London’s iconic Lanesborough Hotel becomes the latest masterpiece in the Oetker Collection.
Oetker Collection, which owns and manages some of the best-known hotels in the world, is to bring its expertise to the United Kingdom for the first time and will manage one of London’s most celebrated addresses, The Lanesborough.
Frank Marrenbach, CEO Oetker Collection, said: “The Lanesborough is clearly a landmark within the European hospitality landscape with an exceptional heritage and a strong and unique identity, and it will fit perfectly in our Collection of Masterpiece Hotels. The partnership between Oetker Collection and The Lanesborough provides a great potential for us to bring our signature service to guests who have a passion for living. I am very pleased that The Lanesborough will continue to be run day-to-day by long serving Managing Director Geoffrey Gelardi, a seasoned hotelier who took up his role in 1990. We are proud to have him on board.”
With its exceptional central location, The Lanesborough overlooks Hyde Park Corner, near Buckingham Palace, and has been closed since the end of 2013 for a complete renovation. It has 93 rooms and suites as well as a spa and extensive dining options.
Under Oetker Collection management, The Lanesborough will re-open as a masterpiece hotel in Spring 2015. The renovation will embody the signature style that has become synonymous with The Lanesborough over its long history, signed by late interior designer Alberto Pinto.
Guests will enjoy an exquisite and refined dining experience at Apsleys from breakfast to dinner without forgetting the legendary Lanesborough Afternoon Tea. Next to Apsleys are: the Withdrawing Room and the Library bar, housing the “Liquid History”, a collection of vintage cognacs, some of which are over 200 years old. Tucked away at the rear of the hotel, guests will find the Garden Room, the first and most luxurious cigar terrace in Knightsbridge and the best cigar lounge in London. The Lanesborough offers seven individually designed private dining rooms, the largest accommodating one hundred and eighty guests for a reception.
Geoffrey Gelardi, Managing Director, The Lanesborough declared: “We are delighted to join the Oetker Collection which embodies the finest of traditional European hospitality. We think our guests will love the new design and style of service when The Lanesborough re-opens in spring, maintaining its continued success since 1991. After 18 months of complete renovation, our aim is to resume our premier position in the London market.”
Frank Marrenbach added: “London is one of the most exciting cities in the world and certainly a strategic destination for Oetker Collection. The Lanesborough will be a perfect sister hotel with Le Bristol Paris, offering two major urban hotels on each side of the Channel and creating exciting synergies between both hotels and the entire Collection. It is our intent to anchor The Lanesborough as part of London life, a true symbol of a cosmopolitan and vibrant capital.”
Oetker Collection owns and manages eight hotels worldwide, in addition to The Lanesborough – Le Bristol Paris, Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Chateau Saint-Martin & Spa, Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa, Eden Rock – St. Barths, Fregate Island Private, Palais Namaskar, and L’Apogée Courchevel.
Villa Stephanie at Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa will open in January 2015.