Glion visits The Landmark London
In November, The Landmark London welcomed Glion’s film crew for a movie shoot, and we got a ton of great shots that highlight the mix of historic beauty, innovative improvements and a dynamic city vibe that defines hospitality culture in London today. As iconic hotels go, The Landmark London truly represents the revolutions that shaped the world of travel and tourism. After we admired the classy luxury of The Landmark London as it exists today, we also took the time to learn more about this iconic hotel’s colorful past.
The Last of the Victorian Railway Hotels
The Landmark’s London historic origins as a Victorian railway hotel are still visible today in the covered walkway that joins the hotel to Marylebone Station. This walkway creates a seamless, rain-free transition from the railway station to the hotel lobby, and gives visitors a taste of the past when genteel Victorians could descend from trains and stride right into the hotel’s lush interior.
The site was chosen by visionary entrepreneur Sir Edward Watkin (1819-1901) who saw a promising location for a railway hotel. At the time, steam engines made travel by train much faster and the concept of tourism was growing, as was London’s population, and Marylebone Station was an ideal spot for visitors to arrive in the city. Unfortunately, the hotel was born a bit too late, as the Great Central Railway Company had financial troubles before the hotel opened. The site was sold for a pittance and updated in the Gothic revival style for the opening of the Great Central Hotel in 1899.
The Hotel’s Iconic Features
The Landmark London is a stately property with a striking profile that rises above the neighboring buildings and a large clock tower similar to Big Ben. Nearly a hundred and twenty years after its conception, the hotel is full of remnants of the past that have been transformed for more modern purposes. At the center of the hotel, an eight-story glass roof atrium houses the Winter Garden restaurant. In the early 1900s, guests were deposited in this inner courtyard in carriages and in the 1920s the space was transformed into a ballroom to accommodate the dancing and parties of the Roaring Twenties. Today, the atrium’s high glass ceiling creates a unique atmosphere and gives the hotel an air of historic opulence. It also provides a luxurious lounging space where visitors can enjoy the outdoor light while they escape the rain and cold.
One of the best features of The Landmark London is the location. The hotel is just a few minutes on foot from many of London’s famous tourist attractions such as Madame Tussaud’s, the Planetarium, Baker Street and Regent’s Park. Yet, the hotel is far enough away from the noise and crowds of central London to offer visitors a haven of peace and relaxation.
Five-Star Luxury Rooms, Restaurants and Services
The Landmark London is classed as a five-star hotel with 300 rooms, including 51 suites. The hotel boasts a large variety of guest room lay-outs, sizes and classes, offering travelers a choice of room rates and styles for families, business travelers and couples. The Winter Garden is a two-AA rosette restaurant which serves modern European cuisine; the twotwentytwo Restaurant and Bar serves brasserie style dishes and drinks in a casual, yet classy setting; while the Mirror Bar is an ideal place for cocktails and late-night drinks. In addition to regular meals and drinks, the hotel attracts tourists and Londoners alike with a magnificent afternoon tea service and Sunday brunches. On the lower floor of the hotel, The Landmark London Spa & Health Club features serene treatment rooms, a 15-metre chlorine-free heated swimming pool, a glass-walled poolside Klafs sanarium, menthol and sandalwood showers, steam rooms, a whirlpool, and newly-refurbished gym.
The People Policy “Better Tomorrow than Today”
Old hotels are notoriously hard to maintain with their delicate facades and other quirky features that have to be refreshed for the modern era, but the staff at The Landmark London takes that all in stride. In addition to overseeing continuous refurbishments to the hotel’s facilities and guest rooms, Mr. Andrew Batchelor, General Manager at The Landmark London since 2013, focuses on improving the staff and services as well.
The Landmark London is an “Investors in People” Gold Organization. This internationally recognized accreditation uses rigorous assessment criteria to help organizations evaluate and improve their performance in managing people and developing talent, thereby improving staff retention, productivity and engagement.
For years now, The Landmark London has been hiring interns and graduates from Glion Institute of Higher Education. The company was also present at the Careers and Internship Fair where over 40 of the world’s leading hospitality and services companies visited the Glion London campus. During the film crew visit, Mr. Batchelor expressed how happy they were with Glion students because they are well trained and ready to work – with a lot of passion for the industry.
The same spirit of positive collaboration came through in our discussions with Giulia Natale, a Glion alumna who enjoyed her internship at the hotel so much she reapplied for a permanent position after graduation and she is currently the Guest Relations Manager at The Landmark London.
For more information about The Landmark London Hotel, visit the website http://www.landmarklondon.co.uk/en or check out their social media profiles:
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