LuLu’s Yusuffali Buys Scotland Yard for Rs 1000 Crore, Turns it into 5-Star Hotel

Great Scotland Yard. — File photo

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NEW DELHI — Great Scotland Yard, which once served as headquarters for the Metropolitan police in London, is now a luxurious 5-star hotel where the stay for one night is likely to cost Euro 10,000.

Yusuffali MA, a UAE-based business tycoon from Kerala, India, who is chairman of Abu Dhabi-based retail giant LuLu Group had earlier in 2015 bought the iconic building for Rs 1000 crore (£110 Million) to make it a 5-star hotel while retaining the essence of the original building.

Great Scotland Yard has special relevance in UK history as it was chosen by the then Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel as the headquarters for the Met police in 1829.

The renovated hotel is reportedly all set to open later this year and will be managed by the Hyatt Group.

The hotel will have 153 rooms and the tariff per night is expected to go up to Rs 7,79,842 (10,000 euro). These suites offer guests picturesque views of Nelson’s Column, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace, making it one of the most unique locations in London.

What Yusuffali says about the property: “This is a very prestigious project for us as this is one of the most well-known property not just in the UK but around the world. We have not left any stones unturned to make this the most sought-after hotel while retaining the essence of the original building, so that each of our guests get a truly memorable experience”.

Adeeb Ahamed, son-in-law of Yusuffali and the Managing Director of Twenty14 Holdings, the hospitality arm of Lulu Group said, “Renovating the Great Scotland Yard building and unveiling the UK’s first Unbound Collection hotel will bring a truly individual and world-class hotel to London.

“The Great Scotland Yard is really an important part of the fabric of London and it is a great opportunity for us to be a part of the culture and legacy of this great city and help in its development. The Great Scotland Yard will be an enriching landmark in Westminster as a high-end luxury boutique hotel that recaptures the history, culture, and essence of the London of yore.”

(With inputs from New Indian Express)



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