A former budget hotel in Victoria, London, is to reopen as a 40-bedroom boutique property following a £6.5m renovation.
Work started this week to transform the former Elizabeth Hotel into the Eccleston Square Hotel, which is due to open in spring 2011.
New owner David Byrne, who has previously run hotels in Paris's 8th and 16th arrondissements, bought the Grade II-listed building in March. His daughter, Olivia, will join the hotel following her graduation from the Ecole Hotelière de Lausanne.
With architecture by Woods Bagot, the hotel will have hi-tech bedroom interiors with 3D TVs, iPod docking and free computer-to-computer telephone calls. Beds, costing £12,000 each, will be from Swedish company Hastens.
Bathrooms will include a mirror with hidden TV and a rainfall shower with touch-button opaque glass.
The hotel will have a 49-seat bar and restaurant.
By Janet Harmer
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