The companies behind hotel group Red Carnation’s UK operations enjoyed a strong increase in revenue in 2018, following the completion of a major refurbishment of the Rubens at the Palace hotel in Westminster.
Chesterfield (Mayfair), the company that operates Red Carnation’s six London hotels and bbar restaurant in Victoria, saw revenue grow to £45.7m for the year to 31 December 2018, up from £41.6m the year before.
The jump in revenue reflected the reopening of the 163-bedroom Rubens and the adjoining Hotel 41 at the end of 2017, after a multimillion-pound revamp overseen by Red Carnation’s founder Bea Tollman. All of the Rubens’ rooms were refurbished while two new restaurants – the brasserie-style English Grill, and the Curry Room – were introduced. The refurbishment saw the hotel awarded a five-star rating by the AA in 2018.
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