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Andre Fu Brings His Opus (Suite) To The Berkeley London

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December 26, 2013 at 9:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

When we talked about the new Bamford Haybarn spa at The Berkeley London earlier this fall, the plan was to show you the equally new Andre Fu Opus Suite the hotel introduced soon after. The fact that it took us nearly three months to find a time to see a suite that runs at about £10,000 ($16,000) a night, should, if nothing else, tell you something about the top end of the London hotel market these days.

Luckily, we did make it over to Knightsbridge on the brink of Christmas week to explore the 3,000 square feet of hand-picked furniture, artwork, and custom design by the man we know and love for Hong Kong’s Upper House. His first work in the United Kingdom, the Opus Suite has a vast open plan living room, dining room with full Poggenpohl kitchen, and a master bedroom with study and marble bathroom larger than most London apartments. A second bedroom can be connected, with a third bedroom option being planned.

On the fourth floor of the hotel, the suite overlooks Wilton Place and Hyde Park, which right now includes the bright sparkly lights of Winter Wonderland. Inside, the living room has long, low-slung dual sofas, anchored by a gas fireplace on one end. Floors switch from limestone to bespoke carpets in a light grey pattern, and what you think is wood on the walls is actually bamboo.

The master bedroom is accessed through a private study, which had a beautiful bronze sculpture behind the desk.

Large enough to do cartwheels in, the bedroom itself has a king-size bed, and the iPad on the nightstand controls every single feature of the suite. An extensive walk-in wardrobe behind the bed takes you to the pale marble bathroom. The smoothly polished bath dominates the space, and there were enough Berkeley-embossed crisp white towels for a small army. Toilets (there are multiple) are the insanely expensive Japanese kind.

The dining room seats up to ten, and if you wish either Marcus Wareing or Pierre Koffmann (the two chefs that oversee the restaurants at the hotel) to come and cook something up in the suite’s kitchen, then that is of course possible. The second bedroom connects off of the dining room, placing it at the opposite end of the suite for maximum privacy. Future plans for an additional bedroom will allow you to section off a part of the entire floor.

Regular rooms at The Berkeley start at a Superior Queen, with rates from £300 ($490). A Deluxe King easily takes that over the £500 ($820) mark.

[Photos: JasonD for HotelChatter & The Berkeley]

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