22 Jermyn Street

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Template:Infobox hotel 22 Jermyn Street is a former luxury hotel in London, England. It is located in St James's in the centre of London's West End, 75 yards from Piccadilly Circus.

History

Jermyn Street began construction in 1664. The first house was built on the site of 22 Jermyn Street in about 1685 and during the 18th century it was occupied by tradesmen who served the grandees of St James's Square. However, even since 1685 it functioned as a hotel with tradesmen supplementing their incomes by sub-letting the top rooms as residential chambers to the wealthy men-about-town. By 1861 the occupier was an Italian silk merchant, Cesare Salvucci. Around 1876 it was purchased by a military tailor who amongst his lodgers included banker Theodore Rothschild. The current building was built in 1870 for the home of an English gentleman and then came under the ownership of the Togna family from 1915. The building was reopened in 1990 as a formal hotel and the rooms retained their eccentricity with traditional English furnishings.<ref name="Jerm">www.22jermyn.com</ref> The hotel closed formally on October 1, 2009.

Reception

The hotel has been described by Frommer's as "London's premier town-house hotel, a bastion of elegance and discretion", and describes its sixth floor as "featuring one of the best-equipped computer centers in London, which guests may use for free." The thirteen suites and five studios are decorated in the traditional English style.

The hotel had a notable newsletter which proved popular with guests and its Restaurant Newsletter had an annual circulation of over 56,000 a year.<ref name="Jerm"/>

In February 2010, famous American film critic Roger Ebert criticized its impending demolition. He wrote of his fond experiences at 22 Jermyn Street:

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Awards

Since the hotel opened in 1990 it has won numerous awards, including Where Magazine 'Small Hotel of the Year' in 1993, SLH 'Hotel of the Year' in 1995, Good Hotel Guide 'Cesar Award' in 1996; 'London's Premier Townhouse Hotel'; and the Gault Millau in 1999. Owner Henry Togna was voted one of the World's Best Hoteliers' Entrée in 1998.

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