The Radisson Blu hotel in Portman Square, just behind John Lewis Oxford Street, is to become London’s second Nobu Hotel!
Radisson Blu will be closing on 18th April, re-opening following refurbishment in 2020. In an attempt to empty itself out earlier, it has put up its room rate for 17th April to £700!
This is, to put it mildly, an odd move. The existing hotel is clearly not being demolished if it is re-opening after just a year. This is an exceptionally dull hotel, however, and I assume the exterior is not changing. Whilst the equally dull interiors will presumably be ripped out, I think it is going to struggle to get much of a vibe. The current Nobu Hotel in Shoreditch was designed by Ron Arad Architects and is a spectacular piece of work.
The only upside I can see is that, with Locanda Locatelli literally next door in Hyatt Regency The Churchill, there is an existing foodie clientele in the area.
Here is the current Nobu Hotel:
and for comparison:
You can see my point!
Here is an impression of the rooms post refurbishment:
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