A butterfly house and an ice-cream parlour will be among the features to be found at the new Waldorf Astoria hotel, which is due to open in Syon Park, West London, in November.
The 137-bedroom hotel is being built by the Ability Group property development company within the 200-acre park and alongside Syon House, the London home of the Duke of Northumberland.
The Ability Group also owns the Hilton Liverpool, Doubletree by Hilton Cambridge and Doubletree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro, and iscurrently developing the Hilton Garden Inn at Luton Airport.
London Syon Park will join the Bentley in Kensington, London, to become only the second hotel in the UK to operate as a Waldorf Astoria - the luxury brand from Hilton Worldwide. London Hilton has signed a management contract to run the hotel for 25 years.
As well as offering five food and beverage outlets, created by the Gorgeous Group, the hotel will have 1,000 square metres of meeting and event space, a swimming pool, spa and an exclusive agreement with cosmetic surgeon Alex Karidis to provide discreet non-surgical treatments.
"The aim of all Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is to offer unparalleled service and quality, building on the success of the renowned Waldorf Astoria in New York and its legacy of timeless luxury and personalized experiences," said John Vandersloce, global head of luxury and lifestyle brands at Hilton Worldwide.
"London Syon Park, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel will undoubtedly achieve that aim, and guests can expect a truly luxurious experience with the highest level of service and comfort in exceptional surroundings."
Dale Macphee, formerly of the Hilton managed Trafalgar Hotel, London, has been appointed general manager. The interior design is by Camillin Denny.
There are now five Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts open or under development across Europe, with more than 20 worldwide.
Revenue from the development of the hotel is helping to pay for the restoration of historic features within Syon Park designed by Lancelot "Capability" Brown, as well as at Syon House itself, which is home to Robert Adams' interiors.
By Janet Harmer
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