Last year, it was revealed that five-star, 73-bedroom The Beaumont had been sold to the Barclay brothers, Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay, after being put on the market by property group Grosvenor. The for-sale price of the lease for the hotel was rumoured to be between £125m and £140m. A few months’ later it was then confirmed that Chris Corbin and Jeremy King, established restauranteurs with the likes of The Wolseley, The Delaunay to their name, would lose the management of The Beaumont.
Ellerman Hotel Company (EHC), which is owned by the Barclay family, would ‘in time’ take over.
The Beaumont opened in 2014, and marked the first foray into the hotel sector for Corbin and King. While the hotel proved to a be a success, a reported overspend on opening costs saw the duo give up the leasehold they held on the property over to freeholder Grosvenor in 2016, but remain in place as the operator.
In the same year, Jannes Soerensen stepped in as general manager to lead the hotel through its next phase and build on its strong start. The move was his debut GM’s role, joining from Le Bristol Paris as director of rooms and he tells me he ‘wasn’t looking to move’ when he was approached for the position.
Since then the USP of the hotel has been that staff ‘really show how much we care’ Soerensen says, and testament to this is the absence of a dedicated guest relations team, something that Soerensen feels strongly should be an attitude adopted by all staff.
He also has a really transparent approach with his staff, allowing each member of the team access to the hotel’s financial results and offering explanations on certain areas to help employees feel invested in the business.
Owned by: Barclay brothers