Ealing’s Hotel Xanadu founder eyes next London hotel

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Jalal Al-Yawer, founder of Hotel Xanadu on Bond Street in Ealing, is looking to sign his second poetry-inspired property within the next 12 months.

“There are always things ticking along and I’m super eager to get another hotel up and running,” the interior designer and hotelier told Boutique Hotelier, just under a year on from the launch of his first hotel, inspired by Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem Kubla Khan.

Written in 1797, the poem describes Xanadu, the summer palace of the Mongol ruler and emperor of China Kublai Khan. The design of the 48-key Ealing hotel draws influence from the 13th Century hedonistic Asian retreat of Xanadu, and from the romanticism era of English poetry.

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“I just need to figure out where and whether it’s going to be a sister hotel or a complementary hotel to Xanadu. Once we find the right property that’s when the concept starts, I firmly believe it should be varied to the location, but I’d like it to be the first of many so hopefully it will have some correlation to Xanadu,” said Al-Yawer.

He said he was considering locations in South West London and Central London, but had stalled plans to open a property in the Middle East.

“We did look at branching out into the Middle East, but obviously with the problems at the moment those ambitions are on hold for the time being, but hopefully we’ll get to a point where things settle down,” he added.

See the October issue of Boutique Hotelier magazine to find out more about the inspiration and materialisation of Hotel Xanadu, and its first year in business. (UK hospitality professionals can subscribe for free via boutiquehotelier.com homepage).

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