Our in-house hotel expert, Yasmin Fahr, shares her bi-monthly picks for newsworthy hotels to keep on your radar.
This week, read about last-minute Easter weekend options for London, from the recently re-opened, design-focused Bloomsbury Hotel to a classic English stay at the Rosewood London.
The Bloomsbury For the interior design and cocktail lover
After re-opening in February of 2018, the newly refurbished boutique hotel maintains the charm of its historic origins with its updated decor. Originally designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1928, the hotel was a former hangout for writers like Virginia Woolf (many of the drinks at the Club Bar are named after this famous group). The hotel partnered with Martin Brudnizki Design Studio to carefully restore the property in line with the architect’s original intentions, yet also add a splash of glamour. Case in point, the Coral Room, decorated with five Murano chandeliers created specifically for the space, is named after the glossy finish on the original panelled walls. The living room, also a new addition to the hotel, is decorated in a light green and pink color palette with plush seating and a fireplace, making this feel more like home than a hotel.
The Rosewood London For classic luxury connoisseurs
If you want to feel like British royalty for the weekend, then this is the place to treat yourself. Housed in an Edwardian mansion with a stunning marble staircase, the rooms are decorated in a conservative yet updated decor style with crisp white Italian linens, striped carpeting and ash gray tufted headboards for a clean, contemporary look. Marble bathrooms are stocked with amenities from the English brand Czech & Speake—you’ll want to luxuriate in the deep soaking tubs after spotting these bath products. Or, spend an afternoon at the spa, which is decorated with bamboo-lined walls and wooden walkways over bubbling water for a truly relaxing experience. Pre- or post-treatment, sweat out toxins in the amethyst crystal steam rooms or dry heat saunas before you head to the Holborn Dining Room to sample one of the over 500 gins and 27 tonics they offer, for a truly English experience. A contemporary take on traditional English tea is also available in the afternoons.
Ham Yard For fitness and design lovers
Part of the Firmdale Collection designed by Kit Kemp, her signature modern British style sets these cozy boutique hotels apart from others in the same category. While always a popular place to get a drink or bite to eat, the property recently launched new wellness and exercise offerings through their Soholistic Spa (we suggest having a treatment done in your room). Yoga classes are offered every Wednesday starting April 11th as well as a hypoxic studio, which involves mimicking high altitude training for guests looking to maximize their performance—guests can book a complimentary 30-minute session with advanced notice. If exercising is not your thing, then head to the rooftop terrace for a drink and views of the London skyline. Keep an eye out for the hotel’s bee hives, which are also on the fourth floor terrace.
Shangri-La at the Shard For contemporary, modern design aficionados
The views from the rooms and bar at Shangri-La at the Shard are unrivalled by any other London hotel. Because of the design of the Shard, floor-to-ceiling glass windows are found throughout the rooms and bathrooms to offer sweeping views of The Thames and other iconic London landmarks. Rooms are stocked with luxury amenities such as Frette sheets, Nespresso machines, walk-in showers, Japanese-style toilets and soaking tubs set by the windows. Gong, located on the 52nd floor, is an always popular spot with locals as well as guests, which makes it convenient that residents get priority seating. Go for a pre-dinner cocktail or late-night tipple. Click for offer here
The Corinthia London For Spa-enthusiasts
Situated near the Embankment, The Corinthia offers modern luxury in a bright, flower-filled space. The minute you walk through the glass doors, your eyes will be captivated by the striking magenta flowers filling the lobby lounge, courtesy of their in-house florist, which feels flooded with light on even the grayest London days. The rooms are decorated in a contemporary design style with neutral cream colors offset by splashes of magenta and hunter green in the form of pillows. While they are luxurious and worth staying at the hotel for alone, it’s really the spa that steals the show. With both co-ed and gendered relaxation areas, you can tuck yourself away in a private sleep pod with healthy snacks and tea or luxuriate in the wet areas either taking a swim in the glittering pool or lounging on the heated marble beds. The fitness center, located within the spa, is available to guests 24/7 and offers a variety of healthy snacks and coconut water. Click for offer here
The Hari Hotel If you’re seeking sleek decor and some peace and quiet
Tucked away on a sleepy corner in Belgravia, The Hari Hotel (formerly The Belgraves) offers a residential feeling but in the form of a contemporary and lively hotel. Within a few minutes, you can walk to the centre of this high-end neighbourhood, sampling sweet treats from Ottolenghi or perusing the boutiques on Motcomb street. The 85 rooms and suites are decorated in a sleek, contemporary style with a bold blue and purple colour scheme. The cozy, cushioned window nooks are ideal for indulging in room service after a night out. The upstairs lounge offers comfortable couches and private areas for meetings or a cocktail. Click for offer here
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