London: April 2020 London Marriott Hotel Kensington has put the finishing touches to the final stage of its multi-million pound refurbishment. Its 226 newly designed bedrooms have been reimagined to capture the natural elements and architectural heritage of the surrounding Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, creating a sophisticated and urban feel. This aesthetic continues through into the hotel’s recently transformed public areas and London flagship Cast Iron Bar & Grill, which is due to reopen in May 2021.

Led by interior design company Anita Rosato, the renovated guestrooms showcase beautiful, ergonomic design and benefit from abundant natural light. A bespoke feature headboard pays homage to the local architectural details of Kensington Palace, illustrations and paintings from the V&A, and the Museum of Natural History; whilst the redesigned bathrooms offer a contemporary feel with spacious walk-in showers and sleek vanity units.

Perfectly positioned in Kensington, surrounded by British heritage, cultural museums, and shopping destinations, the renovated hotel sets the scene for an unforgettable city staycation.

Each room features high-standard technology and an array of entertainment options such as Netflix and Apple TV so guests can relax and catch up with their favourite series or watch a film.. Comfort is key for a restful night’s sleep with luxury Egyptian cotton linen and pillowtop mattresses, leaving guests refreshed for a new day of exploring ahead.

Guests staying in the Executive rooms, as well as Elite members of the Marriott Bonvoytravel programme, have access to a dedicated lounge in which complimentary breakfast and canapes are served daily. The vision of the interior concept of the Executive Lounge was to follow the narrative of the science of nature, inspired by the nearby Science Museum and the Darwin Cocoon building, where science meets nature references are found.

Around the lobby, guests will spot the historic artwork connecting the hotel spaces with the local neighbourhood. The colour palette of the hotel remains neutral, echoing the materials and architecture of the area, with punches of colour inspired by the energy of modern design. The public areas were designed by Kim Thraves of Design Coalition and were inspired by Prince Albert’s efforts in the development of Kensington following The Great Exhibition in 1851. Albert’s aim was to create a home for institutions dedicated to the arts, design and science, resulting in the foundation of the museums and university for which the area is now famous, and which formed the basis of a classical and modern design mix for the hotel renovation.

The new Cast Iron Bar & Grill was designed with a transitional day to night space in mind for guests and locals alike to meet, work and socialise; the eclectic mix of comfortable and inviting furniture creates an intimate home-away-from-home atmosphere. The restaurant will feature fresh seasonal dishes cooked with passion and is also set to launch a signature brunch menu this summer. The hotel’s enviable location in the heart of Kensington makes this Cast Iron Bar & Grill the perfect spot to refuel after a day of shopping or sightseeing. The hotel also has nine flexible, stylish and modern meeting rooms allowing guests and clients to have an undisturbed environment to be inspired.  

Jacque Bernardi, General Manager, said: “We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to refresh our property and offer an elevated and exceptional stay within Kensington. Our guests can look forward to distinguished design, fantastic food and beverage options, and easy access to a wealth of iconic London attractions.”

Anita Rosato design company, said: ‘’The modern yet timeless rooms, offer luxury to guests via comfortable, good looking and thoughtful, design. Inspired by the magnificent museums close by, art has been integrated to provide a sense of place. Together the elements of functionality and form, offer guests an intuitive to use and calming retreat.”

The locality of London Marriott Hotel Kensington is steeped in the notion of discovery with some of London's best-known attractions including Kensington Palace, the Natural History Museum, Royal Albert Hall, the Victoria and Albert Museum and Hyde Park and the Design Museum. Just a 25-minute drive from Heathrow Airport and a 15-minute drive from London Victoria Coach & Rail station, it is the perfect option for both business and leisure travellers alike.

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