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Six Senses announces a five star hotel in Whiteleys

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We very rarely write about new hotels which are just announced, as opposed to just about to open.  Experience shows that a large percentage never happen, or open years late, or open with a different operator to the planned one.

This one is so weird that I couldn’t resist however.  Six Senses, the uber-luxury chain recently acquired by IHG, is to open a hotel in the old Whiteleys department store in Bayswater in 2023.  It will have 110 rooms and there will be an additional 14 Six Senses-managed apartments for sale.

If you don’t know Bayswater then you won’t fully undertand how odd this is.  Whilst, on paper, it looks close to very wealthy parts of London and only seconds from Hyde Park, Queensway – the road where Whiteleys sits – is, to put it mildly, not exactly upmarket.  Six Senses London guests will not be short of places to buy fried chicken, place a bet, visit a £1 emporium or launder their clothes.

That said …. the developer is someone I used to work with, Alex Michelin of Finchatton, who is responsible for the Four Seasons Private Residences currently approaching completion in Grosvenor Square.  His judgement is usually sound, so perhaps we are about to see major change in Bayswater.

The hotel will, when open, be bookable on IHG Rewards Club points and should be the most luxurious IHG property in London.

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Comments (189)

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  • Shoestring says:

    Looks like the HfP team will be working from home a bit more!

    • Rob says:

      Can’t comment on Alpro! Moorgate is a shared building so a faulty lift is not a WW issue. Coffee machines are more reliable than 2 years ago after being replaced. Free beer still on all floors from 4pm.

      It is true the new white mugs are unbranded. They were bought in a hurry, to be fair, after WW scrapped paper coffee cups. They do at least take coffee – the older branded blue mugs, in a stroke of genius, were too small to take a standard shot of coffee from the machines ….

      There was a coworking place in Shoreditch recently where the bailiffs turned up at 5pm and evicted everyone! A Glasgow landlord has apparently cancelled a WeWork lease even though the fit out was half done, over fears of default down the line.

      People who use WW remain very happy with it, which is good news. If we are not paying enough to cover the rent, however, that is an issue ….!

  • Shoestring says:

    [AIRLINES are legally liable for harm caused by the accidental spilling of hot drinks, even if the mishap was not caused by something associated with flying, the EU’s top court has ruled. The European Court of Justice said it was irrelevant if an accident was caused by plane vibrations or turbulence as it ruled on a dispute involving a carrier founded by the late Formula One racing champion Niki Lauda. “An airline is liable for the harm caused by a spilt cup of hot coffee,” the ECJ said after a decision, which cannot be appealed and sets a precedent across the EU.]

    • Peter K says:

      That’s good to know. So if I spill my coffee on me in my own kitchen then I can claim damages from an airline!

      • Shoestring says:

        does seem a bit perverse, to say the least

        I think in the court case it was the litigant’s young daughter spilling his coffee on him & nothing to do with turbulence etc – the most you could say is that the airline possibly brewed the coffee too hot but even 45C can cause scalding so it’s not as if the airline can do much to totally avoid the risk of vexatious claims other than not providing hot drinks at all

        • The Savage Squirrel says:

          We can now look forward to tepid coffee on every flight. Thanks EU!

  • Mr. AC says:

    Not a standard credit card. Rather, more of an instant credit / installments functionality in the app. It was covered in their crowdfunding deck.

  • Henry Young says:

    Regarding Six Senses, one might note that the Queensway area is one of London’s thriving red light districts, perhaps less obvious to the casual observer given that much of the promotional activity has moved on-line. So there is certainly much scope for the entertainment of all your senses nearby !

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