The Beaumont will open its doors again on Friday 20th August 2021, revealing the gentle evolution it has undergone during its enforced 18-month closure.
Along with a brand-new bar, lounge and al fresco dining terrace, The Beaumont’s sleek Art Deco interiors have been rethought and refurbished by the New York-based designer, Thierry Despont, and London-based architects Reardon Smith, adding new layers of comfort and luxury.
As part of the refurbishment, the hotel’s already rich collection of 20th-century art has been carefully restored and rehung, but guests will make new discoveries too, thanks to some intriguing acquisitions that have been added to the display.
Originally opened in 2014, The Beaumont embodies the spirit of the grand hotels of 1920s London and New York – yet on an intimate scale, with just 50 rooms and 22 suites and studios. Set on a quiet garden square, it has established an enviable reputation for its thoughtful, friendly service as well as its beautifully appointed accommodation.
Refashioned or newly created areas include:
LE MAGRITTE BAR
All-American bad boys from Ernest Hemingway and F Scott Fitzgerald to Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra would have felt right at home in Le Magritte, inspired by the American bars that took 1920s Paris and London by storm.
Relocated and redesigned as a 30-seater standalone bar, it specialises in bourbons, American whiskies and cocktails, from jazz-age classics to Sinatra’s favourite Rusty Nail. Backlit alabaster columns frame the entrance, which opens directly off the main lobby; the seductive, sophisticated interior is entirely lined with European fiddleback cherrywood and centres on the leather-topped ebony bar, behind which hangs the Magritte that gives the room its name.
The former bar space at the very heart of the hotel has undergone a dramatic transformation to become a relaxed, intimate all-day dining space, very much inspired by the 1926 origins of the building.
With its bespoke walnut-framed sofas and mahogany tub chairs, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy afternoon tea to live piano music on the baby grand, quietly read a book, have a light lunch or dinner, or end the day with a post-dinner drink.
This entirely new space offers al fresco drinking and dining for the first time at The Beaumont, on the sheltered outdoor terrace facing Brown Hart Gardens. With 1920s-style rattan armchairs and café tables enfolded by lush greenery, The Terrace will serve drinks alongside a light menu from 8am to 11pm, and can be covered and heated in colder weather.
THE COLONY GRILL
The most glamorous grill room in town has kept its clubby Twenties New York atmosphere, but now has striking new murals and artworks, while its much-loved banquettes have been freshly reupholstered in deep red Italian leather. Meanwhile The Beaumont’s new head chef, Ben Boeynaems, has revisited its popular menu of transatlantic favourites, salads, shellfish, grills and steaks, with a focus on using mainly seasonal and locally sourced ingredients.
THE MAYFAIR SUITE
As part of the refurbishment, Thierry Despont has created an entirely new suite on the first floor overlooking Brown Hart Gardens. The Mayfair Suite has the flexibility to be reconfigured with one or two bedrooms, and takes its inspiration from the Art Deco style of the hotel. With a warm colour palette and custom-made furniture, it features a large sitting room, ideal for remote working as well as relaxing at the end of a busy day.
The lobby will retain its intimate feel, including its distinctive chequerboard floor and cherrywood panelling, but Thierry Despont’s redesign softens the floor-to-ceiling windows with gold-on-ivory Pierre Frey curtains, while the mahogany-shell sofas have been reupholstered in ‘Ellington’, a playful jazz-age velour fabric, accompanied by matching armchairs in honey-coloured chenille and lounge chairs covered in antique leather.
With its shimmering black and white marble mosaics intact, the Spa benefits from the enlargement of the gymnasium and the addition of an extra treatment room, taking the total to four, enhancing the existing steam room, sauna, cold plunge pool and traditional warmed marble hamam massage table.