Surprise news from the South Bund: The Waterhouse Hotel
is closing abruptly. This is the last month they are taking guests, the hotel staff told me this afternoon when I called. They have been instructed to stop taking bookings for the hotel already. Even more abruptly, Oxalis
, the restaurant that re-launched less than a year ago, will close for good after a final service on Saturday, January 5. Update
: The hotel PR manager now says the restaurant is being indefinitely "renovated", that "Chef Jonas... will be taking holidays", and that the hotel will undergo an "overall renovation" and then "transform to a new image." It will still be called The Waterhouse after the renovations. Uh.... right. Take that for what it's worth.