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The Royal Horseguards Hotel, well known because of its connection with the adjoining conference facility One Whitehall Place, is set to become the fourth Guoman Hotel in the first quarter of 2009.
Formerly part of Thistle Hotels, the renamed company is rebranding its top properties, with the Royal Horseguards joining Charing Cross, The Cumberland and The Tower, all central London hotels (and former Thistles).
The refurbishment will see all 280 bedrooms across nine floors renovated by early 2009. Rooms will have built-in features such as iPod docking stations in every room, free wi-fi access in guest bedrooms, surround sound, plasma TVs in the bathroom and mood lighting as standard. The bedroom balconies will also be opened up to overlook the Thames.
A new conservatory restaurant is planned to be built onto the terrace to offer a private area for guests to dine and enjoy views across the Thames and a Guoman Club Lounge will be added, with a further ”1m refurbishment planned for One Whitehall Place.
Guoman has identified two more properties to be re-launched under its brand, The Grosvenor, which was previously the Thistle Victoria, and the Thistle Marble Arch (yet to be named).