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London’s latest luxury hotel: the Corinthia Hotel London

London’s newest 5-star luxury hotel, Corinthia Hotel London has announced that it is now taking reservations from the public. The first guests will be part of history-in-the-making as this 21st Century grand hotel opens its doors in April 2011. The property is ideally located in the heart of London on Whitehall Place, at the apex of arts, culture, business and politics. The hotel is the result of a meticulous reconstruction of what was originally an imposing Victorian-era Grand Hotel. Now reborn to a new standard of craftsmanship and service, Corinthia London features 294 intricately designed guest accommodations, including 43 luxurious suites. Opulently sized rooms and suites include the 470 sq m Royal Suite, the largest in London, combining grandeur and innovation with residential comforts. There are seven signature suites, sumptuously appointed over two storeys, served by their own internal lifts, and located inside historic turrets featuring terraces with views across some of London’s most iconic landmarks. Each signature suite is inspired by a great figure in British history including a musician, inventor and writer. The hotel will also be a world-class dining and leisure destination for Londoners, as well as visitors. A beautifully refurbished grand ballroom takes centre stage and includes restored Victorian features. The hotel’s main restaurant, The Northall, celebrates the best of British artisanal produce. The menu offers the highest quality of raw, seasonal and sustainable ingredients from local sources and an organic focused wine list. The Northall’s beautiful interiors and flexible menus provide for every dining occasion, including the great British tradition of High Tea, perfect for early evening pre-theatre dining. In addition, the hotel features two striking venues conceived by world-renowned interior design practice David Collins Studio. The musically inspired destination bar, Bassoon, will serve both molecular cocktails and colonial inspired drinks from its boutique spirits library. Massimo Restaurant and Oyster Bar, headed by Italian chef patron Massimo Riccioli, offers an exciting menu specialising in fish with a strong focus on daily catches and the highest quality ingredients. The award-winning international spa company ESPA will raise the bar on spa excellence with its new flagship ESPA Life at Corinthia. This pioneering, next-generation spa is spread over 3300 sq m on four floors and will offer never-before-seen, fully integrative lifestyle solutions and luxury spa treatments. Legendary colourist and hairdresser Daniel Galvin OBE will open a second London salon within the hotel. In a unique twist, a private room in the salon will offer a library of over 25,000 films for VIP clients from the performing arts and film industry to use as a reference for their own hairstyles, colour and make-up. Other firsts for the hotel include a Harrods-inspired luxury lifestyle concept store in the main lobby.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. Looks pretty spectacular and a great location. The only Corinthia Hotel i have stayed in was in Tripoli and it was pretty amazing i think it is definitely the best hotel in tripoli and compared very well with some of the other ones available particularly as i had been staying in some very dodgy hotel which was in the middle of rebuilding around you – the Corinthia was a haven in comparison. great restaurants as well but still couldn’t get a drink in there non alcolholic beer was your limit.

  2. Never stayed in a Corinthia Hotel but would love to visit this Hotel in the future. Looks spectacular. Can I have access to the Private Room in the Salon please?

  3. Thanks for the heads up on that one, Irene. Non alcohol beer. Yuk! It’s an abomination!

    You seem to get around quite a bit. Have you done much travelling in the Middle East?

  4. Iv done my fair share of travelling in the middle east my best friend has lived out in dubai on and off for the last 20 odd years so i have had the chance to see the dramatic changes there from a desert landscape to the high rise modern city that it has become. if you still look hard you can see some of the old dubai but you really need to look. how about you Kay you have done loads of travelling particularly in the far east have you spent much time in the middle east?

    ps the non alcoholic beer was not good

  5. Hi Irene

    Yeah, I have a bit of experience of the ME. I lived in Iraq for a couple of years and travelled quite a bit in Jordan while I was there.

    As for the Far East, these days I can usually be found lugging cameras and heavy bags around Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia etc. I’m off to Cambodia next month. I’ve not been to Vietnam for about 15 years so that needs to go on the agenda for a trip sometime.

  6. kay you do get about! i have done a bit in the far east most recently japan, korea & taiwan. Haven’t done vietnam or cambodia yet although am planning a trip to vietnam this year which i can’t wait for, am planning to do a bit of cycling there. any top tips of places to visit?

    Cambodia sounds fab where do you go when you are there?

  7. Irene, I’ve not been to Japan, Korea, or Taiwan yet. Perhaps I should go!

    Cambodia is very nice. It’s a bit like how Thailand used to be a few decades ago. There’s not such a great infrastructure for tourists. But the residual French influence does mean that there are enough good restaurants to be found.

    The main reason I’m going back is for another photo expedition to Angkor Wat. The photos I took on my earlier trips aren’t high resolution enough so they’re no good for selling. This next time, I’ll be armed with tripod, various lenses, and will be a bit more professional about it. On the previous trips I was just a tourist.

  8. Definitely Kay Japan is one of my favourite places to visit from the buzz of tokyo to the tradition of kyoto, there are so many things to do and see and the food is fabulous. i was also really impressed with taiwan and the next time will definitely stay longer. I would love to explore south korea a bit more and i never made it to seoul so that is on my ever increasing wish list.

  9. Whitehall Place is a smashing location for a hotel. You’re within walking distance of pretty much everything you’ll need in London.

  10. Hi Kay,
    I do tend to take loads of photos but haven’t done any blogs about my trips although it is maybe something i might do in the future. i love travelling both for business and pleasure and have so many places yet to visit. are you a professional photograher?

  11. Hi Irene

    I did at one time, many years ago, earn my living as a photographer. These days it’s more of another string to my bow. Mostly now I’m a writer who can take photos. :-)

  12. Imagine staying in a room with a grand piano in it! Always wish I could justify a night in a nice London hotel but when it’s so close to home just not going to happen is it?!

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