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Published on Monday, October 30, 2017

London's Admiralty Arch to become a luxury hotel







Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts has been appointed to operate a luxury hotel opening in 2022 within London's Admiralty Arch.

The prestigious grade I listed monument, on the corner of Trafalgar Square, was commissioned by King Edward VII in memory of Queen Victoria.

Most recently used as a centre for the UK Government's Cabinet Office, it was previously the official residences of the First Sea Lords and has also been a centre for clandestine wartime intelligence efforts and a Royal Navy outpost.

It was designed by Sir Aston Webb, who was also responsible for The Mall and main facade at Buckingham Palace.

Prime Investors Capital acquired the 250-year lease of the property in 2015 and is now transforming it into a hotel, residences and private members club as part of a refurbishment programme to restore and protect its architectural and historical features.
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The Admiralty Arch Waldorf Astoria will have 96 spacious rooms and suites and three 'world class' restaurants, a rooftop bar with sweeping views across London's skyline, private meetings and event spaces, and a state of the art spa.~

CEO Rafael Serrano said: "We have appointed a team of talented experts with the experience and knowledge to capture the spirit of this magnificent building."

He said Waldorf Astoria was chosen after interest and discussions with 12 top luxury hotel brands.

Christopher J. Nassetta, president and CEO of Hilton, which owns the Waldorf Astoria brand, said: "This agreement marries the timeless elegance of Waldorf Astoria with the historic grandeur of one of London's great monuments. Projects of this calibre are rare, and Admiralty Arch Waldorf Astoria will provide a truly unforgettable hospitality experience when it opens to guests.

"Waldorf Astoria has a legacy of protecting and enhancing historical buildings, from our flagship hotel in New York, which is currently undergoing a comprehensive refurbishment to protect the art deco building for future generations, to this incredible property in London. This partnership brings our iconic luxury brand to London's finest address, and we're proud to partner with Prime Investors Capital Ltd to introduce Waldorf Astoria to London."
 

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  • Great Idea

    What would happen to it otherwise? Let it degenerate whilst nobody looks after it? Great idea, it will be preserved for posterity.

    By Jon Rankin, Tuesday, October 31, 2017

  • A disgrace

    This should not be allowed. What an insult to Queen Victoria and to all of the British people. What are we coming to.......

    By judy mortimer, Monday, October 30, 2017

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