Tributes have been paid to legendary hotelier, George Goring, who has died at the age of 81.
He was the third generation of the family to run the five-star Goring Hotel in London’s Belgravia.
The iconic hotel was founded in 1910 by George’s grandfather Otto Richard Goring and boasted a bathroom for every bedroom and central heating, which was said to be a world first at the time.
George joined the family business in 1961, when he father Otto Gustave Goring was at the helm of the 69-bedroom property. He then retired in 2005, handing over the business to son Jeremy who has run The Goring ever since.
Yesterday the flags at The Goring were at half mast in a ‘heartfelt show of respect’ for Mr Goring.
Managing director at the hotel, David Morgan-Hewitt posted on LinkedIn: “George was a true gentleman and a huge bundle of fun. He was hospitality personified. He cared deeply about his guests, his staff, his friends in the travel industry, his colleagues in the hotel industry and his family. Quite simply he was a legend amongst 20th century hoteliers. May he rest in peace and thank you for all you did for me personally. He will be missed by so many.”
In 2015, Morgan-Hewitt said that ‘to have found a family like the Gorings was like winning the lottery’.
Harry Murray, chairman of Lucknam Park said: “Deeply saddened by passing of George Goring OBe, a friend for 40 years. A maverick who cared for his staff & always life & soul of a party. My thoughts are with his wife Penny son Jeremy & family RIP George.”
Michelin Guide UK added: “All of us at the Michelin Guide are sad to hear the passing of George Goring, He was the consummate hotelier whose vision & eye for detail made The Goring not only one of London’s finest hotels but also one that’s quintessentially British.”
Craig Bancroft, managing director at Northcote in Lancashire said: “So sorry to hear this very sad news George Goring was a true gentlemen in every sense of the word generous and inspirational a real Hotelier where the Guest was the life blood of the business RIP our thoughts @northcoteuk are with all those touched by Georges premature departure.”
Mark Lewis, chief executive at Hospitality Action added: “Hospitality Action was proud to have George Goring as a patron. Thank you George and rest in peace.”
The Goring was the first hotel to be granted a Royal Warrant in 2013, and has retained the recognition ever since.