Developing hotels is Robert De Niro's second act

(Wellington Hotel)

An upcoming London hotel will have some megawatt Hollywood power behind it: Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro is reportedly involved in a project to open a new luxury hotel in the tony Covent Garden neighborhood. De Niro, working with Capital & Counties Properties (otherwise known as Capco) and BD Hotels, has submitted a planning application for the proposed 83-room Wellington Hotel.

De Niro, Ira Drukier and Richard Born, who opened The Greenwich Hotel in New York’s Tribeca district eight years ago, are looking to open their first hotel outside of the US.

Upon plan approval by Westminster City Council, construction could begin as early as next year and the hotel could be ready to open in 2019.

Capco has owned Covent Garden for 10 years, and has brought a number of new leisure retailers to the area in recent years, including up-market restaurant Sushisamba, which is due to open later this year. Sarah-Jane Curtis, director of Capco’s Covent Garden holdings, said the hotel would be the first landmark hotel for the estate.

BD Hotels is behind several top New York City properties, including the Greenwich and The Mercer. 

Sources: Economic Times, The Telegraph