Set in the heart of one of London’s most desirable postcodes, 54 Queen’s Gate unveils its extensive refurbishment at the end of this month, transforming it into an outstanding London townhouse hotel in the midst of South Kensington…
A Grade II Edwardian property, the hotel features 24 stunningly-redesigned bedrooms, each taking inspiration and celebrating some of the area’s famed former residents, from Sylvia Pankhurst to Alfred Hitchcock, from Howard Carter to Oscar Wilde, 54 Queen’s Gate pays homage to a diverse array of iconic Londoners. The charming hotel will also house a cosy bar and private terrace, offering a secluded, quintessentially elegant, sophisticated base for exploring one of the capital’s most historic and culturally rich neighbourhoods.
A notable enhancement
Retaining its grand staircase, lofty ceilings, vast windows and public spaces flooded with light, 54 Queen’s Gate tonal palette is soothing while the new furniture and materials have been selected by designers A & J D’alton for their tactile and aesthetic qualities.
A & J D’alton have worked alongside hotel properties for over 35 years, including recently overseeing the refurbishment and enhancement of the award-winning Cotswold House Hotel & Spa in 2016. With 54 Queen’s Gate they have produced a stylish home-away-from home for South Kensington visitors. All rooms feature best-quality Egyptian cotton bedlinens, goose-down duvets and pillows, Nespresso coffee machines, super-fast broadband and chromecast-enabled TVs as well as Orla Kiely amenities.
Location, location, location
54 Queen’s Gate is just a minute’s walk from South Kensington’s famous Science and Natural History Museums as well as the V&A, The Albert Hall, Royal Geographic Society, Hyde Park and Kensington Palace. It is surrounded by fashionable cafes, bars and restaurants and close to the designer shopping of Knightsbridge including world-famous Harrods. A brand-new kitchen will serve significantly expanded dining options including full breakfasts and all-day sharing plates, and a richly-planted open terrace to the rear of the building providing a relaxing space for afternoon tea or aperitifs, weather permitting.
54 Queen’s Gate marries modern convenience and a time-honoured location with the most modern of luxuries, outstanding customer service and attention to detail, all within an exclusive, boutique environment.
History and class
Located in the heart of the Royal London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Queen’s Gate was built on land purchased by the Royal Commissioners for The Great Exhibition of 1851, under an agreement with the family who owned the land through which the road was to pass. Originally known as Albert’s Road, its name was officially changed to Queen’s Gate in 1859.
Today the road is a boulevard stretching around one kilometer along the western side of ‘Albertopolis’, with architectural designs varying along its length. The northern stretch features grand terraced homes on the west side and independently designed attached buildings to the east.
A unique home away from home
“Our objective with this project was to bring a sense of Kensington’s rich history to the guest, while maintaining the privacy and intimate service with which 54 Queen’s Gate has become known”, said Tony D’Alton, of A & J D’Alton designers.
“We are delighted to have been able to both enhance our offering, as well as usher in a bold and exciting new look for the property”, added General Manager James Mehinick. “The aim is to provide something different for those visiting Kensington, an attractive and unique option for guests who want seclusion, while maintaining a host of London’s foremost sights on their doorstep.”
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