In August we had three lovely nights at the Corinthia Hotel in Whitehall Place, London. One of London's best kept secrets, many people don't seem to know about it. The hotel, fully renovated just a few years ago sits in a building dating back to 1885 and the Empire days of Queen Victoria. White Stucco fronted and very imposing, just minutes from Trafalgar Square and the River Thames, it offers a state of the art spa, three restaurants, and four bars. This is my third stay in the hotel and I really love it.
It is classically contemporary, a timeless and extremely elegant design. Marble floors and columns, silver and gold gilted ceilings, extravagant crystal chandeliers, and lavishly adorned with luxurious furnishings and fabrics. All the times I have stayed here, there has been someone famous, the last time I was here, Rhianna and Denzel Washington were staying too. This time someone not so famous, the lady that narrates for the US television show 'Desperate Housewives'.
In the lobby they serve afternoon tea, I had it last time I visited and it was a very elegant and refined affair. This time we actually did not eat at the hotel, except for room service, as we had restaurant bookings elsewhere, but I have eaten at some of the hotel restaurants, and they were very sophisticated, and beautifully decorated.
There is a courtyard atrium in the middle of the building which they have made full use of with open fires and deep cushioned teak sofas and chairs. It was a lovely to spot to have a drink, and is where we meet some of our London friends. Most of them did not know about the hotels existence, and they were really impressed.
The Northall bar is very glitzy. The hotel has an art deco feel going on everywhere. They also serve breakfast in here. Last time I stayed we ate at The Northall restaurant. It was British cuisine, simple and elegant food, and absolutely stunning in terms of decor. Double height ceilings, curved walls, tan leather chairs, silk curtains, and muted tones.
The other restaurant, Massimo, I have yet to try. We did sample the Basoon bar though. There was a three piece jazz band playing, and had a real jazz den feel with very low lighting, and dark leather seating. It was a really nice bar. I highly recommend the Corinthia hotel, it is in my opinion one of the best hotels in London at the moment. Third visit and I still left feeling impressed, glamorous, and wowed! I will definitely be staying again on my next visit to London.
We stayed in a deluxe junior suite and it was beautiful. Silk wallpapers and throws, ultra comfy beds, 3 TVs. The spa is amazing, definitely one of the best in London. On my visit last year they had the fires lit in the spa even though it was summer, however, this time they were never lit. I really missed that aspect, it gave the whole spa experience a drama and surrealism. I'm not sure why they aren't lighting them anymore.
This review is taken from my blog theexpatwife.com. Please visit to see more photos of the hotel, spa, and room.
- 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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