News for the Hospitality Executive
The Stafford London by Kempinski in London, England Nears
London, April 14, 2011 - A transformation that began in December 2010 is almost complete. On May 3, The Stafford London by Kempinski will open its doors to reveal an updated look after a more than £6 million renovation.
“The changes made will present an updated and yet timeless atmosphere that still showcases our English heritage at every point,” said General Manager Leon Baum. “While guests will notice a change to the physical floor plan of the first floor, the colours that accent each room, and new furnishings, the character of the hotel remains intact.”
A New First Impression
London-based RPW Design focused the overall renovation concept on bringing a new sense of spaciousness and arrival to the hotel. Primarily done by physically opening up the reception, lounge, and restaurant areas, each will flow into one another allowing the excitement of guests checking-in to mingle with the buzz from diners in the new restaurant. Color schemes will be kept consistent throughout creating a cohesive feel; neutral backdrops of grays and creams will be accented by rich, textured fabrics, splashes of bold purples or reds, natural woods, and new parquet and stone floors. The feel will be reminiscent of stepping into a sophisticated townhouse.
Featuring an ivory and gray color palette, rich floral fabrics, unique artwork, and a custom-crafted chandelier, The Lyttelton at The Stafford has been designed to evoke the feeling of dining in a friend’s home. With a name that pays homage to the hotel’s historical residents – in the 17th century the building was the private residence of Lord and Lady Lyttelton– the restaurant will move away from traditional fine dining to offer a casually elegant, welcoming atmosphere.
Menus will feature recently appointed Executive Chef Brendan Fyldes’ rustic British cuisine and include dishes such as: homemade black pudding with poached duck egg, ceps & devilled jus; English veal bolognese pasta; Elwy Valley lamb with mint sauce; elderflower jelly and Plymouth Gin sorbet; and warm spiced cake with salt caramel and honeycomb ice cream.
To further showcase Chef Fyldes culinary creations, an “open stage” has been designed for the heart of the restaurant. A custom-crafted large, wooden buffet table will present diners with a changing display of distinct dishes that utilize the best local and seasonal ingredients.
The redesigned Lounge has been created to complement The Lyttelton and will feature similar décor. Providing a more relaxed setting, the space will be adorned with elegant chairs and sofas that will beckon guests to sit and relax in-front of the large fireplace. Soon to become the ideal spot for pre- or post-dinner cocktails, The Lounge will also serve breakfast, light lunch, and afternoon tea.
Twenty-four guestrooms along with all corridors in The Stafford’s Main House will also receive a makeover. Guestrooms will each feature completely new bathrooms, carpets, and furnishings that evoke a lighter atmosphere, but still feel decidedly English. New air conditioning, television, and entertainment systems are also being installed. Corridors will be brightened up through new wallpaper, carpet, and curtains.
About The Stafford London by Kempinski:
Tucked away in the heart of St James’s The Stafford radiates an air of Englishness into an increasingly international capital. From the 380-year-old working wine cellars to the restored Carriage House and contemporary Stafford Mews suites, it is the first choice for the discerning traveler. The award-winning American Bar (home to one of the capital’s most fascinating collections of international artifacts, memorabilia and oddities) is the choice for those seeking to relax in a lively, yet sophisticated setting while enjoying a classic cocktail or a fine cigar in adjacent outdoor heated lounge.
Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe's oldest luxury hotel group. Kempinski's rich heritage of impeccable personal service and superb hospitality is complemented by the exclusivity and individuality of its properties.
Kempinski now comprises a portfolio of 65 five-star hotels in 28 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Each one reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand without losing sight of its heritage.
The portfolio comprises historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle hotels, outstanding resorts, and prestigious residences. Each one imbues the quality guests have come to expect from Kempinski while embracing the cultural traditions of its location.
Kempinski is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA): the world's largest alliance of independent hotels.
To book or for further information visit:
www.kempinski.com/press • www.globalhotelalliance.com
212 251 1015
Baum Appointed General Manager of The Stafford London by Kempinski in
London, England / March 2011