Academy Award-winning actor Robert De Niro has been given the green light from Westminster Council to build a new 83-room luxury hotel in London’s Covent Garden. The Wellington Hotel is De Niro’s newest venture and will be backed by the actor, BD Hotels and Capital & Counties Properties PLC (Capco).
The upmarket lodgings will feature a luxury spa, two restaurants, a deli/café and an exclusive members’ club. De Niro said, “London is one of the most exciting and cosmopolitan cities in the world. It makes perfect sense to develop a hotel that represents all of that in the heart of this city in Covent Garden.
“The Wellington Hotel would honour the heritage of the area, while bringing the best of what we’ve done in New York to London.”
Room plans and nightly rates for his new London hotel have not been revealed, but his New York hotel charges £1,400 a night for a 900 square foot suite and £10,500 a night for its three-bedroom penthouse. De Niro is also in the midst of developing a high-end resort on the Caribbean island of Barbuda, with billionaire Aussie media mogul James Packer.
But it’s not been all plain sailing for De Niro’s real estate ventures – last December his Nobu Hotel Manila was voted worst luxury hotel of the year by Luxury Travel Intelligence, a members-only, high-end travel rating company.