announced the development of a 151-room hotel within historic Syon Park in West
London, due to open in late 2009.
Owned by the Duke
of Northumberland and comprising 200 acres of parkland and the 16th-century Syon
House, Syon Park is located across the River Thames from Kew Gardens, close to
the A4 and around twenty minutes from Heathrow airport.
The new-build property
is being developed by The Ability Group on a site adjacent to the former London Butterfly House (which closed in 2007), and had previously been earmarked for a Radisson Edwardian hotel. Ability already has a relationship with
Hilton through its ownership of the Doubletree by
Hilton Cambridge and Doubletree by Hilton Dunblane hotels, and will also be
working with Hilton on the new Hilton Liverpool project, due to open in summer
The Syon Park hotel will feature 151 rooms, 1,000 sqm
of meeting space, and several restaurants and bars. A spa will also be
developed alongside the hotel, to be operated by Spa Chakra. As part of the
agreement The Ability Group is investing in the restoration and conservation of
various Syon Park features, including the Adam oval
carriageway in front of Syon House, and the Duchess Gate, which will be
reopened for pedestrian use for the first time since before the Second World War.
Report by Mark Caswell