Red Carnation Hotels


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Red Carnation Hotels is a collection of award-winning five- and four-star hotels in London, Guernsey, Ireland, Switzerland, USA and South Africa.

While the bulk of its estate is located in gateway cities, the group also owns a country house hotel and gastropub in Dorset, along with a standalone bar and restaurant in London.

The group was founded by South African-born Beatrice Tollman in 1984 with the acquisition of the Chesterfield Mayfair hotel in London. It is privately owned by the Tollman family as part of the international Travel Corporation group built up by her husband Stanley since the couple moved to the UK in 1975.

Much like Britain’s Plantagenet dynasty (named after the broom plant – planta genesta – sported by Henry II’s father, Geoffrey of Anjou), the hotel group is named after the signature flower that Stanley wore in his lapel.
Beatrice met hotelier Stanley in the 1950s outside the Oyster Box hotel in Natal (now part of Red Carnation) and the couple opened a number of ground-breaking hotels in South Africa –  including the Nugget, the Hyde Park hotel and the Tollman Towers Hotel ( all in Johannesburg) ¬– before financial difficulties prompted a move to the UK for a restart. 

Beatrice is renowed for her active and frontline involvement in setting the hotels’ signature standards, decor and cuisine – the self-taught cook still makes regular appearances in Red Carnation kitchens to perfect dishes with the chefs and her all-time favourite recipes were published in 2009 in a book A Life In Food.

Key People:

Founder and president: Beatrice Tollman
Managing director: Jonathan Raggett
Executive director: Terry Holmes
Vice-president of finance and administration: Simon Royce
Vice-president of human resources: Liz Mcgivern
Vice-president of marketing: Suzie Wotton
Vice-president of sales: Paul Hemmings
Projects director building and design: Brian Brennan



Operating Data:


Chesterfield Hotel Mayfair
35 Charles Street
London ,