I just completed my second stay at ME London. I am in London every 6 to 8 weeks and I have given up on the Hilton brand in the UK. Seeing ME open opposite the Hilton Waldorf I decided to give it a try and I have been so far very happy with the experience. The rooms are awesome - very well appointed and nicely sized for the London market. It definitely has a Gansevoort or Standard feel. A "sexy" button on the light switch is a nice touch. Expect to pay £300 to £500 a night for a nice room. I was upgraded to a suite this trip which was excellent. French champagne on arrival and really friendly staff is a plus.
Now for the negative. The One Group is operating the STK and rooftop (Radio) bar at ME. STK is good, food menu is almost identical to other restaurants and I have not had an issue getting a reservation. However operating a swank lounge in a hotel is complex and requires some thought. Hotel guests should never be made to feel like they are inferior to the clientele attending the lounge. On several occasions I was asked if I was going to the lounge - said "no" - and was then told I would need to use another elevator. The doormen have not seemed to fully grasp how elevators work and I literally spent minutes each time waiting to get an elevator that would take me to my room. On Monday night it good to such a point of absurdity I totally lost it. Anyway the interference of the rooftop lounge in my accommodation experience has had me rethinking visiting ME again. Other that that I would recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of the action and near the city’s main theatres, exclusive boutiques, fashionable hot spots and trendy night clubs, ME London is one of the leading hotels in the centre of London. It is contemporary and cutting edge in style and located in one of the most important tourist destinations in the world. Designed by the world famous architects Foster + Partners, amongst its fantastic services and facilities, ME London provides 157 exquisitely designed, modern guestrooms including 16 suites, New York restaurant STK London, Radio Rooftop Bar with outdoor terrace and spectacular panoramic views of London (London Eye, Trafalgar Square, Tower Bridge, Covent Garden) and Marconi Lounge, 7 meeting rooms measuring 500 m2 with capacity for up to 300 people and a separate reception area; a modern, fully equipped gym, open 24 hours a day and complimentary high speed WiFi. ... more less
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