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Old Mar 4, 2013, 8:08 am
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Originally Posted by TRAVELSIG
The review last week in the Financial Times of the restaurant trashed it to a level I have not seen in a few years coming from them.
I didn't see it - which restaurant did they review?
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Old Mar 4, 2013, 8:15 am
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Originally Posted by vuittonsofstyle
I didn't see it - which restaurant did they review?
Quite the typo on my part (memory slip)- it was the Guardian:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandsty...the-cafe-royal
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Old Mar 4, 2013, 8:33 am
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Originally Posted by TRAVELSIG
Quite the typo on my part (memory slip)- it was the Guardian:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandsty...the-cafe-royal
Ohhhh...Jay Rayner......

Thing is, I am not sure why restaurant critics are reviewing what is an all-day-dining restaurant. The Ten Room is where they service breakfast, lunch and dinner in a very casual style. It is not meant to be a gourmet venue!! So what are the critics doing there?
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Old Mar 4, 2013, 8:36 am
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Originally Posted by vuittonsofstyle
Ohhhh...Jay Rayner......

Thing is, I am not sure why restaurant critics are reviewing what is an all-day-dining restaurant. The Ten Room is where they service breakfast, lunch and dinner in a very casual style. It is not meant to be a gourmet venue!! So what are the critics doing there?
Excellent question.
This did a good job of confusing me as I assumed (incorrectly) that the Ten Room must be the fine dining venue of the hotel.
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Old Mar 4, 2013, 8:45 am
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Originally Posted by TRAVELSIG
Excellent question.
This did a good job of confusing me as I assumed (incorrectly) that the Ten Room must be the fine dining venue of the hotel.
Nope. They do an excellent breakfast, but the fine dining venue is The Domino - http://www.hotelcaferoyal.com/restau...rs/the-domino/ - not open when I stayed, or it seems when the critics were let loose! I also wonder why they did not mention The Grill Room, which is now a champagne & caviar bar. Surely no axes to grind?
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Old Mar 4, 2013, 8:55 am
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Originally Posted by vuittonsofstyle
Nope. They do an excellent breakfast, but the fine dining venue is The Domino - http://www.hotelcaferoyal.com/restau...rs/the-domino/ - not open when I stayed, or it seems when the critics were let loose! I also wonder why they did not mention The Grill Room, which is now a champagne & caviar bar. Surely no axes to grind?
Thanks- next time I am in that area of London I will be sure to check out at least the Grill Room which looks fun if a tad pricey.
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Old Mar 4, 2013, 8:56 am
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Originally Posted by TRAVELSIG
Thanks- next time I am in that area of London I will be sure to check out at least the Grill Room which looks fun if a tad pricey.
The whole hotel is a 'tad pricey' but no more so than, say, FS Park Lane.
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Old Mar 4, 2013, 8:58 am
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Originally Posted by vuittonsofstyle
The whole hotel is a 'tad pricey' but no more so than, say, FS Park Lane.
Excellent point- in fact in general there are large areas of West and Central London that could be described as even more than a "tad pricey"- still fun places to go and some interesting food to test out.
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Old Mar 4, 2013, 10:34 am
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Rosewood picks up management of Chancery Court Hotel (and old Marriott property)
Seems to still be open, but renovations and relaunch planned for October 2013

See HERE for press release
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Old Mar 4, 2013, 11:32 am
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Rosewood picks up management of Chancery Court Hotel
thanks, funny how companies dont give current name

apr 3 2011 flyertalker posts management change to owner of rosewood
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/marri...l#post16152503

apr 28 2011 article on management change to owner of rosewood
http://www.catererandhotelkeeper.co....ourt-hotel.htm

jun 11 2011 owner of rosewood began managing
http://www.luxury-hospitality-daily....ctu_detail.php

jun 20 2011 owner of rosewood announced acquisition of rosewood

noticed renovation construction mentioned on tripadvisor in nov 2011 (and before?)

interesting, with their own street entrances >
- rosewood press mentions ?-6BR manor house suite
- ritz has 1-3BR william kent house (incl event space)
- haymarket has 2-5BR townhouse

http://www.catererandhotelkeeper.co....ood-London.htm
Matthias Roeke, who arrived in London nearly two years ago as general manager of the Chancery Court hotel, has been appointed as managing director of Rosewood London

property opened as a hotel in 2000 as the Renaissance Chancery Court, under the management of Marriott.

The hotel ended its association with Marriott in June 2011 and has since been managed by its owner the Hong Kong-based company HPI, owned by the Chang family
so owner of rosewood (new world - cheng) may have owned the whole time

http://connection.ebscohost.com/c/ar...uires-stouffer
1993 Cheng family owned New World Development Co. Ltd.'s purchase of the Stouffer hotel
http://www.businesstravelnews.com/Mo...7-04-14/?a=btn
1997

Wrapping up its billion-dollar acquisition of the Renaissance Hotel Group this month, Marriott International has gained an Asian development partner

Marriott also has forged a strategic alliance with Hong Kong-based New World Development Co., the principal Renaissance shareholder prior to the transaction
1989 former tenant of building leaves
dec 2000 chancery court opened as renaissance marriott

http://www.hotelsthatwerenot.com/pro...?shopprodid=67 says 4 year renovation prior to opening

the point of this post was that the media is not doing its job. owner of rosewood has owned the whole time, and has been managing since marriott contract ended. they are only just now branding it as rosewood. and that renovation is not happening now, its been happening for years, again because its same owner, and theyve been self managing for almost 2 years.

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Old Mar 4, 2013, 1:07 pm
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Originally Posted by vuittonsofstyle
Ohhhh...Jay Rayner......

Thing is, I am not sure why restaurant critics are reviewing what is an all-day-dining restaurant. The Ten Room is where they service breakfast, lunch and dinner in a very casual style. It is not meant to be a gourmet venue!! So what are the critics doing there?
Evidently lured there by its pretentiousness. Which it was apparently unable to live up to.
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Old Mar 4, 2013, 3:45 pm
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Originally Posted by vuittonsofstyle
Ohhhh...Jay Rayner......

Thing is, I am not sure why restaurant critics are reviewing what is an all-day-dining restaurant. The Ten Room is where they service breakfast, lunch and dinner in a very casual style. It is not meant to be a gourmet venue!! So what are the critics doing there?
Not sure why restaurant critics shouldn't review The Ten Room irrespective of its standing within the Hotel. Most newspaper restaurant critics usually review a much wider range of restaurants than gourmet venues as the vast majority of their readers, even those who dine out regularly, do not dine at gourmet restaurants regularly.

It did seem as though no matter what he wasn't going to find anything to like though, but like most reviewers on a good day a small mistake will be forgiven but on a bad day that very same mistake will be a thing to make a song and dance over.
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Old Mar 4, 2013, 3:53 pm
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I wanted to bring everyone's attention to The Wellesley Hotel, located in Knightsbridge. Haven't seen any posts about it on the forum, so thought I would let you all know (in case you don't already). It opened recently, this past December, after a 40 million renovation. For those of you familiar, it was the former location of the famous "Pizza on the Park" restaurant which was open for years and famous for their jazz lounge. The Wellesley have done an absolutely amazing job restoring it into a 1920's style art deco hotel, only 36 rooms (mostly suites) all done up to the highest quality (designed by Fox Linton). It offers contemporary luxury, traditional glamour and uncompromising service in one of Londons most prestigious locations. The whole idea around the hotel is to make it London's first 6 star property, and I am certain that with time they can most definitely achieve this.

They offer 24 hour Butler service, Wellesley Rolls Royce courtesy drop off (Custom made Rolls, at your service), your own personal tablet every aspect has been considered and is to the utmost quality. Every suite bears the name of a legendary figure from the roaring era Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Rudolph Valentino, Josephine Baker, to name a few. Glamorous pictures of personalities such Marlene Dietrich grace the small, intimate hallways.

Not to forget, in keeping with the traditions of the past, they have a wonderful jazz lounge with live jazz acts Thursday to Saturday nights (starting at 10:30pm), a fine dining (very intimate) Italian restaurant, and two cigar terraces at the front of the hotel where you can sit outside no matter what the weather and feel like it's 25 degrees...ultimate luxury.

Rates are high (they are still offering post-opening welcome rates), but it is all worth it as the service is second to none and truly worth staying a night or even just stopping by for a cocktail and some jazz.

Miss Brigitte
Seeing as this is your first post on FT and also noticing that you give your address as London, I am wondering if you have any connection with this hotel other than as a customer.

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Old Mar 4, 2013, 4:04 pm
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Originally Posted by RichardInSF
Seeing as this is your first post on FT and also noticing that you give your address as London, I am wondering if you have any connection with this hotel other than as a customer.

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The hotel sounds tiring from the breathless description alone.
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Old Mar 4, 2013, 4:55 pm
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Wellesley

Miss Brigitte
front office manager Brigitte C. Ebner
http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/brigitte-c-ebner/31/3a7/993
linkedin and FT profile link a site, which links linkedin
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/membe...sbrigitte.html

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