Courthouse Hotel Kempinski has 116 rooms and suites.
The 13 suites are located in the former judges
robing rooms and the spectacular Lalique Suite is
sited within the former London residence to the Metropolitan
Police Commissioner. The 103 rooms are housed in a
brand new wing built on the site of a former police
station, holding cells and a shooting range
The erstwhile police commissioner's London bedroom
at the Court House has now been converted into a rooftop
terrace, the tariff for which is 2,500 pounds per
Joginder Sangar is already running three hotels including
'The Washington' at Mayfair, 'Bentley' near Gloucester
Sangar got agreement with International hotel group
Kempinski to run Courthouse Hotel Kempinski under
their brand name and its sister hotel The Bentley
Kempinski, are represented by Kempinski Hotels &
Resorts, Europes oldest and most established
luxury hotel management group. The addition of these
two hotels of distinction in London marks an important
step in the international expansion of the Kempinski
group, with luxurious palaces, landmark city hotels,
world-class resorts and refined residences in Europe,
the Middle East, Africa, South America and Asia. The
group will grow from its current 37 hotels to over
60 under operation within the next three years.
Restaurants & Bars
There are three dining areas; Carnabys
with separate street entrance, offers all day dining
with a lively, buzzy atmosphere. Silk
is located within the infamous No. 1 Courtroom where
the great and not so good have pleaded their cases
in previous years. This is fine dining at its most
special with cuisine following the ancient Silk Route,
flavoured by radical inspiration from Europe by head
chef, Elisha Carter, formally of Lolas in Islington.
The Waiting Room is transformed into an
elegant palm-filled atrium in which to relax and enjoy
breakfast, light meals and afternoon tea.
The Bars clubby atmosphere is emphasized
by low seating, a wall-length glass bar and a monochrome
design scheme of black and white leather. The three
former Ladies Cells are retained, though upgraded,
to offer intimate, private booths, complete with bunk
bed and ice-bucket charmingly fashioned from the original
Victorian lavatory! The Roof Terrace is
the ultimate retreat and an exclusive rendez-vous,
from where to enjoy light meals and exquisite cocktails,
The Spa has a fully equipped gymnasium, which is
separated from the stunning wet areas by a glass wall.
The wet areas comprise a hot tub and a large square
swimming pool. There are two aluminium treatment rooms
with glass floors, one of which is suspended over
the pool (though swimmers please note, you cannot
The hotel has seven meeting rooms, catering for a
maximum of 130 people (theatre style) in the largest
room. Release, the hotels extravagant private
screening room, seats up to 100 people and is the
largest of its kind in London. With aubergine walls
and large apple green leather chairs, the room can
be used as a dramatic meeting room when not in cinematic
owns the 'best' hotel in London
PTI[ SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2003 03:32:07 PM ]
LONDON, NOVEMBER 16, 2003
The Bentley, a 64-room luxury hotel, jointly
owned by a leading NRI entrepreneur Joginder Sangar
and a Turkish developer has become London's "exclusive
and the best hotel."
Formally launched on Diwali day, the hotel, worth
40 million pounds, boasts of 600 tonnes of marble
throughout its rooms and suites, Frette linen, jacuzzi
baths, Penhaligon's toiletries and Ginori china imported
Besides, crystal chandeliers, Louis XV furniture
and beautiful silk fabrics, also find place in the
hotel. Fit to serve Kings, Presidents and Prime Ministers,
The Bentley, originally built in 1880 as four private
residences, has undergone a 10-year refurbishment.
"No expense has been spared on the interiors
of this swish addition to London's hotel scene,"
commented Days Out a leading magazine on hotels here.
"Once in a while, a hotel comes along to challenge
the hegemony of designer minimalism. This season's
contender is The Bentley, a fondant-white Victorian
residence in South Kensington and might have been
made for outri Fashion Week mavens," Evening
Standard observed in its latest issue.
The spacious Imperial Suite, with a grand piano and
a dining room which can accommodate upto twelve guests,
costs 4,000 pounds a night. "But the guest will
have a chauffeur driven Bentley car at his or her
disposal during the period of stay in the exclusive
and best hotel in London," Sangar said.