Rydges Kensington Plaza Hotel is to undergo a £2.5 million refurbishment, with the aim of repositioning itself as a “four star deluxe” hotel.
Set to be completed by September 2011, the makeover will encompass the entire building and will take the number of rooms from 90, down to 81, which the hotel said will allow for more spacious accommodation.
Work is set to begin in the new year, and Rydges has confirmed the hotel will remain open throughout the duration of the works.
The Australian-owned hotel chain added that the refurbishment, which is the first on the site for a decade, will “bring the hotel into the 21st century” and launch it into the luxury hotel category.
Speaking to BigHospitality today, a spokeswoman for Rydges Kensington said: “The new look will take us from a self-rated four star hotel to a deluxe boutique product.”
The design for the new interior is to be undertaken by Trevillion Interiors, which has been planning the refurbishment for 18 months.
Once complete the new hotel will comprise 81 “luxuriously decorated” bedrooms with “state-of the-art” bathroom fittings, wardrobe layouts and updated furniture, as well as both wired and WiFi internet connections.
There will be a new bar and hotel restaurant, and conference facilities for up to 90 people.