The Ritz is set to be given the green light to go ahead with a refurbishment project that would see a new basement spa introduced and a 53-bedroom extension created.
It is estimated that the project at the luxury London hotel will cost £300m and will be the biggest refurbishment undertaken by the property in its 115-year history.
According to the Evening Standard, plans show that a five-storey basement would be created, to include a two-level spa with swimming pool, gym, steam room, sauna, treatment rooms, juice bar and beauty salon.
In addition to the basement spa, the hotel would also add 53 bedrooms, with the extension of the main building at roof level and a new structure on a site currently home to the Eagle Star House office block which is being demolished.
The addition would take the number of bedrooms to 191.
The proposal is aimed at modernising a hotel that has ‘fallen behind the standards now expected at the world’s elite destinations’, with Westminister planning officers recommended approval of the plans.
The Ritz, which was founded by César Ritz in 1906, was sold last year in March by the Barclay family to Qatari entrepreneur Abdulhadi Mana Al-Hajri for a rumoured £700m.
A spokeswoman for the Ritz said: “This inspired project will ensure that the unique essence of the hotel is retained, sympathetically restored and further enhanced to reaffirm its status, for generations to come, as one of the world’s most iconic hotels.”