The Carlton Tower Jumeirah opens in Knightsbridge
Iconic 1960s tower hotel reopens after extensive refurbishment
Global luxury hospitality brand Jumeirah Group will this week unveil The Carlton Tower Jumeirah, its European flagship hotel in the heart of London’s fashionable Knightsbridge.
Following a 18-month closure for refurbishment, the hotel has undergone the most extensive makeover in its history at a cost of over £100 million. Every corner of the 17-story building has been redesigned, creating a new foyer and reception, 186 new bedrooms and suites reduced from 216 to offer larger accommodations, a new health club and spa with London’s largest naturally lit swimming pool, a restaurant, lobby bar and lounge, ballroom and meetings rooms.
The five-star property originally opened in 1961 as London’s first tower hotel and was celebrated for being the tallest in London at the time. Designed by Henry End, also responsible for the interiors of the Plaza Hotel in New York, the hotel is now transformed by esteemed interior and architecture design studio 1508 London.
The design practice has drawn on the hotel’s glamorous heritage and location to create a modern classic with a timeless, refined interior and sense of grandeur. Respectful of the building’s original, clean Modernist style, 1508 London has layered the eclectic mix of the architecture of the surrounding mansion blocks and homes, adding soft curved edges, pops of bright colour and organic inspired forms throughout.
The hotel’s enviable position overlooking Cadogan Gardens, the private gardens designed in 1804, is further reflected throughout the hotel, reminding guests of their unique access to this covetable green space and tennis courts, normally only open to residents.
The 186 beautifully appointed guest rooms have all been renovated to the highest standard, designed to offer a sense of tranquillity with an emphasis on light and space. Almost 50% of the keys at The Carlton Tower are suites, reflecting the hotel patrons’ historical preference for increased space and longer stays. 87 of the rooms and suites have the fantastic benefit of a balcony, taking advantage of the stunning views across London.
Combining a modernist aesthetic with minimal style, the accommodations feature textured wall panelling, furnishing in softer forms and accents in a warm colour palette influenced by British heritage hues in deep blue, greens and maroon as well as floor to ceiling marble bathrooms with toiletries by Grown Alchemist. Newly created is the Royal Suite, the hotel’s most exclusive residence featuring three bedrooms with the option to rent the entire floor for the utmost in security and discretion.