Was asked to change my hotel by my corporate travel dept from my usual London business hotel, to the newly opened Corinthia. I questioned the ethics of saving money at the expense of putting profits in Ghadaffi's pocket (google the story), but I played along regardless, to be a good corporate soldier.
The hotel's ownership notwithstanding, its is absolutely superb - and I'm very picky. Public spaces are beautifully and very tastefully designed. The restaurant at breakfast was marvelous- very beautifully designed as well. New hotels usually have staff teething pains- this one does not (or I got lucky). Stayed for 5 nights- flawless service to an almost Asian standard, with employees who understand both graciousness and lexicon of discreet sophiscated service, and the tastes of global travelers.
The rooms were fantastic- excellent craftmenship in the bathrooms, the seamlessness of the hardwood floors meeting the carpets, the design, textures, colors of the room, layout of the closets, sophisticated lighting, flowers, silk wall behind the bed etc. There is even a small table outside the room, in the hall, by the room door where the newspaper is laid each morning (versus hanging from the door in a cheap made-in-China bag). Net net, the best hotel room I've stayed in when it comes to Europe, in some time.
Minor criticisms? Nothing that would constitue anything material. The bed was two twins with a connector to make it a seamless king- not my thing. The phone is too far set back from the bed. The curtain mechanics could have been constructed better. Catering to a global travel set, plug outlets for north american devices would have been helpful. Room was wired with in-wall speakers, but there was no wire to connect an ipod to it (I don't usually carry one with me), BBC 24 instead of BBC world....etc. But these are all very minor.
Not my preferred area of London, though the Embankment Tube station is very close by, which provides access to the West End via the Northern Line. Not easy to get a taxi at certain times. Beautiful period buildings, but too close to London tourist hell (with the consequent cheesy chain restaurants on the Strand etc.).
I would recommend this hotel to anyone, provided the owners can come clean re how the shareholding works, and where the profits go. Other hotels, though, should take note of what taste really constitutes- this hotel is Exhibit A.
- 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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