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June 2, 2010

51 Buckingham Gate Launches New London-Inspired Suites

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

London, England – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

51 Buckingham Gate, Taj Suites & Residences announces the launch of five newly renovated suites at their luxury residences in London’s St James. The $1.7 million investment was overseen by London-based designer Sue Freeman and reflects the hotel’s continued dedication in extending a veritable ‘home away from home’ experience for guests.

The inspiration behind the renovation was to extend a feeling of tranquility, evoked by 51’s unique setting, positioned around a secluded courtyard garden – a rarity in Central London.

Two of the suites offer a generous 1,800 square feet of space and come fully-equipped with three spacious bedrooms and bathrooms, in addition to separate kitchen, living and dining room spaces, overlooking 51’s private courtyard. An additional three include a two-bedroom and two one-bedroom suite accommodations, each with separate living and dining spaces. The most outstanding feature is the ability to convert two full floors into a private space, offering nine bedrooms and extensive living areas, connected via an internal staircase – making it one of the largest suites in the city.

“51 Buckingham Gate’s clientele is, by definition, international and both long and short stay. It felt important to create a relaxed and very comfortable interior with an eclectic mix of furniture and artwork to give a truly residential feeling,” states Freeman.

Tasteful remodeling has resulted in carefully-selected interior pieces along with modern conveniences of LCD flat screen televisions and iPod docking stations. The original proportions of the interiors have been reinstated to promote warmth and light, including decorative fixtures alongside luxurious, tactile materials such as velvets, linens and hand-embroidered silks – a gesture to the hotel’s Indian roots.

Freeman has employed a balanced palate of neutral tones with strong, individual color accents to each suite, adding individual flair. Dark wood and polished stainless steel furniture strike a harmony between classic and contemporary design, while customized, art deco-inspired pieces add individuality. Natural flooring has been employed throughout – a mix of dark chocolate marble, neutral wood and woolen carpet.

London-based artist Anna McNeil created a collection of pieces especially for the new suites. The artwork is a contemporary mix of bold, abstract oil paintings, drawings and prints primarily showcasing London’s iconic landmarks.

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