European Charm
    Category: Companies & People By : Yessar Rosendar Read : 2881 Date : Sunday, May 04, 2014 - 17:27:23

    Courtesy of Langham

    "You will find me at The Langham" is a popular quote in a Sherlock Holmes story, inspired by a royal visit to the Langham Hotel in London that known for its luxurious and intricate design, with its relief ceilings, mosaic floors, and hand-printed wallpaper. Soon Jakarta can offer a similar experience, as last November the Langham Hospitality Group signed an agreement with the Agung Sedayu group to open a Langham hotel in Jakarta. The property will be located in Jakarta’s central business district and will be the first Langham hotel in Southeast Asia and is expected to be completed in 2017. The hotel will have 170 rooms and 30 suites that will feature classic but elegant contemporary interiors reflecting the brand’s heritage as one of the premier grand hotel chains from Europe.

    “We expect this hotel will be positioned at the very top of the hotel market in Jakarta, we are going to have the best location in the new heart of Jakarta and really the finest and most refined hotel that Jakarta has seen, that’s our vision for the project,” says Brett Butcher, 53, chief executive officer of the Langham hospitality group in an exclusive interview in late November (in March this year, Brett retired and was replaced by Robert Warman).

    The company partnered with the Agung Sedayu Group, a property developer established in 1970 by Sugianto Kusuma. The group has built several housing, apartments, and shopping malls in Jakarta such as the Mansion at Kemang and the Sena-yan Residence. The Langham will be located in District 8, one of the latest development projects by Agung Sedayu in Jakarta. “We are proud and delighted to partner with the Langham Hospitality Group to bring the impeccable service standards and unrivaled heritage from Europe’s first grand hotel to our capital,” says Alex Kusuma, chief executive officer of District 8 (and the son of Sugianto).

    The brand is confident that the property will become a new benchmark in Jakarta’s competitive hotel scene. In 1865 Langham opened its first hotel in London and was one of the first grand hotels in Europe. “We have a more charming style of hospitality and are very European in performance,” says Brett. “We will stand out with a different sense of hospitality.” Jakarta will see more premium hotels such as the St. Regis that will open in 2016 and the Fairmont Hotel that is scheduled to be opened the first quarter next year.