I stayed for a few nights after the New Year, and enjoyed the stay, with a few points. The arrival experience is not ideal - I guess through no fault of the hotel, there is nowhere for a taxi to stop conveniently, and no doorman to welcome you and point you in the right direction. When travelling with 4 large suitcases this is slightly awkward, although as suitcases these days have wheels (much to every Concierge and Porter's ire, no doubt) it was not a major obstacle. Entering the lobby bar of the hotel is visually stunning, although I knew it would be before I even arrived, by the loud Lounge musak being played through outside speakers. No doubt it was some Buddha Bar style compilation, but it set the tone.
Having asked the barman how to get to Reception (in the lift, up to the first floor) we reached the Reception, which is a unique and quite bizarre design. The inside of the lobby is an enormous pyramid, reaching up the height of the building (8 floors or so) lined with some sort of marble. There is a central display piece, a small bar top for arrival drinks, the Reception desk and a curvy sofa. While visually stunning, it was also visually numbing, and I can't imagine working there, being devoid of windows, people, or anything really to cast your eyes on. It was literally like being inside a large, shiny pyramid. There is a light show in the afternoon when images are projected onto the pyramid walls, which would quite possibly cause flashbacks for anyone from the Flower Power generation!
As mentioned by others - the corridors are dark, the music follows you everywhere (although they do seem to change the mood and tempo depending on the time of day?) and there is a melon smell pumped throughout, or smells like there is. The rooms were fantastic though - dual rainforest shower-heads, twin sinks and good toiletries. I was perhaps mistaken when I saw they charged for the disposable slippers if you wanted to take them with you? If they charge, does this mean they are re-used from guest to guest? If so, my apologies to the next guest that gets mine - I just can't seem to fix this darn Athletes Foot infection, and the Verucas are a pain, but Boots should sell you a cream that will help. The TV system worked well, and had good speakers above the bed, but the IPTV was slightly buggy, and there was some jitter in the display from time to time.
Breakfast is served in the Italian restaurant of the hotel, and was very good. Service was efficient and friendly, and there is a type of hot buffet that is nicely served for you, which no doubt maintains the quality of the buffet better than letting the hungry hoards descend on it themselves. Overall the hotel stay was very good - it's a cool hotel, in a good location for many things in Central London, and I personally liked the area, as it was walking distance from everything I needed. Apparently there is a bar upstairs, but I was put off by the imposed exclusivity of the place. It's a bar. On a hotel roof. With a view. Get over yourselves please - other than that, a recommended hotel.
- 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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