Glitzy, Glamourous & Absolutely Fabulous…
When it opened in Whitehall near Charing Cross station as the Metropole in 1885 this belle époque building was one of London’s original grand hotels. Then it was requisitioned by theMinistry of Defence for most of the 20th Century, until it was purchased and transformed into the Corinthia, opening last year as one of London’s newest and most glamourous hotels. The style is a modern version of Victorian grandeur and it’s totally over the top.
After you’ve been welcomed by the 1,001 Baccarat crystal chandelier in the pillared lobby, you’ll be lost in a sea of marble, parquet floors and splashes of lime green among a color scheme of various tones of beige, more beige and charcoal. It all works, and this is truly one of those magnificent makeovers that was completed with no thought of cost, and every thought of making sure that everyone went wow when they walk in the front door. Upstairs there are 294 large rooms and suites, again decorated in olive and beige tones. The beds are by Hypnos, who just happen to supply the Royal Family, and are some of the best we have ever slept on, and the room amenities by ESPA are just a taste of what is waiting for you in the Life Spa. Favorite rooms are the Executive, and any of the seven stunning Penthouse Suites, all of which have fireplaces and private terraces.
Downstairs you will find British artists and designers featured everywhere, and quite rightly so. With metalwork by Based Upon, prints by Marcus James, and David Collins brought in to design Massimo Restaurant and Bassoon Bar the whole place is alive with color, lights and a style that even Queen Victoria would have approved of..! The ESPA Life Spa is a destination all by itself and well worth visiting, even just to see it. This is without doubt the best spa in London right now, and because of that everyone comes here, so make your appointments before you arrive to ensure the treatments and therapists you want are all available.
We weren’t sure if we were going to like it before we arrived, but we enjoyed every minute of it. The building and makeover is stunning, but it’s the staff and overall experience that place the Corinthia among London’s top hotels. We look forward to returning again soon.
Global Black Book Says: As a first time visitor to London, the Corinthia is perfectly located close to everywhere you want to be, including Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace and the Thames. If you’re a regular in London, why not try something new..? You might just like it..!
Barry’s Bootcamp Says: This stunning hotel is only a 10 minute cab ride from the new London Barry’s Bootcamp, set to open in January 2013. Or walk (about 40 minutes) through bustling Covent Garden for a brisk pre-workout workout.
Corinthia Hotel London, England UK
Gordon MacGeachy has been getting his ass kicked at Barry’s Bootcamp for 10 years. When he’s not there, he travels the world, lives life at its best and is co-founder of Global Black Book, the trusted source for some highly opinionated luxury travel and lifestyle intelligence. Gordon and his team of well traveled, exceptionally fit, and very “easy on the eyes” Travel Concierge, know where you should stay, how to get you there in style, who you need to know once you arrive, and most importantly, how to take care of all the details, so you don’t have to. Where are you going next..?