Once the hotel opens, there will be 144 rooms, including 30 with a balcony. The latter are located on floors 8 and 9, "The Level", which seems to take a slightly different approach than the usual concierge / executive floor with dedicated lounge. We're particularly intrigued by the "Aura Experience Manager" for personalized pre and post (we assume -stay) contact. In addition to a number of room categories there are 16 suites, including one duplex ME Suite.
Location-wise, you couldn't be more central at the corner of Strand and Aldwych. Rooms on higher floors will have views of the Thames or Covent Garden, and neighboring hotels include One Aldwych, the Waldorf Hilton,
Swissotel The Howard, and of course, Savoy.
Should summer ever arrive in the UK, we'd be mostly looking forward to trying out Radio rooftop (a nod to the former BBC headquarters next door). From what we can tell on the website, the rooftop - presumably with inside seating as well - is also the location for breakfast, and then goes straight on until 3am for drinks. The lobby bar will even be open for service 24 hours a day.
Despite a post-Olympics opening, rates are pretty steep: a weekend late September in an entry-level Deluxe room costs £360 ($563) a night, with a room on "The Level" close to an additional £200 ($313) more.
As always, we'll have more for you once we've seen ME by Meliá London with our own eyes.
[Photos: ME by Melia Hotels]