Originally appeared in May 2015 issue of Virtuoso Life
After an 18-month closure, London’s 93-room Lanesborough
reopens with a balance of opulent design and unobtrusive technology. In what would be his final project before his death in 2012, designer Alberto Pinto restored the former hotel’s Regency glory with hand-stenciled walls, frescoes, and trompe l’oeil paintings, plus coffered and corniced ceilings.
Claiming the city’s fastest broadband, the Knightsbridge hotel hides guest-room TVs behind paintings and mirrors, and provides tablets for room-service orders and web browsing. A central control panel operates curtains and motion-sensor night-lights.
For the first time in its 105 years, the 69-room Goring
closed last winter to undertake a quick-as-possible renovation by designers Nina Campbell, Russell Sage, Tim Gosling, and David Linley. Inspired by Downton Abbey
, the Belgravia hotel now employs a fleet of footmen in full livery; as well, a new in-room cocktail program offers an on-call bartender. A zoo’s worth of animals frolic amid English countryside settings in the remodeled Front Hall’s whimsical hand-painted and -gilded Fromental fabrics and wallpapers, which also enliven numerous guest rooms and suites.
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