Twenty14 Holdings, the hospitality investment arm of Abu Dhabi-based LuLu Group International has announced the opening of its new iconic hotel, Great Scotland Yard, in London.
The property, located in the St. James’s district of Westminster, is being managed by Hyatt under its Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand, and will be open for business from December 9.
Steeped in history, The Great Scotland Yard was once a dwelling for visiting Kings of Scotland during the Tudor period, while today the building is most famous as the former headquarters of the London Metropolitan Police force. In 1910, the building served as the British Army Recruitment Office and Royal Military Police headquarters.
The historic property was acquired in 2015 for Rs1,025 crores ($144.5 million), and the makeover of the hotel involved a further Rs512 crores, said the statement from the group.
Last year, Twenty14 Holdings had acquired the celebrated Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian in Scotland in 2018, thus taking its total investments in the UK to £300 million ($394 million).
On the new project, Yusuff Ali MA, Chairman and MD of LuLu Group International, said: "London is one of the world’s greatest cities and the Great Scotland Yard Hotel represents its illustrious past as well as its modern significance. The hotel spotlights the city’s vibrant history, its several celebrated aspects and its status as a global melting pot."
"In essence, we have curated an unmatched experience for every guest while recreating the historic premises into a symbol of ultimate hospitality. We welcome you to experience this unique and fabulous experience at the Great Scotland Yard," he stated.
An 1820s Grade II listed building with Edwardian & Victorian architecture, the high-end luxury boutique hotel with 7 floors and spanning 93,000 sq. ft. has 153 rooms and 15 suites apart from a two-bedroom townhouse VIP-suite created from part of the original Scotland Yard Police premises.
The hotel also features a library, gymnasium, meeting/conference rooms, a 120-seater conference space/ballroom and VIP function rooms, said the developer.
Twenty14 Holdings' Managing Director Adeeb Ahamed said: “The Great Scotland Yard Hotel is a dream come true for us. The culmination of a path set long ago. Transforming one of the world’s most historic addresses into an icon of modern hospitality."
"Our focus remained steady right through, keeping the building’s reputation in mind, every effort made in its rebirth had to be extraordinary, beyond expectations. And, this is what has been accomplished. The Great Scotland Yard Hotel invites you to experience its myriad stories," he noted.
Once the famous and historical home of law and order in London's City of Westminster, Great Scotland Yard will be a modern destination, an innovative and lively space offering multiple F&B options – The Yard, The Forty Elephants, The Parlour and Sibín serving international & British modern food under the supervision of acclaimed Chef & restaurateur Robin Gill.
The hotel has partnered with the Koestler Trust, the UK prison arts charity, to showcase some of the award-winning pictures, ceramics, and sculptures by serving prisoners from the Trust’s annual competition.
The themed luxury hotel has secret doors, hidden rooms, shields, emblems, and historic details etched into glass and metalwork.
Walls are lined in walnut paneling, antique bronze mirror work, and bespoke joinery, secret doors give access to the whiskey bar and signature restaurant, marble marquetry design flooring graces the cocktail bar with built-in banquet seating lined with button-cushion leather.
Newly commissioned works of art and curated interior displays using antiques, collectables, and ephemera recall multiple aspects of the history of crime, detective work, and the police—as well as the hotel’s location.
Peter Fulton, Group President EAME/SWA, Hyatt Hotels said “We at Hyatt feel extremely proud to find ourselves charged with preserving the illustrious heritage of this iconic building and give it a new life as the first hotel within The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, a portfolio of independent hotel properties, ranging from historic urban gems to contemporary trend-setters.
"Whether it is a fascinating past, an exclusive location, famous architecture and design or an award-winning dining experience, each hotel has its own distinct narrative and creates novel, story-worthy experiences for guests, while at the same time offering World of Hyatt members all of the program’s benefits. I could not think of a better London home for this brand, which is all about creating unique stays and story-worthy experiences," stated Fulton.
"I want to thank the Lulu Group for putting their trust in us and handing us the keys to this one-of-a-kind hotel. We look forward to our continued success and building further on the fruitful relationship between Hyatt and the Lulu Group," he added.-TradeArabia News Service