by Lisa A. Grimaldi | October 27, 2017
The 96-room Admiralty Arch Waldorf Astoria London -- the British capital's first hotel under the Hilton luxury brand --  will be be built in the iconic Admiralty Arch building, which once housed the offices of James Bond creator Ian Fleming. The hotel, scheduled to open in 2022, will have three restaurants, a spa and a rooftop bar offering  sweeping views across London's skyline. The meeting space has yet to be defined.
 
The historic building -- which opened in 1912 and served as admiralty offices, residences of senior naval officers and Ian Fleming's offices -- was designed by Aston Webb, who also designed Buckingham Palace's facade.
 
Upon announcing the property would fly the Waldorf Astoria flag, Christopher J. Nassetta, president and CEO of Hilton Hotels & Resorts, said "This agreement [with owners Prime Investors Capital] marries the timeless elegance of Waldorf Astoria with the historic grandeur of one of London's great monuments. Projects of this caliber are rare, and Admiralty Arch Waldorf Astoria will provide a truly unforgettable hospitality experience when it opens to guests."
 
He added, "Waldorf Astoria has a legacy of protecting and enhancing historical buildings, from our flagship hotel in New York, which is currently undergoing a comprehensive refurbishment to protect the art deco building for future generations, to this incredible property in London. This partnership brings our iconic luxury brand to London's finest address, and we're proud to partner with Prime Investors Capital Ltd to introduce Waldorf Astoria to London."