Had the great good fortune to stay at the Corinthia for two nights last week and wow! This brings a whole new level to the London hotel scene. Stayed in an executive room which was enormous and incredibly well appointed with details and modcons. Everything about the hotel is done well. It is indeed, a large hotel with an equally large and magnificent lobby where, I confess, lI got lost on more than one occasion while trying to find the correct elevator bank for my room.
My room - 217 - had a little foyer/dressing area and separate bedroom. Impressive size and attention to detail. Open closet, light comes on. Close closet, light goes off. Little things like that. Bathroom was pretty phenomenal, too. Great big bathtub and even bigger shower. Even a TV sunk into the wall so one can watch while one bathes. Everything thought through.
Ate in both restaurants and food so so so good. And the restaurants are so heavenly beautiful, all working off a similar thematic as the amazing Baccarat chandelier in the lobby - and great big glass orb hanging in the Italian restaurant. Had a proper English Sunday Lunch with roast beef and yorkshire pudding that was the best meal of the entire trip. Great fun bar, as well, with a bar that is not only designed to look like a piano, but it plays, too! Too good! And great cocktails - just a great place to hang out after dinner.
The Corinthia's location is pretty fabulous, as well. There is so much to do around the area - Trafalgar Square is a 5-min walk, as is the London Eye.
If you are looking for event space, Corinthia has some stunning ballrooms along with small dining and private areas that will spoil anyone. The business center and extremely efficient floor of small conference rooms makes for a really nice meeting and/or conference experience. And the penthouses!!! All with lofts and private terraces. We saw the music-themed penthouse with its beautiful fireplace, grand piano and cool record player (records!) and didn't want to leave.
I never got the opportunity to use the spa, but I had a quick tour and it is truly astonishingly well done and beautiful. It is worth spending a day, minimum. The pool is pretty impressive. The gym is huge and has all the newest equipment.
It is easy to see why there is such a buzz about the Corinthia. It is really pretty spectacular.
- 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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