London's Chancery Court hotel is to undergo a £85m renovation to be transformed into the Rosewood London.
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.
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, whose properties include the Carlyle in New York and Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas, will take over the management in October. The company one-time managed the Lanesborough hotel, before its operation was taken over by Starwood Hotels & Resorts under its St Regis brand.
New York-based Tony Chi and Associates will oversee the design of the public and event space of the hotel to create the feel of "a stylish London residence", blending English heritage with contemporary touches.
Original features of the Edwardian Belle Époque building, such as the original carriageway entrance to the arrival courtyard and the Pavonazzo marble staircase rising over seven storeys, will be retained. As a listed building, the faÁ§ade and the interiors' dark mahogany and rare marble will be preserved while restored original marble columns in the lobby will be complemented by new stone and mosaic flooring.
Meanwhile, Martin Brudnizk, known for his work on Scott's, 34 and Le Caprice, is designing the new restaurant restaurant, with outdoor terrace, and bar.
The hotel will feature 11 events spaces, including a ballroom for up to 435 guests, with a show kitchen featured in one of two private dining rooms. Leisure facilities will include Sense spa, Rosewood's signature spa brand, and a fitness suite.
The hotel's top suite - the Manor House - will be accessed via its own street entrance, with the flexible configuration of six bedrooms and 6,318sq ft of living space.
Radha Arora, president of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, said: "Rosewood London will be a milestone addition to our portfolio, not only as it is in a major European capital, but because the legacy of the historic building itself is a true representation of our A Sense of Place philosophy. We are delighted to introduce once again a classic and one-of-a-kind hotel to our Rosewood guests."
Matthias Roeke (pictured), 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. Roeke has more than 20 years' experience of luxury hotel management and prior to coming to London spent seven years with Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts.