London's luxury hotel The Lanesborough is set to reopen its doors next month for the first time in 18 months after its Abu Dhabi owners splashed out on a multi-million pound makeover.
The historic hotel – which overlooks Hyde Park corner and Buckingham Palace gardens – accommodated politicians, royalty and even disgraced financier Bernie Madoff before closing for refurbishment in December 2013.
It will reopen for bookings on 15 July, with prices ranging from £714 a night to an eye-watering £26,000 for one night in the hotel’s palatial Royal Suite, topping the rankings of London’s most expensive suites.
The 4,800 square feet suite on The Lanesborough’s second floor boasts seven bedrooms and two living rooms with guests given free access to one of the hotel’s chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce Phantom. The design studio of the late Alberto Pinto, whose works included London’s Dorchester hotel, has refurbished the hotel’s 93 guest rooms as well as its lobbies and Michelin-starred restaurant.
A spokesperson declined to comment on the cost of the revamp but said “no expense has been spared” to refurbish the hotel in keeping its Regency style.
Built in 1827, The Lanesborough was home to St George’s hospital before being converted into a hotel in 1991.
It is owned by the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), and will be managed by the Oetker Collection, which won the contract last year.
Oetker chief executive Frank Marrenbach said: “With its strategic location in the heart of London, The Lanesborough ...is a prestigious addition to our portfolio, a major step for our development, and a natural complement to Le Bristol Paris, its sister hotel.”