London’s Albany Hotel, formerly part of Ali Jalali’s ill-fated hotel empire, reopened last week after the completion of a £5.7m refurbishment.
The 79-bedroom property in Earls Court was bought out of receivership last year by Realco, a subsidiary of the Kuwaiti Algerian Investment Company which has hotel interests in the Middle East and Africa.
General manager of the three-star-standard Albany is William Halligan who was previously at the nearby Burns Park Hotel.
All fixtures and fittings were imported from China, and a leading Chinese chef is awaiting Home Office clearance to run the kitchens of the hotel’s 80-seat Dynasty restaurant.
Sale rumour false
Following the death of Bob Payton two weeks ago, his Leicestershire country house hotel Stapleford Park will be run by his wife Wendy Payton and general manager Mark Scott.
Rumours that the hotel is up for sale are unfounded, say Mrs Payton and Humberts Leisure, the property agent charged with selling the hotel before it was taken off the market two years ago.