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SULTAN OF BRUNEI DENIES BID FOR GROSVENOR HOUSE HOTEL

Edward Lloyd

SULTAN OF BRUNEI DENIES BID FOR GROSVENOR HOUSE HOTEL

Owner of The Dorchester Hotel The Sultan Of Brunei, has denied bidding £1.2 billion for three hotels including the 494 bedroom London Park Lane Grosvenor House Hotel, owned by India's Sahara Group.  Sahara's Founder and Chairman, Indian tycoon Subrata Roy, who paid £470million for the Grosvenor House in 2010, has been negotiating the sale from New Delhi.  Among bidders for the Grosvenor House, are an investment arm of the Qatari Royal Family and Indian Pharma billionaire Cyrus Poonawalla.

Christopher Cowdray, with a passion for excellence, and a firm belief in the exceptional standards of his team, is the Chief Executive of The Dorchester Collection. The Dorchester Hotel opened its doors in 1931, and has been a home from home for Royalty and celebrities ever since.

Stuart Bowery is the General Manager of The Grosvenor House.

In 1677, heiress Mary Davies married Sir Thomas Grosvenor.  The pastures which came as a dowry, were to become Belgravia and Mayfair, and the Grosvenor House, the home of The Duke of Westminster. In 1920 The Duke decided to sell the property to Arthur Edwards, and in 1927 building work started on converting to the Grosvenor house Hotel. In 1929 the hotel opened its doors, becoming the first in Europe to have en suite bathrooms, and running iced water in every bathroom.The Great Room was originally an ice rink in 1929, where the present Queen aged seven, learned to skate.  With the popularity of ice dances and balls, Arthur Edwards decided to create a banqueting space in 1934, which now hosts events to accomodate 2000 guests.

Stuart Bowery  Cristopher Cowdray

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