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.
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, KLM and Jet2 slash November flying schedules
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.