Hotel du Vin Wimbledon has officially launched, two weeks prior to the world of tennis descending on the locality.
Interior designer Stephanie Briggs of Curious Worldwide has overseen the new look, which includes a new reception area with a grander entrance for the hotel; new flooring, furnishing and fittings in the dining areas; and two new suites, the Oak Room and the Lombard.
The bedrooms, where in-room spa treatments will be available, feature Farrow & Ball paint colour and statement wallpaper; while the Orangery is now home to a collection of olive trees.
Phil Lewis joined Hotel du Vin Wimbledon in February from the Metroplitan hotel, London, where he was resident manager. The move marked a return for Lewis to the boutique hotel group, having previously spent seven years in various roles with the company, the most recent one as general manager of Hotel Du Vin Winchester until 2013.
"We're really proud of the changes that have taken place in the hotel over the last few months; we think guests, visitors and local residents will appreciate not just the new look and feel, but also the great dining, the focus on wine and how engaged and passionate our team is," he said. "We look forward to becoming a key element to what makes Wimbledon such an exciting place to live, work in and visit."
Set within 34 acres of Cannizaro Park, adjacent to Wimbledon Common, the hotel dates back to the early 19th century, since when it has played host to Lord Tennyson, Oscar Wilde and the last Maharajah of Punjab. It was sold to Wimbledon Borough Council in 1947, eventually passing out of public ownership 40 years later when it was converted into a hotel.
There are now 16 properties is the Hotel du Vin portfolio, with a 17th set to open in Stratford-upon-Avon, next year.
It is believed that KSL, the US-based owner of Hotel du Vin and sister brand Malmaison, has stalled plans to sell the two groups, having acquired them two years ago for around £200m.
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