By Shane McGinley
The Lanesborough Hotel will close for nearly a year on December 20 for a complete renovation
A five-star London hotel owned by the Abu Dhabi government is likely to raise nearly $2m when it auctions off thousands of its luxury furnishings and fittings ahead of a planned refit due to start later this month.
The Lanesborough Hotel, which was founded as a hospital in 1827 and became a five-star hotel in 1991, is reportedly owned by the Abu Dhabi government. Located on London’s Hyde Park Corner between Knightsbridge and St James's Park, it is home to Heinz Beck’s Michelin-starred Apsleys and is managed by the St Regis Starwood Hotels.
Popular with celebrities and wealthy Russian and Arab guests, around 3,500 items are set to go under the hammer during an auction which will run from December 9 to 13.
The furnishings and fittings, which range from £5,000 ($8,207) chandeliers and four-poster beds to small framed prints and paintings, are likely to raise an estimated £1.2m ($1.97m).
The 93-room hotel, where rates currently start from £400 a night, will close on December 20 for a complete renovation.
The new designs were conceived by world renowned interior designer Alberto Pinto and the refit will mark the final project he worked on before his death last year. The hotel is set to reopen in the fourth quarter of 2014.
“Since we first opened 22 years ago, we have been dedicated to surpassing guest’s expectations with attention to detail and unrivalled service. We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of the hotel industry, undertaking regular updates, however this marks an unprecedented renovation project,” said Geoffrey Gelardi, managing director of The Lanesborough.
“Through Alberto Pinto’s talent and vision combined with the latest innovations, we will undoubtedly reaffirm ourselves as one of the most distinguished and luxurious hotels in the world. We look forward to unveiling a new era for The Lanesborough.”
So Abu Dhabi throws away decades of history and heritage and will replace it with a replica of the sterile marble monoliths that have become the norm here in the UAE. What a shame.
Can't you read ? It was only made a hotel in 1991. Before that it was a hospital. So what they're selling is 1991 vintage stuff not anything from the 19th century.
I've walked passed this hotel many times. I never knew for sure if it was a hotel or not until today. There are no labels or anything of the sort outside.