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Hotel room lighting is a serious matter. Sometimes it's too harsh (especially in the bathroom) and sometimes it's too dark to even read the room service menu. But even when you like the lighting, it can be hard to turn it off as the switches are either hidden, too complicated to understand, or worst of all, controlled by a tablet.
You will find none of that at The Goring in London. This is what the light switches look like in the room. And there are at least three of them. (We actually counted four in our room.) Now can you guess which was our favorite setting? Of course you can. We bet Kate Middleton likes that setting too.
Stay tuned tomorrow for more on the guest rooms at The Goring. For now, you can peruse the hotel's recent lobby transformation HERE.
[Disclosure: Juliana paid a media rate of 200 pounds at The Goring.]
Summer in London can mean only one thing: picnics in the parks. Hyde Park, specifically, for sarnies and champagne with Speaker’s Corner in the distance.
Every summer, hotels get together picnic packages and hampers, and the first to land of 2015 is from The Arch London, right by Hyde Park at Marble Arch. You could pick up your lunch at Pret a Manger, but it might be nicer to go with something like this – a Best of British-inspired selection from the hotels’ Hunter 486 restaurant.
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Just shy of two years, that’s how long it will take between hearing about The Lanesborough London’s renovation plans (that was in August 2013) and seeing their result: reservations at the Hyde Park Corner hotel are open from July 1.
That isn’t to say that the official opening date will be July 1 though, as the hotel isn’t committing to that yet – who knows, it may be earlier. As always, with live reservations come a few more details, like room types among the total of 50 rooms and 43 suites. The 50 rooms are split between Deluxe and Executive; a Queen bed in either category gives you a shower and single vanity, while a King comes with shower, bath, and double vanity. Above a rendering of a Deluxe Room (we’re still a step away from actual photography); matching patterns between headboard / bedspread / curtains / chair / armchair / bench makes us a little nervous, but we’re hoping Alberto Pinto’s eye ensures it will work in real life. A Deluxe Room starts from £575 ($860) a night, but the first weekend of July seems to come at a premium, with rates starting at £750 ($1,050) a night.
Over on Jaunted, you can get our inside looks at some of the world’s best airline lounges, so we thought we’d do something similar here and start talking about some of the hotel lounges we’ve frequented for our series on Hotel Club Lounges. Today, we're having a look inside the Executive Club Lounge at the Conrad St James in London.
This hotel originally opened in 2012 as an InterContinental but Conrad Hotels, Hilton's luxury brand, took over management in September 2014.
Because the hotel is still rather new, not much has changed in the guest rooms since HotelChatter last looked at them in December 2012. (The cheeky Do Not Disturb signs, which depicted parliament snoozing, have been replaced.)
The beds are incredibly comfortable, there are showers and separate bathtubs in all rooms, free WiFi, a comprehensive plug panel at the desk and complimentary Nespresso coffee. We especially liked the futuristic screen that housed the TV. It looked like a giant tablet but the TV screen inside was normal-sized.
In short, the hotel checks off every box when you are looking for a modern luxury hotel--it's central (The St. James' tube stop is across the street), it's comfortable (we laid in bed for an entire day, not kidding), and there are several restaurant and bar options on-site (such as the Blue Boar Bar where they will celebrate Royal Baby #2 with free bubbly. But what puts Conrad over the top here is their Executive Lounge.
The view from Park Plaza Westminster Bridge
Summer. Remember that? You will if you’re in the UK right now, because it’s basking in heat, sunlight, all that good stuff that you normally wouldn’t expect
ever till August.
Now is the perfect time to take a staycation, but UK hotels are notoriously expensive. Step forward Park Plaza, which has produced a 30 percent discount code for their UK hotels.
Discreet English manners. A shoe-polishing service. Fine afternoon teas. Not the kind of thing we expect from Dubai.
February 2016 is the day that the world will change its axis and the DUKES Dubai will open on the “trunk” of the Palm Jumeirah. It’ll be a five star property with attached “residences”, or villas, in Dukes Oceana which are already up for sale from today.
We liked The Nadler Soho so much we picked it as one of our HotelChatter-approved options for London's Soho ‘hood so we’re pleased to hear the affordable (though, rates in Soho can sometimes be alarmingly high – don’t forget your ethos, budget-chic options) brand is adding a third hotel in the city: The Nadler Victoria.
A group with more pretension would have called it The Nadler St. James seeing that its address is Palace Place, literally around the corner from Buckingham Palace. Above is what you’ll find today: lots of scaffolding mostly, but the signs noting the arrival of the 73-room hotel are up.
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Forget the beer, you'll be having the bubbly
Half of London (and all of America) seems to be on Royal Baby Alert currently, with mini Middleton #2 due in the second half of April. “I don’t care,” you may say. “What has the royal baby ever done for me?”
Well, nothing yet. But that may be about to change. Because if you’re in London the day it is born, it may just earn you a free glass of champagne.
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Whether before in New York, or now in London, the arrival of Savage Beauty, the Alexander McQueen exhibit, has been hard to miss, both for its rave reviews and the impossibility of getting tickets. The retrospective opened on March 14 at the Victoria & Albert Museum in South Kensington, and while “tickets still available” is listed on the website (in all caps, for that matter), as we write this we cannot even get the “buy online” page to load.
The answer to getting inside in the near future may involve a stay in a hotel, one where McQueen spent a lot of his time: Claridge’s. From now until May 17, the hotel has a “Savage Beauty at Claridge’s” package available, which gets you an overnight stay at the hotel and tickets to the exhibit. When you check in, there will be a bottle of champagne waiting for you, as well as a copy of the specially commissioned book “Alexander McQueen”.
Savage Beauty is the largest McQueen retrospective to date, bringing together over 200 pieces of his work. If you’re going the Claridge’s route, you’re looking at a starting price from £560 ($835) a night. A full price ticket – if you can get hold of one – is £16 ($24) per adult. We’ll just hit refresh on the booking page yet again…
[Savage Beauty photo via Claridge's: Duck feather dress - The Horn of Plenty, A/W 2009-10 - Alexander McQueen. Butterfly headdress of hand-painted turkey feathers - La Dame Bleue,S/S 2008 - Philip Treacy for Alexander McQueen. Tulle and lace dress with veil and antlers - Widows of Culloden, A/W 2006–07- Alexander McQueen. Room photo: Claridge's]
Available from May 6 (yes, that is exactly a year since we took you inside on opening day), the Shangri-La Suite is one of three “final and most spectacular suites” of the hotel, the other two being the Westminster and London Suites. We talked about these way back when, with their completion at the time projected for fall last year, but here they finally are.
Above a rendering of the Shangri-La suite’s living room, which comes in at 188 sq m (2,023 sq ft) and comes with 180-degree views of the city from floor 39. Creams and golds dominate (or for the more refined: “champagne, citrine, and bronze), with all furniture custom designed for the suite. Access is through a private elevator, there is a 24-hour butler, and you will have a private chauffeur, too.
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Nothing like a big anniversary to think about doing something new for the future, right? The Langham London is hitting the big 1-5-0 this year (the hotel opened in 1865), and as part of its celebration it’s not only a doing a round of renovations, it has revamped and renamed the former Club Wing into the Regent Wing.
The wing, with its own private entrance, has 43 Grand Executive Rooms, two Studio Suites, a Regent Suite, and a Wedgwood Suite. The Regent Suite goes up to four bedrooms, while the Wedgwood Suite of course has “artefacts and bespoke items of English heritage chinaware”. First impression is a lot of subdued light grey, a pop of purple in the two chairs and the headboard, and contrasting dark wood in the dressoir and desk.
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Right around this time last year, we saw first-hand what happens when two famous hotel bartenders spend a week mixing cocktails in the same London hotel bar: a double feature of Confessions of a Hotel Bartender and six specially-selected cocktails to drink your way through.
The bar at The Connaught, where all of this went down, was packed during Colin Field’s week long residence in Agostino Perrone’s home, but it almost always is. Luckily, there is now this: the Champagne Room at the Connaught Bar – a small, secluded drinking spot accessible either through an internal passageway from the main bar or through a set of heavy curtains off of a quiet corridor behind the lobby.