London: Twenty14 Holdings, the hospitality investment arm of LuLu Group International, has completed investment worth Rs. 2800 crore in the UK, with the inauguration of The Great Scotland Yard Hotel in London on December 9, 2019.
The historic property was acquired in 2015 for Rs. 1025 crore, and the makeover of the hotel involved a further investment of Rs. 512 crore. In addition to the Great Scotland Yard, Twenty14 Holdings had acquired the celebrated Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian in Scotland in 2018.
The Great Scotland Yard Hotel, part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, is located in the St. James’s district of Westminster. The Unbound Collection is an exclusive portfolio of properties and stays – from historic landmarks to storied resorts – designed to captivate travellers willing to pay a premium for distinctive experiences while reassuring them with the Hyatt brand and loyalty program.
The first hotel in The Unbound Collection by Hyatt to open in Britain, the Great Scotland Yard was once a dwelling for visiting Kings of Scotland during the Tudor period, while today the building is most famous as the former headquarters of the Metropolitan Police force. The building was immortalised in the works of writers, including Charles Dickens and Arthur Conan Doyle.
On the occasion, Yusuffali M A, Chairman, LuLu Group International said: “London is one of the world’s greatest cities, and the Great Scotland Yard Hotel represents its illustrious past as well as its modern significance. The hotel spotlights the city’s vibrant history, its several celebrated aspects, and its status as a global melting pot. In essence, we have curated an unmatched experience for every guest.”
The high-end luxury boutique hotel, spanning 93,000 sq. ft. and spread over seven floors, has 153 rooms and 15 suites, including a two-bedroom townhouse VIP suite. Inside the hotel, one can find a library, gymnasium with changing rooms, meeting/conference rooms, a 120-seater conference space/ballroom and VIP function rooms.
Adeeb Ahamed, Managing Director, Twenty14 Holdings, said: “The Great Scotland Yard Hotel is a dream-come-true for us. The culmination of a path set long ago: transforming one of the world’s most historic addresses into an icon of modern hospitality. The Great Scotland Yard Hotel invites you to experience its myriad stories.”
Once the famous and historical home of law and order in London’s City of Westminster, Great Scotland Yard will be a modern destination, an innovative and lively space offering multiple F&B options – The Yard, The Forty Elephants, The Parlour and Sibín serving international & British modern food under the supervision of acclaimed chef & restaurateur Robin Gill.
Peter Fulton, Group President EAME/SWA, Hyatt Hotels said: “We at Hyatt feel extremely proud to find ourselves charged with preserving the illustrious heritage of this iconic building, Great Scotland Yard, and giving it a new life as the first hotel within The Unbound Collection by Hyatt in Britain. I want to thank the LuLu Group for putting their trust in us and handing us the keys to this one-of-a-kind hotel”.