|Ooh la la Lanesborough: A look insde Room No. 210, one of the 93 accommodations to get an update.|
This month, we’re all about The Lanesborough in London, which just reopened on July 1 after a massive renovation that spanned two years. The major revamp, led by the renowned design studio Alberto Pinto, touched all areas of the hotel, including the 93 guest rooms and the public areas. Guests should expect the new rooms to be the epitome of elegance with beautiful armoires, desks and a fabulous selection of art. Bathrooms have been designed with fine Italian marble and, we say, the sultry scents of the bath products by the master perfumer Roja Dove are sure to become new guest favorites. Luxury Travel Advisor can’t wait to see the 43 refreshed suites, including the always-in-demand Royal Suite, the largest in the house, boasting 4,800 square feet of space and seven bedrooms. And, its dining room, kitchen and two living rooms give guests memorable views of London and the Constitution Arch.
As for those public areas, the first stop for guests should be the Library Bar and the Withdrawing room. As the name suggests, this is the perfect place to escape the busy streets of Knightsbridge and Hyde Park Corner. A pianist will usher guests inside, where they can sip vintage cognac (some 200 years old). Tucked away, the Garden Room adds another delightful escape. This classic cigar lounge, complete with Cubans and "pre-Castro" cigars, isn’t just a summer hangout. In the winter, the fireplaces are lit and ladies are provided pashmina scarves. As for dining, star chef Florian Favario will be at the helm in Celeste, the Regency-style restaurant.
“We think our guests will love the new design and style of service when The Lanesborough reopens in summer,” says Geoffrey Gelardi, managing director. “After 18 months of complete renovation, our aim is to resume our premier position in the London market.” It will be managed by Oetker Collection and the portfolio of “Masterpiece Hotels.” Contact Linda Linzetto, associate director of sales, at [email protected].