Justin and Charlie Salisbury, founders of boutique hotel collection, Artist Residence, have taken the decision to close their London outpost to protect the safety of guests and staff during the coronavirus pandemic.
The owners run four hotels across the south west of the country, with Brighton, Cornwall and Oxford operating alongside the London property, near Victoria.
Their next venture in Bristol is due to launch this year.
Now the duo said with ‘incredible sadness’ that they will close the doors to the London hotel and its Cambridge Street Kitchen restaurant after the government advice earlier in the week left the business in a ‘very difficult situation’.
The full statement read:
“We want to take a moment to say a huge thank you to all those who have continued to support us over the last few weeks, with the growing challenges COVID_19 is posing to our industry. We have received countless positive messages from our guests which has really helped lift spirits.
“As you will have gathered from the news the hospitality industry has been greatly affected by this crisis. When the government announced on Monday that businesses like ours should remain open but people should avoid visiting, we – and many others – were left in a very difficult situation.
“It is with incredible sadness that we have had to close the doors to our London hotel temporarily from today. We hope to be back up and running as soon as possible, with our wonderful team doing what they do best.
“If you have a booking with us at any of our hotels, and are unable to visit, we will of course be able to help with refunding your booking. However, if you are in a position to do so we would be incredibly grateful if you could instead reschedule your dates, and give us a chance to welcome you in the future.
“For now, let’s all stay safe, support local business if we can, and look out for each other – we hope we’ll see you soon!”