Stylish revamp of iconic hotels in New York and London

Sleek design brings new life to The Berkeley and The Lowell

The Collins Room at the Berkeley, Knightsbridge
The Collins Room at the Berkeley, Knightsbridge | Image: © Jamie McGregor Smith

In New York and London, new is old before you know it, and a shiny hotel or restaurant that seems destined for perennial glory can instead fade into obscurity (or ignominiousness) before a year’s out. So when an âgée old favourite is imbued with buzzy new life in precisely the right way, it’s worth spreading the word.

The bedroom of the Penthouse Suite at the reinvented Lowell, Manhattan
The bedroom of the Penthouse Suite at the reinvented Lowell, Manhattan

In the heart of Knightsbridge, a host of thoughtful – and supremely tasteful – renovations has brought The Berkeley (www.the-berkeley.co.uk; from £390; first picture) back into the game: suites reimagined along slick Zen lines by John Heah and Helen Green; the Blue Bar reinvigorated (without sacrificing David Collins’s original genius); and a new entrance, courtesy of Richard Rogers’ Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.

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On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, meanwhile, The Lowell (www.lowellhotel.com; from $520; second picture) reopens in October after its own reinvention by Michael Smith (the Obamas’ choice for White House decor), with the restaurant, Majorelle, and its bar also completely redesigned and under the aegis of Charles Masson, of La Grenouille fame – about as elder-statesman of New York fine dining as it gets.

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