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It's not too often that a classic London hotel introduces a new suite, especially one with a light-up bathtub. An illuminated tub is just about the only bright thing you'll find in The Ebony Suite, freshly debuted at The May Fair, as the decor is exactly what it sounds likeblack, black and more glossy, chic black. Finally, a hotel suite to match the New York wardrobe...in London.
We've already taken you inside and all around the Amarillo Suite, but revisiting those photos, you should know that The Ebony is even larger; a one-bedroom with the option of adding a connecting room.
There is much of Japanese influence in the decor of the room, and in fact the bathroom consists of Toto appliances (you know, the super-advanced, Japanese-made toilets). Oh and guess what! There's a 34-square-meter terrace too!
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It's no wonder that The May Fair continues to stay on our most-loved London hotels list. Between lost sheep drama, hotel-branded cigarette jeans and the yellow-tastic Amarillo Suite, there's just a lot to love.
Right now, we're big-time crushing on their new Ebony Suite, whose bathroom has, yes, an illuminated tub. The bathroom was fitted out by Japanese toilet manufacturer Toto (the same company that built a toilet trike, and actually had someone ride it around Tokyo) and features other nifty details like color-changing sinks, remote control toilet, and a horizontal-stream shower.
Click through for more photos of the Ebony Suite!
The May Fair London is missing something very near and dear to their hearts, and they'd like to know if you can help them out for the reward of a big bottle of champagne.
It seems that one of the unofficial mascots of The May Fair Bar has been stolen! He's a little black sheep named Bertie, a piece of furniture that apparently delighted one local drinker so much that they decided to take him home. Now, guests steal a lot from hotels, we know, but taking a major piece from the public spaces? That's a new level of low; now other visitors won't get the chance to smile at Bertie or prop up their feet on his shaggy back.
Have you ever seen a Jeroboam of Belvedere vodka before? The May Fair London has, in fact it's sold one of the massive bottlesthe equivalent of four regular bottlesat its swish 150 Lounge, a cushy haven for champagne drinkers that'll order you up a posh bottle of really any sort.
The 150 lounge originally opened in January, and we checked it out recently on a visit to London, mainly to gawk at its clear tower of Magnums of Moet & Chandon and Dom Perignon. Set back from the main, noisy bar area, 150 is designed to host groups of up to 36 people who have a taste for the finer things. You may choose your bottle like picking a fat lobster from the tank, or leave it up to the experts with two fully planned-out menus, each complimenting a treasured vintage: Dom Pérignon vintage 2000 or Dom Pérignon Vintage Rose 1998. The pricetag? Oh, just starting at £2,400 ($3,840), and that doesn't include a room for the night.
As you read this, London's iconic May Fair Hotel is working to add more suites to their already impressive little collection of them. Why? Well, because it's The May Fair, but also because the hotel has such loyal guestsand deep-pocketed onesthat their suites are frequently booked up for weeks at a time. And wouldn't it be a pity, had you the cash, to be denied a suite stay at The May Fair? Yes. Yes, it would.
We dropped by the hotel recently on one such busy day, and although the famously fuchsia Schiaparelli suite was occupied, we could peek around in its twin, the Amarillo Suite.
While London's Ritz Hotel was being "trashed" during Saturday's protests, we hid out for a few hours in the bar of The May Fair just up the street. It was incredible to think that just a minute's walk away, the masses were wreaking such havoc while here, tucked a little back from Piccadilly, all was calm and proper as afternoon tea progressed.
If things had gotten any worse, we would probably have found our way down into The May Fair's private theater, the largest private theater in London actually. We peeked in for only a moment to snap these photos, and heard that it's all set up not only to host conferences, movie screenings and other events, but it can also show 3D films. And they say London's grand dame hotels are so traditional.
The Dorchester has seen its fair share of wacky celebrity incidents but this time around, we're happy to report (as is probably the Dorch) that the also celeb-centric May Fair Hotel served as the setting for a bar fight between Stephen Belafonte, the husband of Spice Girl Mel B., and some random dudes. The vigilant celeb-watcher that is The Daily Mail reports:
Bystanders to the fight last Thursday reported that it began after film producer Mr Belafonte, who was drinking cocktails in the hotel's Amba Bar & Grill, heard a fellow drinker make a derogatory comment about Miss Brown. The singer then watched on as hotel staff broke-up the fight before police and ambulance arrived on the scene. However, no charges were brought following the incident.
Well, it's kinda hard to get mad at him for defending his woman, right? Still, this probably wasn't what they expected would happen when they booked the five-star hotel.
The poor May Fair Hotel has been the scene of some budget celeb tension recently. First, Britain’s darling Cheryl Cole and her
cheating footballing husband Ashley Cole were spotted having a row in the lobby. Then the pneumatic Katie Price and her sap of an ex, Peter Andre, both stayed there on the same night, despite - gasp - swearing never to sleep under the same roof ever again.
But now, it’s playing backdrop for a slightly more A list piece of gossip, after the Italian gossip rag Novella 2000 got its hands on snaps of George Clooney’s bird Elisabetta Canalis staying on in the May Fair after accompanying her man to the London premiere of Up in the Air. And not only staying on after George had upped sticks to the States, but having a cosy dinner with footballer Clarence Seedorf - who then stayed in the hotel as well.
Staying at one of the most luxe hotels in London? Particularly the May Fair? Don't forget to pack your sexy blue and red paper glasses next to your Chanel sunnies: the May Fair has become the first hotel in the UK to offer "a 3D private viewing experience." Ohhh yes: the theatre now has 3D capabilities.
Boasting London's largest private screening room, the May Fair theatre now has the technology to show 3D films to the luxe clientele they're shooting (heh) for. It's a THX-certified theatre with 201 Ferrari leather-trimmed seats, its own bar and reception area, and an ARS (audio response system) console built into each seat.
The hotel is using RealD as its 3D-goodness provider, and (little did we know) 3D is sort of a hot thing right now (and not just a 1983 phenom): Monsters vs. Aliens, Journey to the Center of the Earth and the Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour were all recently released in 3D. Thank goodness Miley's in 3D, by the way. Thank goodness.
At a competition in Cuba recently (yes, we're not sure where Cuba comes into play here), the May Fair in London's mixologist Marios Elias presented the May Fair's signature mojito and it was recognized as the best mojito in the UK. Again, we dunno why they had to go all the way to Cuba to determine that, but a good cocktail is a good cocktail, we suppose.
The May Fair has released a tutorial detailing the steps to making this famed libation here (actually, this supposedly has instructions that guide you through adding everything except one "secret ingredient").
Oh, and also: here is the recipe. Hell, it's almost July. It's officially mojito season, no?
If your mom is as special as ours, we've got a suggestion for a way to spoil her on Mother's Day. Pop over to one of London's poshest hotels, the May Fair, and sign yourself and your mum up for a decadent Moroccan Steam Cleansing Ritual.
While at first you might think of steam cleansing as something you want to do to the carpet, once you hear what the May Fair's spa staff have in store for you, you'll think otherwise. After cleansing your skin with a crushed olive and eucalyptus oil mix, you head into a private steam chamber to apply a selection of products (including a scrub and mineral clay), chosen to match your individual needs: relaxing, healing or energizing, for example.
The nicest part about this spa treatment is that it's a whole lot cheaper if two of you do it. At £60 ($90) for one and £90 ($130) for two, this Mother's Day gift easily does triple-duty: a nice gift for mom, an opportunity for some quality mother-daughter bonding time and a chance to sneak in some relaxing spa goodness of your own.
Confession: some of us over here at HotelChatter love pink. And some of us love it so much that we choose to surround ourselves with it at home, despite its Cher Horowitz-esque, Limited Too-ish qualities. We've always fantasized about decorating our bedrooms exactly like the Schiaparelli Suite at the posh May Fair Hotel in London.
And now we have an excuse to try out our fantasy digs for reals without feeling badly about the splurge (around $4,665 per night).
In honor of Global Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the hotel will be donating 20% of of all revenues from stays in the hot pink suite during the month of October to Breast Cancer Care, a U.K. charity that provides emotional support and information to anyone affected by breast cancer. Just make sure you use reference code "PINK" when you book.
Reservations for the suite -- and all 1492 square feet of its pink glory -- can be made by calling (888) 201-1718.
Take lots of pictures for us. Sigh.