Front Runners October 2015: The Full English

An Icon Reborn First opened as a hotel in 1991, the Lanesborough ( was already a venerable landmark in London when it closed in 2013 for a top-to-bottom renovation. Adored for its classic decor and attentive butlers, the Regency-style property on Hyde Park Corner has reemerged—18 months and more than $100 million later—as a truly British […]

Private Preview 2015: Grand Reopenings

No matter how elegant and enduring, every grande dame eventually needs a face-lift. This year, three of Europe’s most venerable hotels—one a London landmark, the other two Parisian palaces—plan to reclaim their places among the world’s preeminent properties when they reopen after significant and, by all indications, successful surgeries. The renovations will add modern-day technologies […]