The historic The Stafford London by Kempinski 5-star hotel has a new look after a seven-month, US$9.7 million (£6 million) renovation.
This marked the hotel’s first major overhaul since it closed its doors for a redesign in 1995. The hotel dates from the mid-1800s.
Britannia Hospitality, a company controlled by Egypt’s El Sharkawy family, bought the hotel in 2009 and given the hotel’s age and image it has been renovated to emphasize its very British history.
“We wanted to emphasize the quintessentially British hotel,” Leon Baum, the hotel’s general manager said. “Stafford is very dear to many clients’ hearts as we have 40% repeat clients. The renovation had to be handled in a very delicate matter. Change is difficult for most.”
HOTELS Magazine talked with Baum about the changes, and Baum’s comments on the renovations can be found in the “before and after” photo gallery below.