By Majella Taylor, New Openings Editor, H&C News: art’otel London Battersea Power Station appoints GM for opening.
art’otel London Battersea Power Station, the city’s most anticipated hotel opening this autumn, has announced the appointment of Jennifer McCabe as General Manager, with the task of overseeing the operations of the brands debut in the UK.
McCabe’s 15 years of experience in premium hotel management has been developed at the likes of Le Monde in Edinburgh as well as The Firmdale Group’s Soho, Covent Garden, Knightsbridge, and Charlotte Street Hotels and most recently, Holmes Hotel London.
Renowned for her passionate leadership and innovative approach to guest services, her most recent position as General Manager of Marylebone’s Holmes Hotel between 2019 and 2022 saw her oversee a full strategic repositioning of the hotel into a luxury and lifestyle brand, resulting in it being awarded a World Luxury Hotel Award for the Best Heritage Hotel.
“art’otel is one of Europe’s most unique and inspiring hotel brands, and I can’t wait to bring its creative spirit to London’s iconic Battersea Power Station” says McCabe. “As a location that has inspired creativity for decades, art’otel’s new vibrant energy will play a key part in the next chapter for Battersea Power Station. The hotel will be a space for endless creative inspiration and we can’t wait to welcome our first guests.”
art’otel will be located within Battersea Roof Gardens, a new building designed by Foster + Partners forming a key part of Electric Boulevard, a collection of buildings comprising homes, offices and a new pedestrianised high street which sits to the south of the iconic Power Station. The 164-bedroom hotel will feature ‘JOIA’ – a new skyline destination restaurant and bar, rooftop swimming pool, as well as a gym, spa, event facilities, a Grand Café and Art Gallery. Progress on the hotel’s construction is nearing completion, with the guest rooms, bar and restaurant now being fitted out.
Opening to the public in Autumn 2022, Battersea Power Station will be home to 254 residential apartments, over 100 retail shops, restaurants and cafés, including a unique 20,000 sq ft food hall concept, offices, event spaces and a chimney lift experience which will transport visitors 109m up to the top of the Power Station’s northwest chimney, offering stunning 360° views of London.
With the Northern Line extended to give this new riverside neighbourhood its very own Zone 1 London Underground station, Battersea Power Station is now within 15 minutes of the West End and the City and is expected to draw visitors from across the capital and the globe, becoming one of London’s most visited destinations, boosting the local economy and creating over 17,000 jobs. Battersea Power Station is also accessible by Uber Boat by Thames Clippers, bus, bike, car, and train.