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Turn It Up: Radio Rooftop Preview At ME London

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November 7, 2012 at 9:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s World Travel Market in London this week, and the soon to open ME by Mélia London used the occasion to host a preview of its Radio rooftop bar and terrace. We jumped at the chance to attend, having been tempted by ME with an experience that would “connect with each guest’s aura”.

Located on the corner of Aldwych and Strand, Radio certainly delivers when it comes to views: you get the full panorama over Somerset House (lit up in red above, with the skating rink being prepared for the winter) of the river Thames, down east to The Shard, Tower Bridge, St. Paul’s, and the City, with the London Eye and Big Ben to the west. On the other side Covent Garden and the West End stretch out in front of you.

The triangular space has floor to ceiling windows, and come spring / summer we’d expect the various outdoor seating areas to be in high demand. There are a few cabanas, two sections with tables and chairs, lounge sofas, and a corner with loveseats / daybeds. The last Thursday of each month, Radio will have “Frequency” with a live DJ.

Directly connected to the roof terrace is the glass cupola that crowns top-of-the-line suite ME. Inside is the suite’s living room with head-on views of the Strand and the river, connected internally through a staircase to the rest of the suite. Need a little more privacy? Curtains are available to create your own little cocoon.

We also had a brief tour of the rest of the hotel, including ground-floor steakhouse STK. The guest lobby, one floor up from the street, is particularly striking: a giant marble pyramid that virtually bisects the hotel with galaxy-like video projections on the walls. The elevator vestibule is all black, giving you the sense that you float out into space as you walk over to reception and the ceiling gives way all the way up through to the top floor.

Hallways on guest floors are all black as well, which gives the contrast with mostly white bedrooms. We saw an Energy River Terrace room, which had mood lighting to complement the white leather walls, creating the purple haze you see in the picture. The bed took center stage, facing a black gloss wall holding the flat screen TV, with the bathroom behind two sliding doors.

ME London will open December 1. An entry-level Aura room is available the first weekend of December at £441 ($710). An Energy River Terrace room breaks through the $1000-a-night barrier at £656 ($1050).

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