The yacht hotel arrived in the Thames Estuary on April 1, where it is currently undergoing a complete interior refurbishment before moving to its permanent residence in the Royal Victoria Docks, next to ExCeL London.
Sunborn London is operated by ISS Facility Services Hotel Division London (ISS) which will manage all facets of the business including catering, sales and marketing and events as well as the day-to-day management of the hotel.
Sunborn Group Executive Director Hans Niemi said: “The new hotel in London, which is currently the most important city in the world, provides us with an important platform for the Sunborn brand and business concept. We are delighted to be working with ISS, a trusted partner with a solid background in the hospitality industry. Their desire to provide the best bespoke service in the most professional manner blends well with our culture.
Sunborn London is 120m long and has 138 spacious rooms and suites spread over five different decks. The super yacht also has a bar, auditorium, conference rooms, state-of-the-art gym, sauna, treatment rooms and private terraces.
The yacht’s main restaurant on deck 4 seats 80 people and offers panoramic views of the surrounding area. It serves modern European cuisine and offers a buffet breakfast and lunch, as well as an à la carte dinner service. The restaurant is run by chef Robert Prendergast who previously worked at InterContinental Park Lane and Guoman Victoria.
Per night rates for super yacht rooms start from £ 200 and guests can choose from a range of berths, from Classic Rooms to Executive Suites, some of which have balconies. All rooms include free wifi, a Samsung tablet and a flat-screen TV, and have UK, European and US power outlets.
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The arrival of Sunborn London is expected to bring more business opportunities, attention and community to the Dockland area of East London.
ISS has partnered with the East London Business Alliance (ELBA) to recruit over 50% of its staff for Sunborn London. A number of roles, from housekeeping to reception, have been filled by local residents and ISS is one of the first employers in the area to pay hotel staff the London Living Wage.
The hotel is expected to attract business primarily due to its proximity to ExCeL, which expects four million visitors in 2014. The yacht’s luxury accommodation and facilities will also provide a useful base for enjoying local attractions such as the O2 , Royal Greenwich and the Emirates Airline cable car.
Karen Thomson, Director of Hotel Services at ISS, said: “At ISS we see this as a very exciting opportunity. We have worked a lot with our partners to create a totally unique experience, while fostering positive change in the region.