glh Hotels appoints Oliver Kahf as General Manager of Hard Rock Hotel London

26 October 2017

glh Hotels today announces the appointment of Oliver Kahf as general manager of the new Hard Rock Hotel London, as the iconic brand prepares to open its doors in the capital in early 2019.

Kahf will bring considerable international operations expertise to the Hard Rock Hotel London, having lived and worked in 14 countries on four continents throughout his 33 years in hospitality. He began as a management trainee and spent his early career in food & beverage, before switching to sales & marketing, and took up his first general manager appointment in Hua Hin, Thailand, in 1994. Over the last two decades Kahf’s extensive experience has seen him expertly manage a diverse range of brands and resorts across the Starwood Hotels, Marriott International and Kempinski portfolios.

Commenting on his appointment, Oliver Kahf said: “I am very proud to take up the role as general manager of the Hard Rock Hotel London, which we aim to make one of London’s most exciting hotels. The new hotel will benefit from an amazing location right in the heart of one of the greatest cities on the planet. London is always at the centre of world culture, and the timing for a great brand like Hard Rock Hotels could not be better. Bringing together the iconic Hard Rock name with a prestigious hotel site that has played host to legends including Jimi Hendrix and Martha Reeves is a phenomenal opportunity and I am truly looking forward to it.

Neil Gallagher, CEO of glh Hotels, said: “Oliver brings with him an exceptional skill-set and a wealth of international experience in hotel management, conversions and hotel openings. I am thrilled to welcome him to the team of general managers at our properties, representing Great London Hospitality at its best. Hard Rock Hotel London, the capital’s first true destination hotel, will deliver unforgettable guest experiences, because in reality, everyone wants to be treated like a rock star.”

Occupying one of London’s prime locations, at the corner of Oxford Street, opposite the world-famous Marble Arch monument and Hyde Park Corner, the Hard Rock Hotel London is set to open in early 2019.

Internationally recognised as a world-class entertainment and lifestyle brand, Hard Rock Hotels offer stylish and contemporary design, unparalleled service and the thread that unites them all – music. Hard Rock Hotels’ current portfolio is located in the world’s most enviable resort destinations, as well as urban gateway cities. Hard Rock Hotels cater to the evolving and distinctive needs of today’s cosmopolitan, modern travellers, who seek a reprieve from traditional, predictable experiences, whether for business or leisure travel.

Through music appreciation and an imaginative environment, Hard Rock Hotels deliver products for the varied aspects of life – work, play and personal sanctuary.

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About Hard Rock International

With venues in 73 countries, including 178 cafes, 24 hotels and 11 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world's greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, Fl., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Chicago, Cancun, Ibiza, Las Vegas, and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include Phnom Penh, Cairo, Wroclaw and Chengdu. New Hard Rock hotel, casino or hotel-casino projects include Atlanta, Atlantic City, Berlin, Budapest, London, Los Cabos, Maldives, New York City, Davos, Ottawa, Dalian and Haikou in China. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit

About glh Hotels

glh stands for Great London Hospitality and is London's largest hotel owner-operator, creating memorable moments for guests whilst delivering unforgettable hospitality.

With over 5,000 rooms and 130 meeting and event spaces across 17 outstanding locations, glh is at the heart of London hospitality.

Including Amba, every, Guoman, Thistle and the newly launched Thistle Express, glh’s portfolio of hotel brands provides guests with the perfect slice of local city life, whatever their purpose of their stay.

The Cumberland Hotel became the very first Hard Rock Hotel London on 30th April 2019. Please visit Ok