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Article from BTNews 26 SEPTEMBER 2011

Victoria Station hotels’ major upgrade

Guoman, the Hong Kong based leisure group, has previewed its impressive £20m  refurbishment of the Grosvenor Hotel at London’s Victoria Station.  The iconic Grade II-listed property, which opened in 1862, is currently being restored to its full splendour.  Work is on course to be completed in January 2012, when the property  will officially become the fifth hotel in Guoman’s London collection.

During the course of the 18-month project Guoman has worked hand-in-hand with experts from English Heritage to lovingly preserve and revitalise the building’s original architectural features.  This included the reinstatement of £100,000-worth of gold leaf on columns in the grand lobby and the uncovering of original white marble on the iconic pillars – discovered as the works progressed.

When the Grosvenor Hotel Victoria joins the Guoman Hotels collection, it will be striking with all of its 346 bedrooms transformed to a high specification.  There is a new residents’ gym, finely decorated conference rooms are all named after iconic trains and this is a spectacular bar, Réunion, which overlooks the platforms of the station.  Previous regulars will already know of the discrete entranceway direct to the station’s enclosed concourse.  www.guoman.com

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