London's New Hotel Rafayel to Open on Friday
How’s this for perfect timing: while the politicos are busy debating climate change in Copenhagen, London’s new Left Bank is about to show the world that green can be trendy, gorgeous, and pretty effortless too.
Hotel Rafayel on the Left Bank is opening (on schedule! Hurray!) on Friday, and this morning it uploaded some photos to its blog that made us feel pretty excited. The good news is that the bedrooms (and bathrooms) are looking big and flooded with natural light and the views are going to be pretty fabulous.
Room categories are named after rivers (Mississippi and Yangtze rooms, Amazon and Nile suites), rainwater is going to be harvested from the roof, guests will be offered electronic rather than paper newspapers, and there will be a no plastic policy – expect your toiletries in big glass bottles, not nickable miniatures.
Even better, they’re running an opening offer until February (although that’s provisional, according to a charming lady we spoke to on the phone this morning): Mississippi rooms and Amazon suites are half price (from £120 and £230 respectively), while Yangtze rooms are 55 percent off (£165) and Nile suites are reduced by 70 percent, from £900 a night down to £285. Which should make up for not being able to fill our boots with smellies.
We still have a few reservations about the location (as does the Guardian, which has featured the hotel in its architecture section), but then again, they wouldn’t have had anything else to play with on other parts of the river, as the Thames is so built up. And when it looks like this, and has excellent starting rates, there’s no way we’re going to argue.