Arora Group, which acquired the hotel in December 2021, and Accor, Fairmont’s parent company, announced the agreement on June 28, 2023, demonstrating the growing partnership between the two companies.
Luton Hoo Hotel will join iconic Fairmont properties across the UK and Ireland, such as The Savoy, A Fairmont Managed Hotel, in London; Fairmont St Andrews in Scotland; Carton House, A Fairmont Managed Hotel, in Ireland; and the Arora-owned Fairmont Windsor Park near historic Windsor.
Dating back to 1601, the five-star Luton Hoo Hotel is housed in a historic Mansion House on an estate that spans 1,100 acres of land on the border of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. The hotel is easily reachable from London or Cambridge. Its redevelopment is expected to take a few years.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner again with Arora Group, building upon our tremendous success at Fairmont Windsor Park,” said Sébastien Bazin, chairman and CEO, Accor. “This is an exciting project, truly a piece of history in this region, and we are honored that Arora has entrusted it to Fairmont.”
Adds Mark Willis, CEO, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, “There are few hotels in the world with the incredible heritage and grand, elegant estate of Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa. This is a perfect addition to a collection of hotels that already includes such icons as The Plaza in New York, The Savoy in London, Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai. We will be honored to welcome the Luton Hoo Hotel to the Fairmont family, and are excited to see the property’s transformation unfold over the coming months and years.”
Surinder Arora, Founder and Chairman of Arora Group, commented: “We are incredibly proud to bring the prestigious Fairmont brand once again to Arora’s portfolio of hotels. Over the last decade, our estate has grown significantly, and we are excited to have this historic hotel join our other flagship properties. Luton Hoo’s heritage is exceptional with guests such as Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip spending part of their honeymoon there and Sir Winston Churchill giving his famous post World War II speech to a crowd of 110,000 people. Building on our existing expertise with the brand at Fairmont Windsor Park, we cannot wait to commence the redevelopment and bring this stunning hotel back to is full glory and potential.”