MICHAEL ACHENBAUM CONFIRMS THE CURTAIN HOTEL AND MEMBERS CLUB SHOREDITCH
We have to go back as far as late 2013 for the news that Michael Achenbaum – the man behind Gansevoort Hotel Group – would open a property in London’s almost painfully trendy Shoreditch. Two years and much speculation later, the first details of what will rise on Curtain Road, just west of Shoreditch High Street Station, are finally here.
First, it won’t be a Gansevoort Hotel. Rather, the nine-story building (six above ground, three below) will simply take its name from the road it’s on: The Curtain Hotel and Members Club. The rendering shows an exterior of dark and light brick combined with traditional factory style windows to blend in with the hotel’s surroundings. Inside, there will be 114 rooms, six suites and two restaurants, as well as meeting venues and a screening room. Art throughout the hotel will be curated by gallerist Steve Lazarides and photographer Mick Rock.
Different as its name may be, the hotel does look to its New York Gansevoort siblings for what’s happening upstairs: a 1,600 square meter rooftop with swimming pool (Moroccan-inspired, in case you were wondering), retractable roof, bar, and café. The Curtain Spa will have a hammam, and Jon Squirrell of Vault workout studios will design the fitness centre.
Opening is projected for next summer, but based on what we’ve seen in person and what we know of hotel construction, that feels rather soon to us. The members club will be integrated within the hotel but have a range of separate facilities, like a whiskey bar and private courtyard.
The Curtain’s immediate environment isn’t short of places to stay. Head east and you’ll find The Ace Hotel, The Boundary, and Shoreditch House. Dutch millennial brand citizenM is building one of its three additional London hotels in between The Ace and The Curtain, due to open next year as well. Within a few blocks west there is The Hoxton Shoreditch, the M by Montcalm Shoreditch, and the future Nobu Shoreditch, Great Eastern Street Hotel, and the hotel conversion of the Old Street Magistrates Court.