September 11, 2001

51 Buckingham Gate awarded highest accolade by the RAC

The RAC Gold Ribbon award 2001

51 Buckingham Gate, the luxury design-led serviced suites and apartments in London’s St. James’, has been awarded the RAC Gold Ribbon for 2001. This is the RAC’s highest accolade which celebrates a consistent commitment to superlative standards of customer care, service and accommodation.

Listed as a five-star Townhouse Hotel in the 2001 edition of the RAC hotel guide, this most recent award marks the ascent of 51 Buckingham Gate into the ranks of London’s leading hotels. The RAC Gold Ribbon is a highly distinguished accolade illustrated by other hotels holding the award: the Four Seasons Hotel, the Dorchester, the Ritz, the Connaught and the Lanesborough Hotel.

Bernard de Villèle, Vice President Business Development and Operations for Europe and the Americas and General Manager of `51’, commented, "We are absolutely delighted to receive this prestigious award. The RAC’s ongoing endorsement of 51 Buckingham Gate has helped to establish the property alongside London’s finest hotels."

Offering 82 luxurious suites and apartments, 51 Buckingham Gate brings the `home away from home’ concept of traveling to a new level. Ideal for the leisure and business traveler, the recently re-styled apartments offer the convenience and facilities of a world class hotel with the space and comfort of a private home. Accommodation ranges from Junior Suites up to the Prime Ministers Suite offering five-bedrooms and over 5000 square feet of floor space. The Prime Ministers Suite and adjoining Chancellors Suite were inaugurated by John Major on 21st May 2001.

`51’ embraces three buildings (Kings, Ministers and Falconers) with each house having its own unique design and style.

Butlers, trained at the world renowned Ivor Spencer Butler School, are also on hand to further enhance the guests’ experience. Guests can also benefit from a range of services such as the Club St. James Court which offers the only Shiseido Spa in England and a fully equipped 24 hour e-business centre.