We're intrigued by the heated cigar terrace and "one of the largest collections of cigars sold on a stick-by-stick basis" at the Cigar Lounge. If you like your cigar with a drink, there will be a specialist Whiskey and Cognac wall, in addition to wines, spirits, and cocktails in the Crystal Bar. For a bit of mood music, the Jazz room will host "both established and up-and-coming acts".
Retiring for the night you will be able to do on one of six floors, with the top floor housing the aforementioned largest suite in London. Consisting of four bedrooms, boardroom facilities, and a private lift, the suite will feature not one, but two private humidors with a dedicated selection for cigar enthusiasts.
Having never touched so much as a cigarette ourselves, this wouldn't perhaps be a major selling point for us, but we can imagine there are plenty of potential hotel guests out there that are tired of all the non-smoking, hypo-allergenic rooms these days, banishing them to less-than-sophisticated sidewalks in most cases.
We do like the artist impression of the main hallway, which seems to cut right through the building from the main entrance, with its wide colonnades and interesting light fixtures. Images of the rooms also look to be sufficiently luxe, but we'll have to wait for actual pictures and / or seeing it with our own eyes to get to a more informed opinion there.
Who will win the battle in the new small luxury suite hotel game in London: The Wellesley or The Mercer? Time will tell!
[Images: The Wellesley]