The top floor of Leicester Square’s newest luxury hotel will boast impressive views across London, showcasing an uninterrupted skyline from the city to the London Eye and beyond.
But it’s the bottom floor that is perhaps its most impressive feat – to get to it, guests will descend 30 metres below ground.
Nine floors will be above ground and six will be below, making it almost as deep as it is tall.
The hotel and adjoining Odeon cinema will form an island site with 350 guest rooms, 15 suites, five restaurants and lounges, a rooftop bar, a subterranean spa and two cinema screens, also underground. All bedrooms will be above ground.
It will also have a 1,000 capacity ballroom which will also be a big boost to the UK’s ability to accommodate major film industry events, a BFI employee told Business Traveller. The cinema will be accessible from the hotel, which will also have rooms specifically for hosting film junkets and equipment for hosting media crews.
The site was formerly home to the Odeon West End, which was demolished in 2015 after the removal of extensive amounts of asbestos. The redevelopment was first reported by Business Traveller in 2012.
Excavation on the subterranean levels began in August 2015 and the hotel held a ‘Bottoming Out’ ceremony in February, marking the completion of the lowest level. On Thursday it held its ‘Topping Out’ ceremony, attended by members of the Singh family –owners of Edwardian Hotels.