The People Behind Great Hotel Designs

After seeing such high-rise luxury and themed hotels, have you not ever wondered: who might be the great minds behind these eye-catching hotels that stand the test of time and change? The following are the notable names that ought to be recognized and given credit for their creative ideas and careful planning to build railway hotels which surged in popularity in the 19th century.Charles Barry and Charles Edward Barry, were the minds that conceptualized the design of the Andaz Hotel when it was first opened in 1884 in Liverpool Street Station. Colonel Robert Edis made the extension of the hotel possible in 1901. This hotel was closed for three years from 1997-2000 while undergoing a 70million pound renovation. It reopened on February 28th, 2000. This hotel was originally known as the Great Eastern Hotel, until it changed its name in November 2007.

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J.T. Knowles designed the Grosvenor Hotel in Victoria Station when it first opened in 1861. Knowles incorporated elegant Italian style with French Renaissance in designing the roof of the hotel. It was the first hotel to feature elevators or “ascending rooms” as they called it that time. The elevators were powered using the city’s water pressure.Lewis Cubitt was the genius behind the Great Northern Hotel, situated at the Kings Cross Station. It was opened on May 17, 1854. This was the oldest purpose hotel in London built solely for providing a place to stay in for weary travellers. To make way for the channel tunnel link, the hotel was later demolished. Its beautiful facade was restored however. The hotel closed in February 2001 and it was now used to house railway offices.Robert William Ellis designed the Great Central Hotel in Marylebone Station when it first opened in 1899. During World War II, it was used as home for the recovery of the British Railways Board. It reopened in 1993 as a luxury hotel, but two years later after it was sold to a new company, they changed the name to Landmark Hotel.Edward Middleton Barry was the mind behind Charing Cross Hotel in Charing Cross Station when it opened on May 15, 1865. What was unforgettable in this hotel is its facade finished with a French Renaissance Elegance and beauty. In front of the hotel stands the 70-foot replica of the Eleanor Cross, which originally stood there in 1291.Philip Charles Hardwick was the architect who handled the construction project of the Great Western Hotel way back in 1851. It was officially opened on June 8, 1854, the same date that the Paddington Station was opened for the use of the public. This hotel was known as UK’s first railway hotel based from the efforts of Albert the Prince Consort. The hotel underwent major remodelling in 1936 and 1938 and it changed its name to Hilton Paddington in 2002.

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Sir George Gilbert Scott worked hard to make the Midland Grand Hotel a striking red gothic structure that stood out at the mouth of the St. Pancras Station. It was originally built in 1868 but closed in 1935 because of not making profit. It is set to be reopened on October 2009 as the Renaissance St. Pancras Hotel London.So the next time you get to see such marvelous hotel designs and architecture, you already know to whom you should direct all the credit and the good words of praise.