The Dilly Hotel on London’s Piccadilly has been acquired Israeli hospitality company Fattal Group.

The owner of the Leonardo Hotels brand says it will invest £90 million in an extensive refurbishment of the property, with the aim of creating “a leading luxury hotel”.

The hotel originally opened as The Piccadilly Hotel in 1908, and in recent years was marketed under the Le Meridien portfolio, before debranding and becoming an independent property under The Dilly name in 2021.

Features include 283 rooms and suites, an indoor swimming pool, squash courts, basement bar Downstairs at the Dilly, and restaurant Madhu’s at the Dilly, which serves Punjabi cuisine with a Kenyan twist.

Business Traveller reviewed the 283-room hotel soon after the rebranding as The Dilly.

Hotel review: The Dilly, London

It has yet to be determined what the property will be known as going forward, but Fattal Group said that “With this major deal, Leonardo Hotels UK and Ireland will accelerate its momentum as one of the fastest growing hotel groups in Europe and strengthen its position as one of the UK and Ireland’s leading hotel brands”.

Commenting on the news Jason Carruthers, managing director of Leonardo Hotels UK and Ireland, said:

“We’re very pleased to be adding another high performing hotel and yet another iconic hotel brand with a long rich history to the Leonardo portfolio.

“It’s a great hotel, with an experienced management team and dedicated employees, and fits very well into our broader portfolio and our strategy to position Leonardo Hotels as one of Europe’s most significant owner and manager of well invested, and strategically positioned hotels.”

Earlier this year it was announced that the Jurys Inn brand – owned by a subsidiary of the Fattal Group – would be retired, with properties reflagged under the Leonardo brand.

Fattal said that The Dilly would join the group’s collection of central London properties including Leonardo Royal Hotels at London City, Tower Bridge, and St Paul’s, and the Nyx Hotel London Holborn.

For our recent round-up of new and forthcoming hotels in the UK capital, see:

New and upcoming London hotels (2022)