What we saw inside the London Edition was, as much as we hate a hotel delay, worth the wait. Soaring ceilings with extravagant detail dominate the ground floor public spaces, with various seating areas, workstations, and even a pool table to accompany the drinks from the lobby bar Ė and letís not forget, free WiFi. Berners Tavern, the hotelís restaurant, has taken the local market by storm, notching up rave reviews and consequently, increasingly difficult to get a table at last minute. With artwork covering every inch of the walls, itís a rather unique space, even if the drinks cabinet and its amber lighting gives us a whiff of Public. Then there is still the reservation-only Punch Room, and of course Basement nightclub.
Upstairs, the 173 comparatively subdued bedrooms are clad in walnut, with stylish bathrooms and custom le Labo amenities. Some have terraces, and for those in need of extra room, there is always the Penthouse.
The combination of Schragerís whimsy and Marriottís sheer power looks to bring us Ė at least Ė the following over the next few years: Miami Beach (2014), New York (twice?), Abu Dhabi, Gurgaon (India), and Sanya (China) all in 2015, Shanghai (2016), Wuhan (China) and West Hollywood, as well as Paris, in 2017. We also heard straight from the horseís mouth destinations like Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Beijing. If the London Edition is a sign of what's to come, we canít wait.
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