The Archbishop of Canterbury was one of the honoured guests at the opening of the new Lambeth Palace Five Star Hotel and Casino complex which, as readers will know, was purchased by a leading Hotel and Casino Chain. The new owners have extensively developed the site and it now boasts 500 rooms and suites. The Opening Ceremony was conducted by the Speaker of the House of Lords, Lord Chaseworthy. After he had cut the ribbon and declared the hotel open, the guests which included many members of the House of Lords including several bishops, were treated to a gourmet 7 course lunch served in the new restaurant.
During the toasts to the new Hotel, the Archbishop congratulated the company on the refurbishment of the Palace and drew particular attention to her new flat, which has been built as part of that refurbishment, saying how delighted she was with it and how easy it was to access the Chapel which had been preserved. After the speeches, the Archbishop blessed the hotel with Holy Water. Guests were then invited to try the new casino, swimming pool or just relax in the Champagne Bar.
Guests will be welcomed to the hotel from tomorrow. Rooms are available for booking at the rate of £600 per night or suites at £2,500.