Jumeirah Group’s European flagship hotel in the heart of Knightsbridge, The Carlton Tower Jumeirah, will open its doors this June following a £100m refurbishment.
Following an 18-month closure for refurbishment, every corner of the 17-story building has been redesigned. A new foyer and receptions has been created, along with a reduction of guest rooms to offer larger accommodations, a new health club and spa with London’s largest naturally lit swimming pool, a restaurant, lobby bar and lounge, ballroom and meetings rooms.
“We are thrilled to welcome back our valued guests following a significant investment and a complete renovation of the hotel with new rooms, restaurant, food and beverage offerings, spa and lobby entrance,” comments Aaron Kaupp, General Manager of The Carlton Tower Jumeirah.
“This landmark, international opening is set against the backdrop of a pandemic, which has seen the world and our beloved industry face extreme difficulty. The Carlton Tower Jumeirah will be a beacon of hope during a very difficult time for us all. We will be a place to be seen once more, a cornerstone for the local London community as well as a leader of luxury hospitality in the world.”
Rooms and Suites
The 186 beautifully appointed guest rooms have all been renovated to the highest standard, designed to offer a sense of tranquillity with an emphasis on light and space. Combining a modernist aesthetic with minimal style, the accommodations feature textured wall panelling, furnishing in softer forms and accents in a warm colour palette influenced by British heritage hues in deep blue, greens and maroon as well as floor to ceiling marble bathrooms with toiletries by Grown Alchemist. Newly created is the Royal Suite, the hotel’s most exclusive residence featuring three bedrooms with the option to privatise the entire floor for the utmost in security and discretion.
Arrival and Public Spaces
Heralding its arrival and marking the hotel’s position as an important modernist building in London at its opening was the commissioning of a large external sculpture by Dame Elisabeth Frink (1930-1993), a sculptor at the beginning of her career in 1961 and now acknowledged as one of the most important English artists of her era. This sculpture has been retained and restored, a highlight of the ‘porte cochere’ entranceway that continues to the redesigned turntable glass doors.
Through these doors the design echoes a classical British grand hall with the creation of a striking double-height space. Within it is suspended a bespoke fluted chandelier which incorporates an abstract interpretation of a chrysanthemum, inspired by Cadogan Gardens’ history as a botanical garden. Accessed from the lobby is ‘The Chinoiserie’, the hotel’s much-loved all-day dining area, now transformed with an elegant and light design. Additionally, a newly created lobby bar offers a refined cocktail and spirits experience in glamorous surrounds.
Al Mare Restaurant
The hotel’s destination restaurant ‘Al Mare’ offers a sophisticated yet informal dining experience in the heart of vibrant and exclusive Knightsbridge. Al Mare, which translated from Italian means ‘at the sea’ offers light and modern Mediterranean dishes alongside a carefully curated wine list and artisanal cocktails.
The Peak Fitness Club & Spa
The hotel’s famous health club ‘The Peak Fitness Club & Spa’ is set across three floors and has been completely redesigned. New treatment rooms have been created at the Talise Spa on the second floor and the swimming pool area revitalized. This pool is London’s largest in a hotel with natural daylight and its bright interior is complemented by views through its double height glass ceiling, lined with poolside cabanas for relaxation.