Hospitality Today Summer 2018 (#39) - Page 8

8 | Hospitality Today | Summer 2018 HOTEL FOCUS The New Royal Lancaster This issue’s ‘hotel focus’ is on the Royal Lancaster London hotel, which reopened at the end of last year after an £80 million renovation, marking its new incarnation with a return to its original ‘Royal’ name after years as ‘Lancaster London’. In February, the Sunday Times awarded Royal Lancaster London a place in its ‘Top 100 Companies to Work For’ for the third consecutive year. The showpiece of the lobby is a grand sweeping staircase made of 300 square meters of white Carrara marble which wraps around to the first floor (below, right). The hotel overlooking Hyde Park, an iconic novelty in the Sixties that featured in films including The Italian Job, has been completely transformed both internally and externally, including an opulent new entrance. The concept and design was created by London-based Studio Proof. The hotel opened in 1967 and its name can be traced to the House of Lancaster – the victorious faction during the Wars of the Roses, which was later absorbed by the current British monarchy. To honour Queen Victoria, one of the grand entrances to the Kensington Gardens was named ‘Lancaster Gate’. Starting from the end of the 19th century, the name spread to the nearby area (previously known as ‘Upper Hyde Park Gardens’). The local underground station on the Central Line opened in 1900, and was named after the area. The entire frontage of the hotel was remodelled and the