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Sir George Gilbert Scott suite
The Sir George Gilbert Scott Suite embodies true high Victorian style. It’s the only room in the hotel that’s been 100% restored, from the ceiling and wallpaper to the mirror, floorboards and reproduction furniture.
“This room was the grandest private sitting room in the original hotel,” says Harry Handelsman, owner of the hotel and CEO of Manhattan Loft Corporation. “British Rail then painted over all of the original wallpaper and ceiling design and turned the room into an office.”
Restoration didn’t come cheap. The ceiling was restored at a cost of £90,000 and Harry says it’s impossible to distinguish between the original and this. The original mirror was restored and the wallpaper was re-created – it took five people 18 months to re-produce it at a cost of £46,000 and then a further £12,000 to put on the wall. The floorboards are also the restored originals. Dark and moody, this room is exceptionally Victorian in atmosphere, giving guests a true sense of what it felt like to be here in the late 19th century.