Contributor/ Natalie Still
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If, like me, you enjoy nothing more than lazy afternoons admiring some of London’s most historic architecture then a hotel cocooned within one of the City’s most historic buildings is well worth an expedition. The launch of Corinthia London in 2011 saw it become a dynamic new player in the capital’s five star hotel market. The £150m restoration of uber historic, former government offices on Northumberland Avenue was by no means an easy task. However, those clever bods at Corinthia, a collection of 5 star hotels founded by the Pisani family of Malta, executed the development with abloom.
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As you brush past the hotel’s historic exterior, standing in the footsteps of a wonder of great men and women, you are then transported into a completely different world – one of a new type of 5 star modern luxury. From the breathtaking Lobby Lounge, with its striking Full Moon chandelier created by Parisian designer Chafik Gasmi and produced by French crystal manufacturer Baccarat, through to the lush and spacious check-in, everything about The Corinthia London oozes style and sophistication. A modern take on an old classic, this property holds its own amongst the likes of Claridges and Dorchester in terms of style and service. However, the delicate design and soft tones make this glorious 5 star property completely unstuffy in its approach.
The Corinthia London has also established its name amongst a number of international celebrities – The hotel’s Bassoon Bar, Northhall Restaurant and Massimo Restaurant and Oyster Bar being “the places to drink, eat and be seen” in London currently.
Inside the hotel – 9/10
If you are in need of a spot of R and R, the hotel’s tranquil 3,300m2 spa, ESPA Life, has all you could want and more including private sleep pods, acupuncturists and an indoor pool. You can also enjoy a spot of retail therapy at the hotel’s Harrods concession – the first ever hotel concession by the luxury retailer.
Outside the hotel – 8/10
With its enviable location, based on the doorstep of Embankment, many of the Corinthia’s 294 rooms and luxury suites overlook the River Thames and London Eye. It is also a mere stones throw from Trafalgar Square making it easily accessible for all that grace its doors.
A real gem amongst London’s 5 star hotel set, Corinthia London is seriously world-class in all its offerings. It’s a hotel that, no doubt, will stand the test of time – much like the bricks and mortar upon which it rests its head.
Image courtesy of Corinthia London