CITIZENM WANTS TO GROW TO 1000+ ROOMS IN LONDON
With recent openings in New York and at Paris Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport, citizenM hotels has taken a few more (baby) steps towards the global footprint it wants to have, which includes a list of target cities ranging from Rome to Toronto and Stockholm to Sydney.
We’re always happy with a new hotel that mixes the stylish and the affordable, so we are eagerly awaiting the planned growth spurt the Dutch brand is to have in London. Over the next several years, the 192 rooms it currently offers – in its Bankside property – should go up to just over 1000 across four hotels.
Starting at Tower Hill with the brand’s flagship, citizenM Tower Hill is being built right on top of the tube station of the same name. It will be the largest hotel yet, with 370 modular rooms that are built offsite and craned into place. On the top two floors, there will be a ‘SocietyM’ business club. The hotel will have fantastic views over the Tower of London, the river, and Renzo Piano’s Shard across the water. A few steps through the small park out front, the Four Seasons at Trinity Square is under construction inside the former Port Authority of London as well.
Over in Holborn (or as Boris Johnson would like us to say, ‘Midtown’), we’ve walked by the vacant office block above many times, with little sign over time of anything changing at all. We always thought a thorough revamp of the existing building could create the hotel, but renderings we discovered clearly show that’s not the plan.
This is what the 250-room hotel – called citizenM St. Paul’s – should look like, which will be combined with office space on the side where Snow Hill meets Holborn Viaduct.
Lastly, we mentioned citizenM Shoreditch when we talked about Michael Achenbaum’s The Curtain Hotel. Given where Shoreditch is at, it makes perfect sense for citizenM to move here as well. The hotel will be part of the ‘Shoreditch Village’ development, with shops, a café, and restaurants on the lower floors and 185 modular hotel rooms stacked on top.
We’re hoping Tower Hill will open in 2016, but Shoreditch possibly and St. Paul’s definitely will require more patience – 2017 or 2018?
[Renderings: Balfour Beatty, Studio Anyo, Ellis Miller]