Luxury Hotels

A sense of time and place

London’s BEAUMONT says past, present and future. Its heritage goes back to 1926, when it was built as the CAR FACILITY FOR SELFRIDGE’S STORE, seven minutes’ walk away. Today it is a 72-room gorgeous luxury hotel, with another 30 keys opening in two years’ time. OH TODAY.  Look at the unique Antony Gormley statue, above, fixed to the exterior of the building.  Also just right for 2021, sit outside on the front terrace, under a canopy – now increasingly and amusingly known as an eyebrow – in case it rains. Inside there’s a MAGRITTE BAR and a GATSBY’S LOUNGE. LOVE IT, says Girlahead.

Today’s luxury travellers want a sense of place. PARK HYATT TORONTO – GM  Bonnie Strome – has re-opened after an extensive re-do by ALESSANDRO MUNGE (according to a PR-person, it now offers ‘an elevated home-away-from-home experience’).  Art now includes a large-scale woven tapestry “Dead Ringers” tapestry in the lobby by Canadian artist Shannon Bool. Of the 219 bedrooms, signature is the 182sq m Presidential Suite, on the 14th floor. Girlahead is  informed that the main all-day restaurant is Joni, named for Yorkville Bohemians of the 1960s-1970s.  the ROOFTOP BAR IS RENAMED WRITERS ROOM. The hotel is owned by Oxford Properties Group, a C$70 billion company itself owned by OMERS, the Canadian defined benefit pension plan for Ontario’s municipal employees.

A sense of place needs a leader who knows the destination. New Zealander Ross Cooper knows the inside-outs of Tokyo, so no problem that he moves across town from Andaz to Grand Hyatt Roppongi, which makes him very excited.  In London David Monson, who has been running Como’s operations in the city, will be opening GM of Broadwick Soho, a 57-room conversion of Georgian townhouses scheduled for opening June 2022. Designer is Martin Brudnizki, who has painted the inside of the Wigmore pub at London’s Langham Hotel in classic racing green.  In Dallas KIMPTON PITTMAN HOTEL also thinks paint – face-painting, and much more, is included in the hotel’s “How Bout Dem Boys” package. More paint: what South African Karen Roos has done to the interiors of THE NEWT, SOMERSET. already one of England’s most popular luxury resorts even after less than two years of operation, is, to Girlahead, a lesson in how Farrow&Ball paints can so enhance a hospitality theatre. Hear her here: