Two central London hotels have been signed up by the Luxury Collection, the former Starwood Hotels & Resorts brand now owned by Marriott International.
The 36-bedroom Wellesley hotel (pictured) in Knightsbridge and the five-AA-star, 268-bedroom Westbury hotel in Mayfair will join the brand in the first half of 2017 under franchise agreements with their respective owners.
They join two other Luxury Collection hotels in the UK: Trump Turnberry in Ayrshire and the Park Tower Knightsbridge in London.
Opened in 2012, the Wellesley is owned by City and Country Hotels, a subsidiary of Arab Investments. It was initially managed by Bespoke Hotels on a white label basis. Overlooking Hyde Park, the property features the Oval restaurant, Crystal bar and Jazz lounge.
The Westbury htoel, owned by Cola Holdings, is currently being refurbished by Alex Kravetz Designs. It features the Michelin-starred Alyn Williams at the Westbury restaurant and the Tsukiji Sushi outlet, as well as Polo bar. The hotel will join the Luxury Collection on completion of the renovation next spring.
The two London hotels have been announced as new additions to the Luxury Collection alongside three other European hotels: Hôtel de Berri, Paris, France; Cristallo, Cortina, Italy; and the Alexander, Yerevan, Armenia.
Mitzi Gaskins, global brand leader, the Luxury Collection, said that the brand's global growth strategy consolidated Marriott's position as "the leading hospitality company serving the luxury consumer".
"Europe offers tremendous potential and we are committed to increasing our footprint significantly with the world's finest luxury hotels over the next few years. Our goal is to open 12 Luxury Collection hotels globally by the end of 2017, and with these five additions in Europe, we are well on track."
The Luxury Collection, which currently comprises 111 hotels across 30 countries, is one of 30 brands now owned by Marriott International