An Indian billionaire has transformed the Scotland Yard building, headquarters for the Metropolitan police into a 5-star hotel at a reported cost of 75 million pounds, and a night at the place will cost you around INR 8 lakh (per night). By Kumar Shree
Kerala-based billionaire Yusuffali Kader acquired the historical Scotland Yard building in 2015 for 110 million pounds. After four years in the renovation and transformation, the building has now evolved into a five-star hotel. A night at the place will cost you a massive amount of INR 8 lakh per night. The renovation came at a cost of 75 million pounds, which translates into Rs 584,88,16,050.
The building which was constructed in 1829, served as the headquarters for the London Metropolis Police for over 60 years until 1890. Mr. Yusuf, the man who now owns the property heads the Abu Dhabi-based Lulu group, and his company posts turnover of over 5.6 billion pounds. The hotel will have 153 rooms, and the same will offer the picturesque views of Westminster Abbey, Nelson’s Column and Buckingham Palace in London.
The Scotland Yard building holds special relevance in the history of the United Kingdom, and the essence of the authentic architecture has been maintained through the revamping process as well. The police cells have been converted into workspace areas, and the old prisoner rooms are made into meeting rooms that can be rented on request. The guests renting it will be able to use the tea parlour, a ballroom, a secret whiskey bar and a great restaurant.
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The hotel decorations even include the artwork by prisoners, and a grand chandelier at the hotel made out of glass refers as a tribute to the gang of famous female robbers, the Forty Elephants. The hotel, which is to be operated by the Hyatt group is all set to start operations this year itself.