This New Hotel Used To Be Oscar Wilde’s Pied-à-Terre

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Belmond Codagan Hotel plays a significant role in the LGBTQ community.

This might ring a bell for folks who have read the poem, The Arrest of Oscar Wilde at the Cadogan Hotel.

Four years and $48 million on renovation work, Oscar Wilde’s former London pied-a-terre  will reopen in December. Belmond Codagan Hotel plays a significant role in Wilde’s life because after losing a libel case again the Marquess of Queensberry, the writer was arrested at the hotel in 1895. The case was over Wilde’s homosexuality which in England, was considered a crime. Hence the poem.

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Famous for his words in The Importance of Being Ernest, Wilde once wrote, “One should always have something sensational to read in the train.” He might love the idea that the Codagan has become an iconic and luxurious retreat for travelers, in addition to being a relevance in the LGBTQ community.

Like most renovated hotels, the new Codagan encompasses the mixture of the old and the new. It has preserved several original elements from the 1800s’ hotel, including: stained glass windows, fireplaces, and wood panelings. The new hotel welcomes guests with 57 rooms and cozy dining options, including a British Bar.

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