Big news out of London. Rosewood will soon have another hotel in its portfolio in the British capital. Last year we reported that the U.S. Embassy, an enormous Grade II-listed landmark in Mayfair and the biggest American embassy in Western Europe, is being converted into a luxury hotel. Qatari Diar, the owners of the building, planned a £1 billion restoration of Grosvenor Square to return it to its previous state, an “open, expansive green space for residents and visitors to enjoy.” (The security barriers erected after the 9/11 terrorist attacks will be removed, and more pedestrian walkways added.) The American embassy itself is moving to the Nine Elms district of Wandsworth later this year.
Qatari Diar appointed British architect Sir David Chipperfield to oversee the project, which will preserve the building’s original façade by Eero Saarinen. There will be 137 guest rooms, five restaurants, six major retail outlets, a spa, and a spacious ballroom accommodating 1,000 guests.
Rosewood currently manages 20 properties in 11 countries, including the buzz-worthy Hotel de Crillon in Paris, which recently emerged from an extensive, four-year renovation. There are 15 new Rosewood hotels in development.