The RCH Story

The Heart Of Red Carnation - Our History

The Red Carnation Hotels (RCH) story is a love story which started over fifty years ago.

At the heart of this love story is our Founder and President, Bea Tollman - a woman and leader greatly respected and much adored by all those who have the pleasure of knowing her as a guest, as a colleague, as part of the RCH family.

It all began, back in the 1950s, when a beautiful young South African woman named Bea caught the eye of a distinguished hotelier named Stanley, who was known for wearing a small red carnation in his lapel. In 1954, as newly-weds of modest beginnings, their shared love for, and innate understanding of world class hospitality, exquisite style, fine cuisine, grand architecture and inspiring travel, set the foundations for the establishment of leading hotels in South Africa. Ground-breaking for the time, each hotel was hailed as the height of taste and excellence in dining, accommodation and service, while staying true to the promise of value. In 1975, their journey took them, and their four young children, to Great Britain. It is there that the next chapter of their story unfolded. In 1984, starting with purchase of London-based "The Chesterfield Hotel", Bea Tollman, decided to create RCH, where her lifelong love for the hotel business, and her husband’s signature flower, first came to life.

RCH has evolved since into what is now an award winning, family owned and run collection of seventeen five and four star boutique luxury hotels, along with a gastro-pub and a South African inspired London restaurant. From Africa and the USA to Europe, RCH has established a reputation for timeless décor, exceptional locations, highly personal and genuine guest care, and celebrated cuisine. RCH has become a ‘home away from home’ for the business and holiday travellers who know, feel and appreciate the RCH difference.

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