Bailey's Hotel in London has relaunched this month with a new look, following a £7.5m refurbishment. The new design aims to reflect the Bailey's origins as one of the first generation of purpose-built hotels in the capital. Founded by James Bailey, it opened in Kensington in 1876. The refurbishment has seen a total redesign of all guest rooms with new fixtures and fittings. The new look was inspired by digging into the archives of the hotel. There was an emphasis on working with UK-based suppliers to reinforce the English architecture and original fittings. From this came four design motifs that differentiate each floor. Each is informally named Kensington, Kew, Henley and City Gent. While there are distinct differences on each floor, some elements remain consistent throughout, such as the high and buttoned headboard, the joinery and carpets. Bathrooms have been refurbished with walk-in showers and the modern design harks back to the origins of the building with Victorian details and fittings from Mayfair manufacturer of taps, showers and bathrooms, Perrin & Rowe. The public spaces have a new, traditional-style parquet floor and hand-tufted rugs.
Relaunched January 2016
Operator Millennium & Copthorne Hotels
Designer ADS Design
DoubleTree by Hilton
A new DoubleTree hotel has opened in London's Kensington after Crimson Hotels acquired the Regency property from Comcrest in October last year for £100m. It joins a further 27 DoubleTree by Hilton hotels in the UK.
Facilities Regency restaurant, 100 Queen's Gate bar and lounge, eight meeting rooms, Wi-Fi, 32-inch HDTVs and in-room safes in guest rooms.
Inamo Covent Garden
Restaurant business Inamo has relocated its London St James's site to Covent Garden, in the site of what was Café des Amis. The pan-Asian restaurant is known for using an e-table system that allows diners to order through menu projected onto the table.
Founder Noel Hunwick
Chief executive and managing director Lee Skinner
Nadler Hotel Group's newest opening, the Nadler Victoria, opened this month. Close to Buckingham Palace, this is the third London site for the designer boutique hotel concept.
Founder Robert Nadler
Room features Mini kitchens with Nespresso machines, Brita water filters, microwaves, free Wi-Fi and national phone calls
Starting rate £120 per room for a small double