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Thinking that one Penthouse wouldn’t quite do, Corinthia Hotel London went ahead and filled the top floors of its 1885 Victorian building on Embankment with seven of them, each with its own theme and design: from The Actor’s Penthouse, the smallest at 1075 sq ft, to the far bigger Royal Penthouse, weighing in at 5000 sq ft.
We had a chance to peek inside two of them: The Writer’s Penthouse and The Musician’s Penthouse, sat side by side on the hotel’s seventh floor. Each spreads over two floors, with a more than double-height living room, an internal balcony, and outdoor terrace, so you won’t hurt for space either way.
The Musician’s living room (above) adds a grand piano, complete with two bar stools for an impromptu concert, and various instruments spread around the Penthouse for when virtuoso strikes. We liked the little reading nooks in front of the windows in both suites.
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It's the moment we've been waiting for forever. Well, actually only since last October but still, we're crazy excited to see Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel", which hits theaters in the states tomorrow.
The inspiration for the film has not been revealed, yet there's only one hotel in Budapest that could be a real contender--The Corinthia Hotel Budapest which was formerly known as the Grand Hotel Royal when it opened in 1896 and actually sports a similar facade to the fictional Grand Budapest Hotel. And naturally, the Corinthia is capitalizing on the similarities with a "Behind the Scenes' package.
The three-night stay includes a tour at the hotel, learning about the role it played in Hungarian film industry (it used to house a cinema), a walking tour of the city's most famous movie set locations, a day cruise on the Danube along with a VIP Grand Budapest movie screening from March 20 to April 9. Breakfast for two is also included. The package stars at a total of $1,150 for two people including buffet breakfast and is valid from March 20 to December 25th.
Maybe all those sketchy connections to Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi are starting to catch up with the forthcoming Corinthia Hotel in London.
First the Corinthia started taking bookings for April 2nd but when we checked online they were no rooms available until April 16th. Being the detectives that we are, we called up the hotel only to be told it was opening April 2nd but they were indeed full until the 16th.
April 2nd passed and guess what? The hotel didn’t open. Next the hotel announced it would "fully open" April 16th and now it seems that it has been sneakily delayed yet again. Unless it is fully booked through April 27th but give the hotel's track history of “fully booked”, we doubt it. (Yes, our heads are spinning too.)
The last we heard the Corinthia Hotel London was taking bookings for April 2nd and according to the website it's still on track. Which made us a little worried when we tried to book a room and got the old "no availability" message online.
Were they fibbing? Were we looking at yet another delayed opening? Actually, no - we called the hotel who confirmed that it is indeed opening April 2, but that it's sold out until April 16, when the cheapest room you'll find will set you back £319. Wowza.
Here's what you get for your money: not only will the hotel have the biggest spa in London, a bakery, florist and a hair dressers, it also has 9 different suite types, all decorated in different styles. We haven't decided which one we like the best yet, but have managed to whittle it down to either the Lady Hamilton Suite or the Garret Suite although the Winston Churchill one also looks pretty sweet.