Starwood Capital Group has confirmed that The Grand Hotel will open its doors again this summer following a restoration project to return the city centre landmark to its former glory.
The luxury hotel, a Grade II listed building, will be home to 185 rooms and suites, retaining the building’s mix of French Renaissance, Victorian and Art Deco features and paying homage to its illustrious history.
Original character features throughout the property have been painstakingly restored, including the stone façade, historic ceilings, mosaic tiled floors and grand staircase.
Starwood says the centrepiece Grosvenor ballroom (pictured, above)will be the ‘jewel in the hotel’s crown’, while the restoration also includes new penthouse suites with views across St Phillip’s Cathedral and the city beyond. There’s also a sunken rooftop garden terrace, two new bars and a destination restaurant, a gymnasium, state-of-the-art meeting rooms, collaboration areas and event spaces.
Starwood says interior design by Robert Angell Design International will reflect the passion and spirit of Birmingham, whilst paying homage to the building’s original features and history. In fact, the hotel has enjoyed an illustrious past, having played host to a long list of royalty and famous names including King George VI, Malcolm X, Charlie Chaplin, Winston Churchill and James Cagney.
Cody Bradshaw, Managing Director, Head of International Hotels at Starwood Capital Group, said: “We’re proud to be working with Hortons’ Estate, whose founder, Isaac Horton, originally built the hotel in the 1870s, on a shared vision to create one of the most prestigious hotels in the UK. The restoration of this stunning grande dame building is another milestone in what is an exciting period of transformation for this vibrant city. We look forward to providing visitors to Birmingham – and locals alike with a truly one-of-a-kind destination that celebrates the splendour of this landmark building but with a 21st-century luxury experience.”