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Guoman Hotels Names Tim Cordon as General Manager
of The Cumberland Hotel, London

 LONDON, Sept. 1, 2010 - Guoman Hotels has announced the appointment of Tim Cordon as general manager of The Cumberland hotel with immediate effect.

Dynamic, passionate and forward thinking, Cordon comes on board with Guoman to further establish the iconic, contemporary, highly design-led, Oxford Street Hotel property as a unique, leading destination in central London.

With a successful ten-year track record in developing flagship properties within the Radisson SAS portfolio, including the leading Radisson Blu Portman Square. Cordon will employ his proven expertise to drive forward the hotel's wide-ranging appeal and continually enhance The Cumberland guest experience in its entirety; delivered from the many bedrooms and ample meetings & events space, to the hotel's late-night destination venue, Carbon.

The appointment sees the property's former general manager Stuart Chappell heading across to Beijing with the group where he will oversee Guoman Hotels' second international hotel opening.

Heiko Figge, managing director, Guoman & Thistle Hotels explained: "Guoman Hotels has warmly welcomed Tim to our group – we are truly delighted and incredibly excited to have this high calibre of hotelier spearheading the future of this multi-faceted property.  Tim's blatant passion and energy that he guarantees to bring to this role will no doubt ensure The Cumberland retains its positing as an international, inspirational, experience-led hotel."

Due to open in 2011, Guoman Hotels' Beijing property comes hot on the heels of the luxurious five star Shanghai hotel which opened in June, further cementing the group's ambitious expansion plans.

Inspired by cutting edge design, The Cumberland captures the imagination with its vibrant and creative environment.  The 1,019 bedroom hotel near Buckingham Palace, includes a range of suites and apartments and provides an ideal location to explore the capital. 

The Cumberland's guests can indulge in Michelin-starred Gary Rhodes' Rhodes W1 restaurant, as well as the Rhodes W1 Brasserie and Patron Bar.

The Cumberland hotel, London is no stranger to innovation. Completed in the 1920s, this imposing hotel near Marble Arch was the first in London to have direct-dial telephones and en-suite bathrooms in every room. Back then, this was revolutionary. Almost a century later, we still aim to challenge convention – and in so doing, surprise and delight our guests.

It begins the moment you walk through the door. Which other West End hotel can boast a lobby that’s also one of London’s most exciting contemporary art galleries? Once inside the hotel, you’ll find the same creativity and flair everywhere you look, from our Michelin-starred Rhodes W1 Restaurant and designer-industrial Carbon Bar to the breathtaking Ocean Room in our dedicated London conference venue.

With more than 1,000 luxurious bedrooms, including Suites and Apartments, The Cumberland hotel is perfectly placed for shopping trips – the hotel overlooks Oxford Street, and Selfridges is just two minutes’ walk away – and the theatres of London’s West End. With the hotel near Marble Arch Tube station, and the mainline terminals at Victoria, Euston and Paddington within easy reach, it’s the ideal place to bring people together for business or pleasure.

About Guoman Hotels
Guoman Hotel Management Limited operates two hotel brands within the UK market; Guoman Hotels, an exclusive collection of deluxe hotels located in central London and Thistle Hotels, a chain of quality full service hotels in the UK's major cities.

Guoman Hotels in the UK consists of four landmark properties with its Strand hotel - the Charing Cross, The CumberlandHotel near Hyde Park, The Royal Horseguards Hotel near Westminster and The Tower. Whilst each hotel in the portfolio is different with its own unique identity and style, each provides the very highest levels of comfort and service to its guests. 

In 2010, Guoman Hotels launched internationally, with its new property opening in Shanghai – with a property in Beijing to follow in 2011.  In the UK, The Grosvenor Victoria property will join the collection in the near future.

Guoman Hotel Management Limited is a wholly-owned subsidiary of GuocoLeisure Ltd, part of the Hong Leong Group which has hospitality and leisure businesses across the globe with hotels in Europe, USA, Australasia and Asia.


James Watts 
020 3008 6280 


Also See: Thistle Hotels Obtains Long Term Management of The Cumberland Hotel, London; The Former Le Meridien Hotel Will be Operated by Thistle under a New Deluxe Brand 'Guoman' / November 2004

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