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Bits: W Paris to rebrand, Mondrian returns to London, easyJet, KLM and Jet2 slash schedules

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News in brief:

W Paris hotel to rebrand

It seems as if the coronavirus pandemic has claimed another high profile hotel, with news that Marriott’s ‘W’ hotel in Paris is to rebrand.

Les Echos reveals the news in this story.

Marriott is also believed to be losing the Westin Palace Vendome, a short stroll from the W. It was believed that Jumeirah was taking it over and funding a desperately needed renovation, but the hotel continues to be bookable on the Marriott website.

Marriott struggles with the luxury Paris market as it cannot use the Ritz Carlton brand due to trademark issues with the Hotel Ritz. It has the same problem in London and various other cities. St Regis is also believed to face trademark issues in Paris.

Mondrian Shoreditch London

Whilst the Mondrian brand returns to London …..

Closer to home, the Mondrian brand – now owned by Accor – will soon be back in London.

The original Mondrian hotel, in the renovated Sea Containers House building on the South Bank, did not last long. It is now independent, trading as Sea Containers London.

Meanwhile, over in Shoreditch, hotel and private members club The Curtain slipped into receivership in September. It survived less than three years, proving once again that an expensive PR campaign counts for nothing if your underlying product is wrong.

Accor saw an opportunity to revive the Mondrian brand and has now signed a deal to take over the property. The Red Rooster restaurant will go but the private members club which shared the building will remain, keeping The Curtain name. Mondrian Shoreditch will open in 2021 after a soft refurbishment.

Whilst I think the location is poor (by East London standards) the key selling point of the property is the rooftop pool – see image above. It is relatively small when you see it in the flesh, however, and is not a patch on, say, the rooftop pool at New York’s original Soho House. The London weather probably didn’t help either …..

easyjet lockdown schedule

easyJet, KLM and Jet2 slash November flying schedules

Over the last couple of days we have covered the British Airways lockdown flying schedule and the Virgin Atlantic lockdown schedule.

easyJet has said that is will operate only 20% of its normal Winter schedule for its Q1 period. Importantly, this forecast covers the period until the end of the year, pan-Europe, and not just the November lockdown period.

KLM has announced that flights to Amsterdam from Cardiff, Inverness, Teesside and Southampton will be suspended until at least February. With the impressive range of connections from Amsterdam, this represents a bigger blow to travellers in those regions than it may first appear. KLM retains a presence at 13 other UK airports.

The news will come as a blow to passengers of these four regional airports who rely heavily on KLM’s connections to the world via Amsterdam for both inbound and outbound traffic.

Jet2 has decided to shut completely. It will offer no flights from its English bases until 2nd December. Services are due to return on 3rd December.

Comments (36)

  • 1ATL says:

    St Regis is also believed to face trademark issues in Paris.

    This is because of the presence of upmarket independent property Hotel San Regis in the 8th arrendosement.
    It’s the same reason you’ll never see a Four Seasons Resort open in Cyprus – the independent properties were there first.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      I wouldn’t say never but not without consent / some £££

      • 1ATL says:

        Marriott have so many brands at their disposal these days I’m sure it’s not actually that much of a problem if they wanted a high end property in Paris – just brand it a Luxury Collection or a JW. Or indeed buy the San Regis if it’s that important.

        • TGLoyalty says:

          Agree Luxury collection is probably the best route

          However, St Regis and Ritz Carlton are two they’d probably love to have in London and Paris. Losing the lanesborough was probably a mistake as st Regis really is best in a character building rather than new build tower etc.

  • John says:

    So effectively the “travel ban” is being implemented by the airlines. I wonder if this was the plan all along?

    • Eshaq Choudhury says:

      Except for Ryanair who seem to be going full speed ahead. Any idea how they ‘enforce’ a travel ban?

    • Relay says:

      Also curious on enforcement. I have house viewings on Tenerife to undertake.

      • TGLoyalty says:

        There really is no enforcement. If you can make it to the airport you’ll make it on your flight.

    • Al says:

      No, I’d say the travel ban is very much being forced onto airlines who can’t justify operating with such low load factors… maybe that was the plan all along.

    • Brian says:

      It’s looking like it’ll be a while before passenger numbers recover to anything like pre pandemic levels unfortunately. Long haul is pretty much dead (with a few exceptions) for the next few months

  • Lumma says:

    I’m curious as to why you think the Curtain hotel is in a bad location? Too far from Harrods?

    • Mark says:

      Was wondering this too, it’s a great location if you are working in the Moorgate end of the City

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Have to say I was thinking what the location issue was

      • Rob says:

        I lived in East London for almost 15 years. I tend to treat the area around Shoreditch House / Boundary as the preferential site for a good hotel, based on access to what else is going on.

        • Gin and Tonic Please says:

          The Curtain is (was) under 5 mins’ walk from Shoreditch House. Agree it’s on more of a backstreet than a main thoroughfare though. Mind you, so is Citizen M, and that always seems to be busy.

    • Toppcat says:

      Agreed!

  • Michael C says:

    Alway felt the Marriotts had poor central lounge offerings in Paris (for anywhere near a “normal” price!).
    Thanks largely to a positive review from Rob, I believe, tried the Hilton Opera last Xmas, and was very happy. Gorgeous lobby area, not large but v pleasant room, decent lounge and, above all, fabulous location.

    • Nick says:

      Are you having a laugh? Marriott is ‘poor’ location but Hilton ‘great’… it’s literally around the corner from the W!!

      I stayed at the W Paris a while ago. Nice hotel but rooms very tiny (even for Paris). They did give me a one-category upgrade and free drinks as Gold even though they shouldn’t really have done (I booked through LM), so I dread to think what the original room would have looked like. I did enjoy it though.

      • Michael C says:

        Location, sure, but don’t remember it having a lounge?
        And as you mention, rooms looked SO small (there are three of us).
        Was thinking more of Marriott-brand with lounges.
        I think I nabbed the Hilton in a sale @ Dec. = €180 for 3 in a club room.

      • Bob says:

        Tiny rooms is the problem for the Westin too and lot of hotels in central paris.

        This often what makes americans not to chose the westin for instance.

        Long time ago, far before marriott buying starwood, I remember an american colleague booking Le Meridien Etoile who had a special agreement with marriott, at that time when mariott had only the champs-elysees property, because the rooms very bigger and she could credit her stay to marriott.

  • Chris S says:

    Jet2 still selling multiple flights a week from Scotland to the Canaries (and Funchal, I think). We’re not ‘banned’ yet, just looked at ascance for thinking of leaving on a flight…

    • Colin MacKinnon says:

      I should be in Fuerteventura now, except Jet2 cancelled both Glasgow and Edinburgh flights on Tuesday just the day before! Surely they could at least have merged them into one flight?

      • Harry T says:

        @ Colin
        I flew out to Tenerife from Edinburgh on Tuesday, and the plane was literally full. Perhaps they only cancelled flights they thought had lower loads?

        • Harry T says:

          I flew with Jet2 btw

          • Colin MacKinnon says:

            For Fuerteventura, Jet2 now only running Glasgow, it seems, and only weekly (was twice a week from Edi and Gla)
            Also not running next week at all.
            Suspect very low loads and fear of package holiday regulations.
            Am just now booking the Ryanair flight for Tuesday- can only go a week because Ryanair not operating to (or back!) from FUE in the second half of November!
            Beautiful day in Scotland yesterday – dull foggy autumn this morning, got to get that Vit D!

    • Harry T says:

      Have a great time, Colin!

  • Mikeact says:

    Shame about SOU…once again it’s the drive up to LHR. This could be a good excuse for KLM to once again, call it a day at SOU…..permanently.

  • TGLoyalty says:

    Accor has a 50% share in the SBE the holding company that owns SLS, Mondrian, Hyde, NY Hudson, Sanderson and St martins lane.

    Though seems none of their hotels actually take part in ALL? Is that going to change or will they stay independent?

  • Peter says:

    Never realised the Ritz in London isn’t actually a Ritz-Carlton! I always thought they just abbreviated it