London boutique hotel, Georgian House, has added to its stock of special Wizard Chamber bedrooms, after a stint of ‘magical’ success this summer.
The property, which is owned by Serena von der Heyde, has increased the number of its Harry Potter-inspired bedrooms from four to seven, with two family rooms and one twin to cater for the increase in demand having seen occupancy across the whole property reach 91% between April and September this year.
The work on the new rooms began in June and took three months to complete, with designer Diana Holmes heading up the interior scheme, and formed part of a £210k investment to expand the offering at Georgian House Hotel.
Located in the lower floors of the 19th century property, each Wizard Chamber has been designed with a mysterious and gothic feel and includes faux castle details such as stained glass windows, stone walls, archways, trunks, cauldrons and four-poster beds with velvet curtains.
Wood burning stoves and tapestries complete the look.
“Since the completion of our first Wizard Chambers in 2014,” explains Adam Rowledge, general manager at Georgian House Hotel, “their popularity has become so great that they were fully booked up to six months in advance. To meet the ever-increasing demand, we have invested in more wizard-themed rooms this year to allow us to accommodate more families, and we’ve already taken bookings as far ahead as December 2018.”
The hotel has also now opened a new cinema room. Pimlico Pictures is designed for just two people and is arguably London’s smallest cinema.
With a traditional cinema pinboard outside the door, classic red velvet sofa for two, retro lighting and a mini bar inside, guests can book out the space for a three-hour stint to watch a movie or log into their own Netflix account.
“As part of our £210,000 investment to expand our offering and improve our guest experience, we’ve opened a two-person cinema, which we believe to be London’s smallest cinema, and designed three more Wizard Chamber rooms,” adds Rowledge. “Our cinema, Pimlico Pictures, has been designed to offer the look and feel of a classic picture house, while using the latest technology to provide an personal, immersive experience.”
Having been in the family since 1851 since her great great grandfather built the property, Serena von der Heyde took over Georgian House in 1987, when it was a two-star hotel and had 28 guest rooms. Today, Georgian House boasts five stars, 63 bedrooms and five apartments.
The Georgian House Hotel has been undergoing an exciting period of development since general manager Adam Rowledge came on board in 2015.
2016 saw Georgian House awarded with five-star guest accommodation status by Visit England, and the completion of a three-year renovation, which included the opening of The Pimlico Pantry and Cubitt Room, the hotel’s brand-new breakfast, drink and private event space.