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New InterContinental opens its door in London

January 2, 2013, 12:40 pmYahoo!7

InterContinental London Westminster has opened its doors as a luxury, six-storey hotel in the prestigious royal and political heartland of Britain.

New InterContinental opens its door in London
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There's a new luxury hotel in historic Westminster, the prestigious royal and political heartland of Britain.

The first InterContinental to open in the UK for over 35 years, InterContinental London Westminster occupies the former Queen Anne's Chambers – an historic 19th Century address, previously home to the Treasury Solicitor and The Brewer’s Society.

Behind its townhouse-style exterior, InterContinental London Westminster is an elegant city hideaway with British polish and rich furnishings. Spread across six floors, the new hotel features 256 guest rooms including a stunning penthouse and a collection of one-bedroom and studio suites.

Photo: InterContinental Hotels

The hotel's staff have been specially-trained in the nuances of the esteemed neighbourhood, providing insider knowledge on local highlights, such as New Scotland Yard, The Houses of Parliament, the Ministry of Justice, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben.

Set to be a destination in itself is the hotel's Blue Boar Smokehouse and Bar – a luxurious spin on the traditional British pub, offering everything from local ale to signature cocktails, and a menu of rustic dishes created in the on-site charcoal and smoking ovens using authentic smokehouse techniques.

Other features include cocktail and champagne bar Emmeline's, The Lobby Lounge serving traditional tea, coffee and homemade sweets, a 24-hour gym, seven meeting and event rooms, and a business centre.

Photo: InterContinental Hotels

InterContinental London Westminster also offers the exclusive Club InterContinental Executive Lounge, located on the first floor of the hotel, providing complimentary breakfast, evening canapés and Wi-Fi to Club guests.

The new hotel is the second InterContinental property to open in London, with InterContinental London Park Lane first opening in 1975 and reopening in 2006 following extensive renovations.