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Old Aug 14, 18, 11:33 am
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Originally Posted by jonjparr View Post
I think it depends on the room / suite type as to how much light you get in your accommodation at The Lanesborough. If you’re central facing or facing another building they can be a touch dark but the large suites with views of the Wellington Arch have lots of natural light partly due to the number of full height windows but also because there’s nothing blocking light in front of them. Agreed about Céleste - we love it too!
No objection and you must like the style. It´s not for everyone.
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No objection and you must like the style. It´s not for everyone.
Completely appreciate that The Lanesborough is not everyone’s style preference - it is definitely a polarising property. But we love their Buckingham Suites!
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Old Aug 14, 18, 7:02 pm
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Room type is definitely important regarding the light at The Lanesborough. I don't think you could accuse their St. James' suites as being dark


Still, I do not like the style either, but I will continue to stay there now and again just for my love of their spa. My biggest disappointment for The Lanesborough is their food; Celeste went really downhill last year, and Nicolas Rouzaud leaving to become pasty chef at The Connaught ruined breakfast at the same time. At least you can easily walk to Zuma or the surprisingly good HIDE.
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Originally Posted by MacMyDay View Post
Room type is definitely important regarding the light at The Lanesborough. I don't think you could accuse their St. James' suites as being dark

https://www.flickr.com/photos/132880...57682704805165

Still, I do not like the style either, but I will continue to stay there now and again just for my love of their spa. My biggest disappointment for The Lanesborough is their food; Celeste went really downhill last year, and Nicolas Rouzaud leaving to become pasty chef at The Connaught ruined breakfast at the same time. At least you can easily walk to Zuma or the surprisingly good HIDE.
Indeed. I don't quite like the style of the Lanesborough, and all the wooden brown features makes the room feel inherently darker to me
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Old Aug 15, 18, 3:12 am
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Originally Posted by MacMyDay View Post
Room type is definitely important regarding the light at The Lanesborough. I don't think you could accuse their St. James' suites as being dark

https://www.flickr.com/photos/132880...57682704805165

Still, I do not like the style either, but I will continue to stay there now and again just for my love of their spa. My biggest disappointment for The Lanesborough is their food; Celeste went really downhill last year, and Nicolas Rouzaud leaving to become pasty chef at The Connaught ruined breakfast at the same time. At least you can easily walk to Zuma or the surprisingly good HIDE.
All true. To be honest I like the style of the St. James Suite more than the one of the Buckingham Suite. But again, absolutely personal taste.
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Old Aug 16, 18, 7:37 am
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Lanesborough has some interesting floorplans
note style is not same within categories

Originally Posted by jonjparr View Post
If you’re central facing or facing another building they can be a touch dark but the large suites with views of the Wellington Arch have lots of natural light partly due to the number of full height windows but also because there’s nothing blocking light in front of them.
sounds like avoiding courtyard and southwest view

seems some (junior?) are wellington arch & southeast (construction?)
oetkercollection.com/destinations/the-lanesborough/rooms-suites/suites/junior-suite/

buckingham (matches jonjparr) / st james >

vs grosvenor (looks like what MacMyDay was told is st james) >


Originally Posted by jonjparr View Post
We’ve just finished a stay at The Lanesborough in a Buckingham Suite. Without a doubt it was the best city hotel stay I’ve ever done.

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Uh oh https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/b...otel-zd5zt97l6

The billionaire owners of the Ritz and the Telegraph newspapers are close to buying the five-star Beaumont hotel in London after outbidding its operators, the restaurant doyens Christopher Corbin and Jeremy King.

Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay — the secretive twins who live in the Channel Islands — are understood to have agreed to buy the Mayfair hotel’s lease from the Grosvenor Estate for between £125m and £140m.

The auction attracted serious interest from five bidders, including the Singapore hotel company Royal Group as well as Corbin & King, which runs smart London restaurants such as the Wolseley.

Corbin & King designed the Beaumont, hoping it would be “the ultimate achievement in hospitality”, and has run the hotel since it opened in 2014. The decision by the Duke of Westminster’s empire to sell the lease to the Barclays could spell bad news for Corbin & King as the tycoons are likely to take over running the hotel themselves.

The Beaumont has 73 rooms. It features a huge sculpture by the artist Sir Antony Gormley, which contains a bedroom and looks like crouching man.

King, 64, designed many other parts of the hotel himself. There are 1,700 paintings, photographs and objets d’art on an American prohibition-era theme, many of which were sourced by King and his wife, furniture specialist Lauren Gurvich.

Grosvenor paid for much of the hotel’s development, but the estate’s relationship with Corbin & King soured in 2016 when the Beaumont’s financial performance proved less impressive than forecast.

Grosvenor cancelled Corbin & King’s lease and put the restaurant group on a contract to manage the property instead. Grosvenor hired the agency JLL to market the lease this year.

The Barclays are understood to have exchanged contracts. The brothers’ bid was led by their lieutenant Richard Faber.

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Major Security Problem at London's Savoy Hotel

I was alerted to this video the other day:

I am quite surprised (to say the least) that The Savoy in London has such tremendous security problems... this non-resident 'guest':

- was walking around the property for more than an hour
- forced the elevator shaft doors open
- climbed into the elevator shaft inside the Savoy and got on top of an elevator car (sic!)
- used a stolen (?) key to operate the elevator
- used service elevators without permission
- seemed to cause an elevator to get stuck
- sneaked into meeting rooms and MICE-related areas of the hotel
- walked around the hotel's hallways
- I could go on...

How is this possible? Under Fairmont management? And this ownership... certainly they should have noticed these individuals in one of their various CCTV systems or when they used a phone on property or just by the team / security doing their rounds.

Despite this awful behavior, I am inclined to believe that these individuals in question and on YouTube didn't want to harm any of the guests, but I don't even want to begin to wonder what damage they could have done if they had other plans.

What happened here should have never happened and knowing this I would never stay there ever again, even if it was my preferred London hotel.

As all of you are very well traveled and experienced here, I would like to hear your thoughts?
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I am quite surprised (to say the least) that The Savoy in London has such tremendous security problems...
As all of you are very well traveled and experienced here, I would like to hear your thoughts?
I wasn’t particularly interested in the Savoy before, thinking it quite dated and well past its prime. This episode suggests the management and security are just as dated and worrisome.

But I still assume it was more a prank than any Ill-intentioned malfeasance. Are there frat boys in the UK?
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I wasn’t particularly interested in the Savoy before, thinking it quite dated and well past its prime. This episode suggests the management and security are just as dated and worrisome.

But I still assume it was more a prank than any Ill-intentioned malfeasance. Are there frat boys in the UK?
I agree that it was most likely a prank, but what really bothers me is how far they came and what they were able to do... this shouldn't have happened.
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They are indeed going to run The Beaumont themselves. Corbyn & King are out. GM Jannes Soerensen will stay, but for how long, I wonder.
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Shangri-La at the Shard - location question

My favorite rooms in London are at the Shandri-La, for reasons related to bright light and design. I plan to be there for a 9-night stay (sightseeing, theatre-going, day trips out of London Bridge rail station, shopping mostly in Mayfair). Any suggestions on whether nine nights at the Shard will be inconvenient for all of these various activities? I'm fine taking the tube but am open to other hotel suggestions. I'd stay within Mayfair but can't find large, bright, modern rooms there except on Park Lane itself.
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Old Nov 13, 18, 8:37 am
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