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As long as the list of London hotels is, there aren’t that many that come with a proper pool, and between space restrictions and historic buildings, it’s not that easy to just add one in. The solution? Dig down, which is what Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park did to accommodate a new 17-meter (56 foot) twin-lane, stainless-steel pool, fitness centre and changing areas.
Like we’ve seen at Piccadilly, the busy streets of Knightsbridge give little away of what lies underneath. As you step into the marble-filled lobby of the hotel, take the stairs on the left towards the spa, where down the long corridor, the elevator can now take you a level further into the ground, provided you have a guest key to activate it (or have one of the limited and rather expensive memberships). Rather than having the hotel above you, it’s the palatial apartments of One Hyde Park, the Candy & Candy development that arrived a few years ago amid much publicity and more than a little bit of controversy as the symbol of what real estate in the city has come to.
As floor themes, that is – while we wish our evening at Generator London would have included hanging out with Sacha Baron Cohen, Julie Andrews, and Daniel Craig (imagine that), they were only there in spirit, bringing a splash of different color and design to the just-reopened hostel-with-style in Bloomsbury.
Available by the bed, Generator is taking affordability to the extreme, with starting rates at £12 ($20) a night – but the real gems to us are the private twins starting at £24.50 ($40). Share it with a friend and you’re looking at nightly cost of $20 per person, for a clean bed in a private room with a modern bathroom. You can’t go wrong with that in London, and could easily do much worse for more money.
Straight after the €1 flash sale at Generator Barcelona this week that we hope some of you were able to take advantage of, the stylish hostel brand is ready to welcome you back to Generator London, following its multi-million pound overhaul.
We headed over to the city’s Bloomsbury area to have a look – and there was a lot to see, and lots of people had shown up to browse the public areas, listen to the live music, and sample the specially created gin, elderflower, and Earl Grey tea cocktails.
While the opening rates of citizenM New York bum us out a bit ($199 in March?), the news in London doesn’t do much to cheer us up. The good bit is that citizenM is bringing a third addition in the hipster paradise of Shoreditch in 2015, but that’s overshadowed by the fact that both Holborn and Tower Hill also won’t arrive before next year. In some ways it's not a surprise given how dormant Holborn looked a few weeks ago.
If citizenM does pull off opening all three of them next year, it means they’ll add close to 900 hotel rooms to their portfolio, and all in one city. Holborn should have just under 250 rooms, Tower Hill will be the flagship with 370, and Shoreditch will be a bit smaller at 185.
Last week we gave you six reasons why we thought the London Edition was all that (and truthfully, we could have listed a few more) but apparently, there are a few things that Ian Schrager and the rest of the Edition team feel needs work. Like the guest room hallways and doors.
Personally, we liked the well-lit hallways and the large numbers that are painted on the bottom of every door, especially since our room was far from the lifts and down a curvy and twisty hallway. Alas, Edition is painting over those numbers in a dark grey color which will lower the light level in the hallways just a touch.
The hotel will open its doors to real, live, paying guests on May 6th with a superior room starting at 450GBP a night, or an eye-watering $748 USD. Thankfully, that includes VAT.
While the rooms will open on May 6 as will Ting, the signature restaurant and lounge on level 35, the hotel's champagne and cocktail bar, Gŏng--located on the top floor and named after the interlocking wooden brackets commonly used in traditional Chinese architecture and featured throughout the venue-- will open later on in July. It will be the highest champagne and cocktail bar in London when it opens. (FWIW, the infinity pool will also open on level 52, but in the fitness center, not as part of Gŏng.)
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We can only hope the recent layoffs at Morgans Hotel Group will turn the ship towards calmer waters and sunnier shores, because there are still a few properties in the pipeline that we want to see being completed.
In London at least that seems to be a bit of a question mark, because all reference to the Hudson London – planned in an Edwardian building on Great Scotland Yard formerly used by the Ministry of Defense – has been removed from the group’s website.
For now, the Mondrian London continues to progress towards opening sometime this summer (we hope), having just received its new “Sea Containers” sign (the name of the building) and its new trademark blue lighting. The first three floors of guestrooms in the middle of the building look to have river-facing balconies.
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We were one of the first people inside the London Edition when it opened back in September (an award-winning opening, we might add) and while HotelChatter contributor JasonD got to chat with hotelier Ian Schrager as well as peep the presidential suite, we never got to properly spend the night.
Thus when this editor found herself across the pond last month and in need of a hotel room, the choice was clear. How could I not stay at an Edition Hotel, after years (three) of obsessively following the brand?
So, using a combination of American Express points and pounds, I booked a superior room. At check-in, I was then upgraded to a deluxe room (no, the hotel was not aware I was coming.) My room was located at the end of a twisty, maze-like hallway that had me confused a few times later on when walking back to my room. But once inside room 229, the Edition was everything I hoped it would be.
Lest I bore you with long, overwrought paragraphs, allow me to present 6 Reasons Why The London Edition Is All That. If the list is too much for you to get through, then just scroll through the photos. You'll get the same idea anyways.
The rows of elegant town houses in London’s South Kensington can bring on an acute case of real estate envy, but for those without the multi-million pound budget to acquire their own, Doyle Collection's The Kensington Hotel is introducing an alternative you can get just for the night: its new 1,900 square foot Town House Suite.
The privately-owned hotel occupies four real Regency town houses just off of Old Brompton Road, which puts you a bit further away from the West End, but around the corner from the Natural History Museum and a stroll away from glorious Royal Albert Hall. The Town House Suite can be configured with up to three bedrooms, each with private bathroom. We love the classic fireplace and the little circular nook next to it in the above picture – how could you not want to curl up and never leave?
East and West London may feel like worlds apart to some, but that isn’t stopping these hotels from embracing both: we’ve told you the Hoxton is expanding into Holborn, and now the Zetter & Zetter Townhouse are set to bridge their original haunt of Clerkenwell and tony Marylebone.
The Zetter Seymour, on the street of the same name just north of Marble Arch, should open in September with just 24 bedrooms in a double-wide Georgian townhouse. Mostly obscured by scaffolding, the exterior of number 26 (on the right) should give you an idea of what it will look like, with a total of six windows across.
While the Zetter Townhouse was created around fictional host "eccentric great aunt Wilhelmina", Marylebone will be the realm of "wicked uncle Seymour". What exactly that means is still kept under wraps, but there will be a large rooftop suite and a cocktail bar downstairs.
Planning a dirty weekend in London? We've already declared the rooms at the Sanctum Soho to be among the Sexiest hotel Rooms Alive! but, look out, the hotel's BXG Suite aka room 404, is possibly now the sexiest of the sexy after teaming up with luxury erotic specialists, Box Of Grey.
The suite is decorated with "voyeuristic" images of models Jenny Goodall and Tessa Kuragi by photographer Ray Burmiston and, if you pay £350 extra (on top of Junior Suite rates that start at $620) , comes with a "Bijoux Sanctum" flight case filled with restraints, a BXG leather mask, grey tie, Lelo Whip, feather, latex Bondage Bow and bullet vibrator.
Keep reading for some even naughtier items!
A month ago we thought it looked like it was nearly complete, and so it was: Andre Balazs’ new London hotel, the Chiltern Firehouse, opened a couple of weeks ago. Nearly three and a half years after we first scoped it out, and many a walk-by in between, we were able to do a quick lap through the courtyard, peek into the buzzing restaurant, and peer through the windows into the yet-to-open bar.
We weren’t quite right with our guess of it being called the Chiltern Street Hotel (and actually prefer the Firehouse addition), but we did hit the nail on the head thinking that entry to the hotel is through the courtyard, in the far corner you see above. Those red benches we spotted were in place too, along with a range of other furniture that we trust will be permanently occupied once spring pushes through and those bare shrubs sport some greenery.
Before you rush over with your bags, know that the 26 suites aren’t quite ready yet. The restaurant, pretty much booked solid at the moment, is open daily for dinner and for brunch on the weekend.