Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants Opens First London Hotel

The Kimpton Fitzroy London is the brand's first hotel in the United Kingdom.

Known for properties that embrace bold design and personal service, San Francisco-born Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is widely credited with introducing the boutique hotel concept to the United States. Now, it's exporting its unique brand to the United Kingdom, where it has opened its first British hotel in London, parent company InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announced yesterday.

The hotel, Kimpton Fitzroy London, is located in London's Bloomsbury neighborhood, which is known for as the intellectual and literary capital of London thanks to its large concentration of museums, educational institutions and bookshops. Housed in a historic building that dates back to 1898, the hotel has 334 guest rooms, four bars and restaurants, a fitness center and over 9,000 square feet of meeting space, including a ballroom for up to 400 guests.

"This hotel will bring a new luxury approach to the U.K. -- a more inclusive style of luxury as opposed to museum-like spaces so guests don't need to keep their voices down in the lobby, or wear a suit jacket to dinner," said General Manager Paul Walters. "A defining trait for the Kimpton brand is the focus on heartfelt human connections. We want guests to enjoy the glamor of a historic iconic building but still feel free to be themselves. It's an approach we're excited to bring to London, as we know it's what guests in this city are craving."

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