Extreme Makeover – Firehouse Edition
Have you ever wondered what a group of investors could do for an old firehouse station, especially one that’s located in the middle of the city? Well, I have your answer! They can turn it into a unique boutique hotel with great service in hospitality. This is exactly what happened to Chiltern Firehouse in London, United Kingdom. The Chiltern Firehouse, also known as Marylebone Fire Station, is located in central London. It was built in 1889 and served as the firehouse to the Marylebone district of the city. Today, however, whilst still an historic building, it’s a high-end hotel surrounded by restaurants and shops.
History of the hotel.
Originally known as Manchester Square Fire Station, it was one of the very first fire houses in London but was decommissioned by the Fire Service in 2005.
Bought by American hotelier André Balazs, it was opened to the public as a hotel in 2013 with 26 bedrooms and suites. The interior design of the hotel is both rustic and homely – it even has a fireman’s pole! The exterior of the building has been well maintained since the 1880s.
The food in the hotel restaurant is exquisite, thanks to Michelin-starred Head Chef, Nuno Mendes. For brunch, diners are greeted at the entrance and receive a complimentary drink, served with the delicious appetizers. The selection of dishes, designed to complement each other, are sure to impress. As for the surroundings, diners cannot fail to appreciate the design of the restaurant with its high ceilings, large mirrors and unique light fittings, highlighting the unique ambience of the historic establishment.
The bedrooms are beautifully designed ensuring maximum comfort for guests with the added benefit of a great view of Marylebone Road.
Chiltern Firehouse today.
People from all around the world visit the Chiltern Firehouse to enjoy the food and sophisticated atmosphere. Guests include celebrities and famous chefs. The restaurant is also popular with families thanks to the warm, thoughtful staff. There is also a seating area beside the open kitchen so customers can watch the orchestral culinary flow from their seats. This iconic hotel within the city of London is a classic example of how buildings can be restored, converted and enjoyed without losing their historical charm.