Robert De Niro behind proposed luxury boutique hotel in London’s Covent Garden

LEGENDARY Hollywood actor Robert De Niro looks set to open a new luxury boutique hotel in London, if plans are approved by the local authority.

The Godfather-star has teamed up with Covent Garden estate owner Capco and BD Hotels to submit the proposal for an 83-bedroom hotel to Westminster Council.

The new London hotel seeks to emulate De Niro’s success with the acclaimed Greenwich Hotel in the Tribeca district of New York.

The proposals, which were submitted to local planners last month, include luxury spa facilities, two restaurants, a deli/café and a members’ club, all built around a central courtyard conservatory.

Known as the Wellington, the new hotel would be developed behind existing period frontages on Covent Garden at a site bounded by Wellington Street, Tavistock Street, Burleigh Street and Exeter Street.

Robert De Niro commented: “London is one of the most exciting and cosmopolitan cities in the world. It makes perfect sense to develop a hotel that represents all of that in the heart of this city in Covent Garden. The Wellington Hotel would honour the heritage of the area, while bringing the best of what we’ve done in New York to London”.

Sarah-Jane Curtis, Director of Capco Covent Garden, commented: “Robert De Niro and BD Hotels have emerged as the world’s leading luxury hoteliers, so The Wellington Hotel is a hugely exciting prospect for London which continues to see strong demand for inventive boutique retreats. This would be our first landmark hotel for the estate and a new icon for the city, continuing our commitment to enliven Covent Garden with bespoke offerings from both global and British brands”.

If Westminster Council gives the green light to the proposals, the Wellington Hotel could open in 2019.

London’s Old Street Magistrates’ Court to reopen as luxury boutique hotel

A FORMER courthouse and police station in London is set to be reborn as a new luxury boutique hotel next month.

Following a £40million renovation the former Old Street Magistrates’ Court and Police Station has been turned into the Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch.

Guests at the new hotel in Old Street will be following in famous, and infamous, footsteps including those of the writer Joe Orton and notorious East London gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray.

The Grade-II Listed property served in its former guise for over ninety years and now been sensitively converted into a hotel offering 86 guest rooms and 42 suites.

Original courtrooms have been turned into a fine dining restaurant and an ultra exclusive members’ bar.  The Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch, sister to the Courthouse Hotel in Great Marlborough Street, is due to open on June 1st.

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Boutique hotel planned at former hospital in Aberdeen

A HISTORIC hospital in Aberdeen could be turned in to a 52-bedroom boutique hotel, if new proposals get the go-ahead.

The new vision for the former Woolmanhill Hospital has been developed by CAF Properties with NHS Grampian and will be submitted to Aberdeen City Council.

Redevelopment of the hospital, built in 1759, would also see dozens of new serviced apartments and also residential properties alongside the hotel.

The hotel and serviced apartments would be operated by Glasgow-based G1 Group. If planning consent is given, the scheme could be completed by 2019.

Elsewhere on boutiquehotels.co.uk, find boutique hotels in Aberdeen.

Image source: CAF Properties

New boutique hotel planned for historic site in Bath

A NEW boutique hotel promising a “a touch of modern glamour” plans to open in Bath city centre this summer.

Hoteliers Ian and Christa Taylor have just completed the acquisition of the former Carfax Hotel in the city’s historic Great Pulteney Street.

The hotel, which was owned and run by the Salvation Army until it closed in 2013, was put up for sale earlier this year and marketed with a guide price of £4.5million.

The experienced duo, who run two other hotels in Bath, now plan to turn the property into a 40 bedroom boutique hotel with a cocktail bar, for which planning permission was given by the local council in January 2015.

The hotel is just a stone’s throw from the iconic Pulteney Bridge across the River Avon and is comprised of three Grade I-listed Georgian townhouses.

Ian Taylor commented, “Our new property has one of the best addresses in Bath and incredible potential. We will retain the integrity of the building, in an up-to-date interpretation with a nod to the history of Bath. We can’t wait to reveal more in the coming months.”

The couple’s two other hotels in Bath are the Abbey Hotel and the Villa Magdala.

Boutique hotel in Devon goes on sale for £1.1million

A BOUTIQUE hotel in the centre of Dartmouth, Devon, has gone on sale with a guide price of £1.1million.

Browns Hotel is a four storey townhouse with eight en-suite bedrooms, a wine bar and restaurant.

The hotel, which is located in Victoria Road, close to Dartmouth Harbour, also has a three bedroom owner’s flat which could be suitable for converting to additional hotel accommodation, subject to planning permission.

Browns is being marketed by international estate agent Savills. Martin Rogers, head of UK hotel transactions for the firm, commented:

“This established townhouse hotel offers numerous income streams and has a particularly buoyant trade during the summer months thanks to Dartmouth’s appeal as a tourist destination. This is supplemented out of season by a strong local trade in the popular wine bar and restaurant.”