The Lanesborough opens bookings to guests after huge refurb


The Lanesborough, one of London’s most exclusive hotels has reopened its bookings to the public today, after an extensive refurbishment of the property.

The five-star hotel, located in Knightsbridge, has been closed to the public for the past 18 months while it underwent a detailed renovation programme, in a bid to re-establish The Lanesborough as one of the most luxurious hotels in the capital.

While the hotel had a soft launch on July 1, bookings are now officially open to the public with 93 rooms and suites available to hire.

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Rooms start at £715 a night, while The Lanesborough’s most extravagant suite, the seven-bedroom Royal Suite costs £26,000 a night.

The hotel, which is now owned and managed by Oetker Collection, closed in December 2013 before all its public areas and bedrooms were given a complete makeover in-keeping with its signature Regency style.

For dining, the hotel’s new restaurant, Céleste, will be headed up by Florian Favario as executive chef. Céleste replaces Apsleys and will serve French-inspired cuisine.

The Lanesborough is Oetker Collection’s first UK property, joining five-star hotels such as Le Bristol in Paris, Palais Namaskar in Marrekech and Fregate Island Private in Seychelles.

Frank Marrenbach, CEO of Oetker Collection, said: “With its strategic location in the heart of London, The Lanesborough, with managing director Geoffrey Gelardi at its helm is a prestigious addition to our portfolio, a major step for our development, and a natural complement to Le Bristol Paris, its sister hotel.”