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Company Director, Eccleston Square Hotel
Olivia Byrne grew up in Switzerland and was educated at Institut Le Rosey before going on to study at L’Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne. On graduating, she took an active part in the re-construction and refurbishment of what is now London’s Eccleston Square Hotel.
In 2011 Eccleston Square Hotel opened, and Olivia (aged 23) became one of the UK’s youngest ever directors to open and run a London hotel. Since opening, under Olivia’s lead Eccleston Square Hotel has gone on to be recognised as one of the most technologically advanced hotels in the world and has won a huge number of international awards, including Conde Nast Traveler’s No.1 Hotel in London in October 2016.
Eccleston Square Hotel’s modern interiors certainly bely the hotel’s historical Grade-ll listed Georgian Townhouse exterior. All rooms feature handmade electronically adjustable Swedish Hästens massage beds (worth over £12k each) and complementary smart phones with 3G which offer free international and national calls to mobiles and landlines in selected countries. Bathrooms feature SmartGlass technology, Wi-Fi is high speed, and large high-tech 3D TVs come as standard. This once Palatial home of Princess Victoria also features a Media Lounge with a 103” Panasonic 3DHD Cinema Screen and private bar. Guests can also enjoy the exclusive residential garden square which features mature gardens, picnicking space and a tennis court.
At 29 years old, Olivia is regularly invited to share her insights on key issues within the travel and hospitality industry, especially with regards to the use and development of technology in hotels and Olivia actively lobbies governments and industry to regulate the laws of “sharing economy” businesses (i.e. AirBnB) to be at least the equivalent of that enforced on hotels.
Olivia runs Eccleston Square Hotel with her younger brother James, they are both bilingual in French and English and live in London’s SW1.