Rocco Forte's Brown's Hotel Celebrates 175th Anniversary

Rocco Forte Hotels has announced that its Brown’s Hotel is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year. To commemorate the milestone, Brown’s introduces the 175 Years Suite Package, available through December 1. Guests who book a night in one of Brown’s’ suites are invited to enjoy a second night for only £18.37 – 1837 being the year the hotel opened.

The history of London’s first hotel originates in 1837 when James Brown, Lord Byron’s butler, and his wife Sarah, Lady Byron’s maid, acquired the property. Brown’s has welcomed a number of famous guests: Alexander Graham Bell, who made the first UK telephone call from the hotel in 1876; Rudyard Kipling, who wrote ‘The Jungle Book’ while staying at Brown’s; Queen Victoria, who visited the hotel regularly; and crime writer Agatha Christie, who based her novel, “At Bertram’s Hotel” on Brown’s Hotel.

In December 2005, Sir Rocco Forte and his sister Olga Polizzi, director of design, took the helm of this London landmark.

The 175 Years Package includes a full English breakfast for each morning, unpacking and packing service, pressing of garments for the evening of arrival, the use of a mobile phone for all local calls, Internet access, in-house movies and in-room check-in (subject to availability).