Hotelier Gordon Campbell Gray decided to end his association with One Aldwych, the award-winning London hotel he opened in 1998, to concentrate on developing new properties.
"I'm very proud of what we achieved at One Aldwych, in that we broke the mould of new five-star hotels and created a modern classic, which is just as fresh now as the day it opened," he told Caterer.
"However, I felt the time had come to move on and do new things. To do that I needed to be liberated from One Aldwych in order to have the freedom to be creative elsewhere."
Campbell Gray was speaking from Antigua after his company, Campbell Gray Hotels, ended its management of the privately-owned London hotel, leaving two properties in its portfolio, Carlisle Bay in Antigua and Le Gray in Beirut.
He is now going to concentrate on opening a 60-bedroom hotel with 20 to 30 villas on the Caribbean island of Grenada as well as "conclude a major hotel deal".
"I was worried for some time about cutting loose from One Aldwych, but now that I have done it I feel re-energised and excited to move on to new things," he said.
By Janet Harmer
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