The Corinthia Hotel in London is one year away from completion, and works are progressing to plan. The 430,556-square- foot site has been entirely stripped down, partially demolished and is now being rebuilt and fitted out. The project is being called the first new grand hotel to be built in London for over a century. The building itself was formerly the Ministry of Defence straddling Northumberland Avenue and Whitehall Place, with panoramic views over Trafalgar Square, the River Thames and all of the major sights of Whitehall.
The Corinthia Hotel's 300 bedrooms will reportedly be the largest bedrooms in London, including 45 suites, some of which are located on duplex floors inside the historic turrets and serviced by private elevators and private terraces. Furthermore, 12 ambassadorial apartments are being developed at the luxury end of the market, for eventual use as prime residences in central London.
As works progress, select members of the London establishment, opinion formers and associates of Corinthia are being invited regularly to visit the project and see for themselves the new hotel unfolding before their eyes. The first such gathering was held last week, when senior directors from Barclays, Goldman Sachs, Coutts and Credit Suisse, together with invitees from Harrods and the Prince’s Regeneration Trust, were given a tour of the project personally conducted by Alfred Pisani, chairman of the Corinthia Group. At the end of the tour, the guests were hosted to a sumptuous lunch prepared on site in a temporary kitchen by Massimo Riccioli, the celebrated chef owner of La Rosetta Restaurant in Rome, who has agreed to personally relocate to London to be the chef patron of the specialty restaurant at the Corinthia Hotel London.
The Corinthia Hotel & Residences in London is scheduled to open in the last quarter of 2010.