Opening a hotel at any time can present itself with pressures, but opting for a grand opening in 2020 was sure to bring an array of unexpected and unwelcome stresses. Having said that there were some exciting new hotels being presented to us this year, and one that we are particularly excited about is Nobu Hotel London Portman Square.
Opening its doors very briefly in December before another local lockdown came into force, the latest Nobu hotel follows in the successes of Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay and Nobu Restaurant Monte Carlo and is looking ahead to 2021 to be able to properly present itself to guests.
The 249-room Nobu Hotel London sits on the corner of Marylebone’s Portman Square and is the third collaboration between Nobu Hospitality and L+R Hotels.
It will feature a Nobu restaurant (moving from Berkeley Street), a Nobu bar with a year-round terrace, fitness centre and wellbeing facilities and a 600 person ballroom to follow in 2021. State-of-the-art events spaces will be available, while those seeking some serenity in the city can head to the pilates studio, juice bar and well-equipped gym.
Grant Campbell, general manager of Nobu Hotel London Portman Square, said: “This is hugely exciting for the team and I, and we can’t wait to welcome our first guests into the hotel and restaurant. The support that we have had so far has been fantastic – with bookings for the restaurant far exceeding our expectations in the current climate.
“Despite the tremendously difficult challenges of the past year, we’re now looking forward to playing our part in the comeback of hospitality in London and beyond.”
Award-winning David Collins Studio is responsible for the design of the hotel’s public spaces including the lobby, the lounge, Nobu bar and restaurant, outdoor terrace, ballroom and bedrooms.
The design has taken a contemporary approach with inspirations from Japanese architectural disciplines and minimalist design. The lobby has a dramatic high ceiling featuring a hanging kinetic sculpture created by award-winning Ivan Black. Above the reception console there is a statement pendant light created by world renowned freehand glass blower Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert.
The rooms and suites are designed by Make Architects echo a distinct character and allure seen in the rest of the hotel. Guests can book from a range of rooms and suites across seven distinct categories, some with a terrace and views of Portman Square, while a more indulgent experience can be found in the Nobu penthouse. All accommodations, from smartly designed, comfortable rooms to sumptuous suites to the lavish penthouse boast elegant design features and an array of amenities to make a stay here a top quality one.
Though restaurants are now closed, anyone looking to get their fill of the notoriously delightful Nobu cuisine can head to the website and order online – a Godsend for anyone who is fed up of their own cooking.
The hotel has been developed by L+R Hotels who’s portfolio stretches to Cliveden House, Chewton Glen, Hilton Park Lane and Fairmont Monte Carlo. L+R Hotels boasts 17,000 bedrooms across the UK, Continental Europe, the US and the Caribbean. Their collection ranges from service hotels to five-star hotels in Europe’s most sought after cities.