The Stafford hotel in London will unveil the results of a £6 million refurbishment project next month, including a redesigned lobby and lounge, a new restaurant and 24 refereshed guest rooms.
According to general manager Leon Baum “The changes made will present an updated and yet timeless atmosphere that still showcases our English heritage at every point”.
The reception, lounge and restaurant areas have been opened up, “allowing the excitement of guests checking-in to mingle with the buzz from diners in the new restaurant”.
Décor will be consistent throughout these areas, with “neutral backdrops of grays and creams… accented by rich, textured fabrics, splashes of bold purples or reds, natural woods, and new parquet and stone floors”.
The Lyttelton restaurant (named after Lord and Lady Lyttelton who were residents of the building in the 17th century) has been designed “to evoke the feeling of dining in a friend’s home”.
The restaurant will offer “casually elegant” dining, with dishes including English veal bolognese pasta, Elwy Valley lamb with mint sauce, and warm spiced cake with salt caramel and honeycomb ice cream. There will also be an “open stage” wooden buffet table displaying dishes. Renderings of the renovated public areas can be seen below.
The makeover also includes 24 of the hotel’s guest rooms in the main house, all of which will feature new bathrooms, carpets, air conditioning, TVs, and furnishings. Corridors have also been refreshed with new wallpaper, carpets and curtains.
Kempinski signed a management agreement with The Stafford early last year, having been without a London property The Bentley in South Kensington and the Courthouse on Great Marlborough Street were debranded in 2008 (see online news February 8, 2010).
The Stafford opened the sixth-floor Mews extension in 2007, adding 26 junior and master suites. For a review of the hotel from July 2009, click here.
Report by Mark Caswell