Accor has named the new managing director who will run its Raffles London at The OWO hotel, set to open next year.
Philippe Leboeuf takes on the role this July, as the hotel starts to ramp up its positioning in the capital.
Raffles Hotels & Resorts is working on the impressive project with the Hinduja Group, with plans for an 125-key hotel and 85 branded residences within the former Grade II listed Old War Office building on Whitehall.
Most recently, Leboeuf was regional vice president of operations for Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and general manager of Mandarin Oriental Paris, with 30 years’ luxury hotel experience.
Leboeuf will be returning to a London role, as prior to joining Mandarin Oriental, he was general manager of Claridge’s for three years.
Tipped by the brand as “one of the hospitality industry’s most significant global openings in 2022”, the building has been being converted for the last five years, and will also include nine restaurants and bars and a spa.
“On behalf of the Raffles brand, I am delighted to welcome Philippe to our flagship location in London,” said Stephen Alden, chief executive of Raffles and Orient Express. “He is a true professional, well-known and highly respected throughout our industry, bringing a luxury pedigree and dedication to service excellence that our loyal guests, discerning travellers and local clientele will respect and admire.”
Leboeuf said the role was a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity”. “I look forward to making the vision a reality for this new unique destination,” he added.
The Old War Office was built in 1906 and is formerly the site of the original Palace of Whitehall, and even inspired Ian Fleming to write the James Bond series after working for Britain’s Naval Intelligence Service there.