Hospitality companies Accor and SBE have delivered a boost to the troubled UK tourism sector, announcing plans to convert Shoreditch’s The Curtain hotel into a stylish new Mondrian.
According to RusTourismNews, the 120-room hotel will undergo a comprehensive redesign and refit, before opening in spring 2021. It will be the sixth global Mondrian hotel, and its first property in Europe since it vacated its Bankside hotel in 2019.
Accor and SBE have ambitious designs for the Mondrian brand, with nine hotels scheduled to open by 2022, including Bordeaux and Cannes in 2021, and proposed sites in Australia, the Dominican Republic, Germany, the Maldives, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, in addition to the recently opened Mondrian Seoul Itaewon.
The new Mondrian Shoreditch London will include a restaurant headed up by Dani García, the Andalusian chef who was awarded three Michelin stars in 2018. It will also house a new version of Rumpus Room, the rooftop bar and lounge that attracted crowds to the old Bankside property. The Curtain Members Club will continue to operate under its current name.
London’s hotels were permitted to reopen on 4 July but they have been hit particularly hard by strict new Tier 2 restrictions, which have discouraged both international and domestic travellers and they must close their bars must close at 10 pm.
Some hotels have already been forced to permanently close, including The Ace in Shoreditch, and many others have fears they cannot survive in the continuing restrictions.
However, there is some positivity with new openings this autumn, including Townhouse, a conversion of 16 Georgian townhouses that describes its design philosophy as ‘Oscar Wilde meets Alice in Wonderland’.
Many London-based hotels that opened in the lead-up to the coronavirus outbreak are hoping to entice Londoners with a staycation on their doorstep.
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