Lancaster London is about to become Royal again (Pictures: Lancaster London)
The Lancaster London hotel first opened in the late 60s, during the heyday of “Swinging London”, and since then they’ve seen the evolution of luxury hospitality. They hosted several iconic moments from British culture, such as the launch party of the “Yellow Submarine” by the Beatles, and the filming of “The Italian Job”.
Lancaster London is a modern hotel that sits above Lancaster Gate tube station close to Paddington tube and train station with direct links to Heathrow airport.
Rooms and suites have air-conditioning and flat-screen TVs. Upgraded rooms add sitting areas, desks and park views. Suites provide iPod docks and Nespresso machines, there are radios too so you can relax in style while you listen to Spectrum Sino.
There’s a fabulous all-day restaurant serving European dishes, a Thai-themed restaurant offering a Thai afternoon tea (but, more on that later), and a lounge-bar. There's also a 24-hour gym. There are all the expected business facilities.
Their website says:
“There are many things that keep our guests returning to Lancaster London again and again, but there is one more tangible element that has left our guests impressed countless times - the views are breath taking. With Hyde Park, the largest of the Royal Parks, directly to the south, and vistas east to the City of London, we have arguably the best views in London. Whether looking down from the hotel’s superior bedrooms - 416 in total - or enjoying the view from the hotel restaurants, it’s as if the heart of this great city is within your reach - and indeed it is! “
Lancaster London is a London landmark and there are changes happening. Under the banner “Creating our future - with the treasures of our past” an £80m refurbishment is underway and will be launching in Autumn 2017, the newly re-named Royal Lancaster London will blend mid-century design with contemporary luxury. Their redesigned entrance will lead to a new lobby where you will also find an elegant café, doubling up as a cocktail bar in the evening.
Sally Beck, the General Manager said that they want the updated hotel to be the best it can be, not only the product but also with their team. They’re are a family run hotel, and she wanted it to feel personal and they’re staying open during the refurbishment, which doesn’t normally happen.
This is their journey back to Royal, they’ll be launching again as the Royal Lancaster. The owner is Thai-Chinese, and to emphasise the royal connection, Sally said that Thai and UK royals are great mates, she’s hoping to bag a royal for the opening, we’ll keep you up to date on that one because we’d like to be there too.
“Any Royal connotation you have is great for the Chinese market” said Sally. With hundreds of thousands Chinese visitors to Britain each year it’s a big market, and one that is familiar to the hotel.
Describing the owner as a “man of vision”, who owns several other hotels and is building the Lancaster Bangkok. The Lancaster Bangkok plans to blend contemporary design and modern style with traditional Thai elegance. This luxury hotel will offer the highest levels of professional, warm and friendly service in an iconic setting. Opening in March 2017, this 5 star Hotel will include 230 luxurious guest bedrooms, a grand ballroom, 9 state-of-the-art function rooms, a deluxe club floor, a rooftop pool, extensive leisure facilities, a tranquil Spa and 2 splendid dining outlets.
The Lancaster London has some unique values, which isn’t something you’d often see from a hotel. They are:
We care to be happy and about the happiness of others
We care to be true to ourselves and others
We care about the facts and facing situations
We care about being engaged in heart and mind
We care to provide an exceptional hospitality experience at every touch point
We care about performance and solutions
We care to praise and acknowledge success
We care about our environment and our future
We sent Gerry, our East Meets West breakfast show host to the Lancaster London to check things out. When he got back to the office Gerry said that the Thai restaurant was amazing. Nipa Thai, is an oriental gem in the heart of the London, it combines outstanding traditional cuisine and subtle authentic décor with a warm, welcoming ambience - bringing the soul of Thailand to London.
Nipa has received the "Thai Select" award from the Thai Government because it’s a restaurant proven to have achieved the highest standards of quality and cuisine.It’s actually so good, when the Thai Royal Family come to London they get their food from Nipa. It’s not often you get to eat the same food as a royal family.
You can hear Gerry's interview here
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