International hotelier Grace Leo has announced the acquisition of The Red Lion Hotel in conjunction with Singapore-based shipping entrepreneur and hotel investor, Tim Hartnoll.
The hotel currently comprises 35 bedrooms as well as extensive food and beverage, events spaces, and there are plans to add further bedrooms within the existing footprint.
Grace Leo is a lifetime hotelier and serial entrepreneur. A graduate of Cornell University Hotel School, for a decade she served as a member of the Board of Leading Hotels of the World. Grace has been involved, as either owner or operator, in many of the world’s leading hotels including among others: the Hotel Montalembert in Paris, a seminal ‘design hotel’; the Hotel Lancaster in Paris, a former Savoy Group property and arguably Paris’ most elegant small hotel; and The Royal Riviera in Saint Jean CapFerrat, The Clarence in Dublin and The Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square in London.
Tim Hartnoll, is the executive chairman of X-Press Feeders, part of the Sea Consortium group, a global shipping company based in Singapore. An avid sailor and rower, who grew up between England and Singapore, Tim is a global investor whose hospitality interests include the Bawah Reserve in the Anambas Archipelago in Indonesia.
Grace Leo comments: “After a prolonged search, Tim and I are delighted to have acquired The Red Lion Hotel. We see enormous potential for the property especially in a post Covid-19 world in which we envisage that domestic tourism will become increasingly important, and changing working patterns mean that properties such as this have the potential to re-establish themselves as important community hubs. Now, we plan to embark on an extensive refurbishment process, drawing on my years spent in France and England, in order to create a chic and comfortable hotel, an excellent restaurant and a convivial meeting place.”