Royal Garden Hotel
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|Royal Garden Hotel|
|Location||London, England, United Kingdom|
|Number of rooms||394|
|Number of suites||17|
|Number of restaurants||2|
Royal Garden Hotel is a 5 red star hotel in London, England. It is located in the heart of Kensington, on Kensington High Street, overlooking Kensington Palace and gardens. The palace, Hyde Park and the Royal Albert Hall can all be seen from the hotel.
What is now called the Royal Garden Hotel was originally built in the 1800s under the name of the Palace Hotel with a completely different image and layout. As part of the war effort in the 1900s it was taken over and used as the headquarters for the Woman's Royal Voluntary Service. In the 1960s, as part of a Labour Government grant the hotel was demolished and completely rebuilt under the design of Colonel Richard Seifert. After five years of construction the hotel re-opened in 1965 under the Royal Garden Hotel brand, as it stands today. In 1966 it hosted the official reception celebrating England's victory in the World Cup final.
In 1994 the Royal Garden Hotel undertook a £30 million refurbishment, opening again for guests in April 1996, under the management of the Goodwood Group. The Royal Garden is one of three partner hotels, the other two being the Goodwood Park Hotel and the York Hotel.
In May 2011, the hotel completed the final stage of an extensive £45 million refurbishment, unveiling a further 154 newly renovated bedrooms situated on the first to fourth floors.
The director of the hotel, Mrs Jennifer Carmichael, is a daughter of the late chairman, Tan Sri Khoo Teck Puat. A statue of the late chairman can be found in the lobby of the Royal Garden celebrating the history of the hotel.
The Royal Garden Hotel has 394 Bedrooms over 10 floors. It contains two restaurants, one on the ground floor called the Park Terrace and a Chinese restaurant on the 10th floor called Min Jiang which overlooks Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park and London's Skyline. The hotel has a 24 hour gym.