Date: May 2018
Location: The City of London, UK
Name: The Westin London City – opening 2020
No. of Keys: 220 guest rooms, including 29 suites and a Presidential Suite. 8900 square feet of ultra-modern meeting and event space will be available, including a Junior Ballroom and four meeting rooms, as well as a 24-hour business centre.
Seller: The Westin London City will be a key part of the redevelopment of the former Queensbridge House site.
The site stretches from Queenhithe Dock – the oldest in London – and runs north to south, bridging across Upper Thames Street and giving it a prominent position over one of the primary arterial routes through the City of London.
Highly visible from the South Bank, the hotel will also benefit from panoramic views over the River Thames and will complete the northern riverbank walkway between the Tower of London and Millennium Bridge.
Buyer/Owner: 4C Hotel Group and managed by RBH (the rename for Redefine BDL) …for Marriott this will debut the Westin brand in the United Kingdom.
Founded in 2010, the 4C Hotel Group is a privately-owned hotel development company with a portfolio of 15 properties in key business centres and leisure hotspots across the UK, Canada, East Africa and the Middle East.
Headquartered in London, 4C Hotel Group, headed up by Al-karim Nathoo, Managing Director, expects to introduce close to 1000 new rooms in the UK, Canada and East Africa by the end of 2018. Their portfolio are low-cost hotels in the UK such as Comfort Inn Camden Lock & Victoria, Westminster, Edgware Road, and more up-market DoubleTree by Hiltons in Zanzibar, Dar es Salam and Homewod Suites in Canada.
The hotel will boast a prime riverfront location in the heart of the City of London.
“Transforming the way travellers experience wellness continues to be a powerful proposition for Westin, and one that has become increasingly important as people integrate well-being more holistically into their lifestyle,” said Brian Povinelli, Senior Vice President & Global Brand Leader, Westin Hotels & Resorts.
“We are thrilled to not only debut the brand in London, but also to open this marquee hotel on the iconic River Thames.”
“This is an exciting chapter for the Westin brand,” said John Licence, Vice President Premium & Select Brands, Marriott International Europe.
“It is clear that there is a strong appetite for the brand’s wellness positioning, innovative programming and premium accommodations.
Led by British architects Dexter Moren Associates, the hotel is designed with a fluid and sculptural, biophilic-focus, suggesting that a connection to nature enhances well-being.
Upon arrival, guests enter into an atrium space that is at once open and airy, yet residential and intimate. The lobby leads into a riverside bar and restaurant, which opens onto the new public walkway affording spectacular views across the river towards Shakespeare’s Globe and the South Bank.
All rooms will feature Westin’s signature services and amenities, such as the world-renowned Heavenly™ Bed and reviving Heavenly™ Bath experience.
Embodying the brand’s Let’s Rise mantra that empowers guests to take back control of their travel routine through wellness, the hotel will feature an indoor swimming pool, idyllic (4036 square foot) spa and WestinWORKOUT® fitness studio with state-of-the-art TRX® exercise equipment.
In addition, the hotel will offer the renowned RunWESTIN™ program with three and five-mile jogging routes along the riverfront and the brand’s signature Gear Lending program, allowing guests to pack light and stay fit with New Balance shoes and clothing for guests to use during their stay.
THPT Comment: Delighted to see the first Westin hotel in London/the UK…although of course we do already have a W Hotel…W being the trendy end of Westin?
First Seen: Marriott website