Royal Lancaster To Reopen
Studio Proof spearheads refurbishment of hotel near London's Hyde Park
The Royal Lancaster London hotel is set to reopen Nov. 8, following a $105 million renovation. Locally based Studio Proof created the new concept and design for the historic mid-century hotel, which overlooks the city’s famed Hyde Park.
The front exterior of the hotel has been remodeled and now features a 26-ft.-high glazed façade that leads into a double-height reception space. The lobby showcases the Hyde Lobby Bar and a sweeping staircase made from 3,230 sq. ft. of white carrara marble.
Royal Lancaster's Hyde Lobby Bar designed by Studio Proof. Photo: Courtesy of Royal Lancaster London
The redesign of the 18-story hotel included the complete refurbishment of its 411 guestrooms and suites, with an emphasis on providing views of the surrounding city, and whose bathrooms feature waterfall showers and under-floor heating. Sixteen meeting and event spaces were also renovated.
The Royal Lancaster’s refurbishment began in 2015, with the redesign of Nipa Thai, the hotel’s signature restaurant. The project will be completed next May, with updates to The Lounge Bar and The Park Room on the first floor.
“The hotel has had a rich and celebrated past, having opened as one of the most chic hotels in London in 1967,” says general manager Sally Beck. “Fifty years later, Royal Lancaster London will reopen to once again be one of the most stylish hotels in the capital. Our Thai owner, Khun Jatuporn Sihanatkathakul, has been directly involved in the new design, which exudes mid-century glamour and understated elegance synonymous with London. We are looking forward to the next 50 years.”