My wife and I had the privilege of spending a night at the Corinthia earlier in December. It was officially for a birthday, but we had an evening function in London over the same time, which made the stay convenient.
We arrived very early in the day, as we had pre-organised spa treatments. From the time you enter the hotel, you feel totally welcome. Every staff member, it seems, simply has the mandate to make guests feel happy and welcome. Of course, the fact that the decorations in the lobby take one's breath away also helps.
If you stay at this hotel, do not make the mistake of missing the spa. It's voted the best in Europe, and it's easy to see why when you step into the calm, tranquil surroundings. We arrived about 90 minutes early to enjoy the amenities, and we were extremely grateful we did. The spa (even without treatment) is a real delight. I had probably the best massage I've ever had. I felt transported. Well worth it. Food options at the spa are healthy and complement the lovely surroundings.
Pre-dinner cocktails in the bar are a must. Sadly, we never enjoyed an evening meal at the hotel, but we did avail ourselves of coffee in the lounge around midnight upon our return. Once again - everyone is particularly willing to help.
Breakfast in the morning is an opulent affair.
The rooms themselves are sublime. Nespresso machines, magnificent Loewe TV's, the marble baths, and a bed that transports are just some of the highlights.
I would make only two suggestions to the management. Firstly, we ordered cappucinos in the lounge on the day of our checkout. I thought that a nearby Starbucks would provide me with substantially better coffee - the foam was non-existent and it tasted like it had been made by a machine, without a barista. Secondly, we found that our room was not equipped with champagne glasses which would have been ideal as we wanted to have a little in-room year-end celebration.
This is not a cheap hotel, by any stretch. But the surrounding, the area, the service, and the opulence are unmatched. Treat yourself - you'll be talking about the experience long after you've paid off your credit card.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 294 exceptionally designed and spacious bedrooms and suites, among the largest in London, offering outstanding views of the River Thames, London Eye and Trafalgar Square. A specialty seafood restaurant, a modern British restaurant, a destination bar and a world class Spa, ESPA Life at Corinthia. Corinthia Hotel London will offer guests a lavish retreat in timeless beauty in a historic yet vibrant location. ... more less
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