Lonely Planet Writer

London landmark Admiralty Arch set to become a luxury hotel

Landmark London building, Admiralty Arch, is set to become a luxury hotel in 2022, and will be operated by Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts. We can only imagine the spectacular views guests will enjoy across London’s skyline, considering the hotel will be located adjacent to the Mall, Trafalgar Square and half a mile from Buckingham Palace.

Admiralty Arch in London is to become a luxury hotel. Image: @tsantos/Budget Travel

Admiralty Arch was commissioned by King Edward VII in memory of his mother, Queen Victoria, and it was completed in 1912 and designed by Sir Aston Webb. It’s now a Grade I listed building, and previously served as the residence of the First Sea Lord and was used by the Admiralty. It housed the UK Government’s Cabinet Office until 2011, but property developer, Prime Investors Capital, paid £60m for a 250-year lease in 2015.

Cadets march through Admiralty Arch in a Trafalgar Day Parade in London. Image: Anthony Devlin/PA Images via Getty Images

It is now spending £100m to renovate the property and turn it into a luxury hotel, residences and a private members club. The company chose Waldorf Astoria, a brand owned by Hilton, to operate the hotel from 12 top luxury hotel brands who had expressed interest. While the architectural and historical features will be preserved and restored, the Admiralty Arch Waldorf Astoria will have 96 rooms and suites, three restaurants, a spa and a rooftop bar.

Admiralty Arch in London is being developed as a hotel. Image: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

“This agreement marries the timeless elegance of Waldorf Astoria with the historic grandeur of one of London’s great monuments,” said Christopher J. Nassetta, president and CEO of Hilton. “Projects of this calibre are rare, and Admiralty Arch Waldorf Astoria will provide a truly unforgettable hospitality experience when it opens to guests.”