“The gifted team of architects and designers will breathe a second life into the iconic building, which is poised to become a superlative destination in London, and we thank our partners at Qatari Diar for the chance to be a part of this remarkable project.”
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