This is possibly the best hotel I have ever stayed in anywhere...(bar the Conrad in the Maldives but that is a different story). The location is fantastic, literally a 2 minute (if that!) walk south from Trafalgar Square, on Northumberland Avenue. The hotel is absolutely beautiful, its renovations was done in such a way that no detail was overlooked, from the little tables outside each room to place your newspaper or room service trays on, to the towel heating rack and the separate shower cubicle for additional privacy, to the fantastic spa facilities.
The hotel is luxuriously decorated with fushia and pale pink orchids placed everywhere in glass bowls. The can deposits you directly in front of the door where the doormen rush out (even in the pouring rain, with an umbrella for you) to help you up the steps, your luggage, into the warmth interior of its beautiful lobby. The lights were cast in a warm glow (given the fact we came late at night, in the rain.....) and we were directed immediately to the front desk by a lovely Japanese lady.
Check in was efficient and we got an upgrade of our room to the Deluxe/Executive.
Our room had a walk in, separate section for a wardrobe! The lights came on automatically when you walked in.
The bathroom was double sink, with a bathtub and a TV on one end and the heated towel rack on the other. I just want to point out that most 5* high end hotels we've been to has not so nice towels. Big, but not the fluffy, luxurious towels you read about. This place DOES have the big, fluffy, soft towels that just makes you want to sink into them after your wash; same with the bathrobes.
The toilet is in a separate compartment inside the bathroom, as is the shower. The shower has the rain shower and the proper one which you can take out of its bracket. The water pressure in this hotel is just amazing! And not just for London standards, but also for Swiss standards too - it was SO powerful.
The whole room has a selection of lighting, from normal ON, to mood lighting, which sets the place in a softer, warmer glow to the bed panels on each side of the bed which controls the lights. Very well thought out with these lighting panels.
There was also a panel which catered to all the plugs in the world, a separate USB port above it and its own TV, telephony and all these other weirdly lettered portals - everything is so well thought out and modernised in the room; they even provided an array of different sized boxes for your accessories, scattered tastefully about the room to look like decorations.
The showering/wash amenities in the room is from its ESPA spa productions and they smelt heavenly and lathered up in huge amounts on the skin, upon contact with water.
The breakfast buffet was sumptuously delicious, with a wide selection of hot and cold foods. The lady who sat us each morning was a haughty B* who gave the air that you were nothing more than a piece of dirt on her shoe - to pretty much everyone who came in.
We took the afternoon tea at the lobby and it was beautiful. They have this great big round table of mirrors which reflected the glass domed ceiling above, housing the most beautiful contemporary chandelier. Large vases of orchids were placed on the table and hte champagne bucket and sweets table was placed against the wall. Little round tables and leather clubs chairs were arranged in sets of two around this large centre piece, whilst more seating arrangements were organised about the rounded lobby lounge.
The tea was simply delicious and our waitress took the time explaining each plate of delicacies and even offered if we wanted more scones/sandwiches. I had the Laurent-Perrier Rosé afternoon tea which was incredibly expensive, at £58 a head you can find much cheaper elsewhere in London which would also get you a glass of bubbly.
However, under such wonderful setting, soft music in the background and that wonderful noise of tinkling delicate china, how can one resist?
Is this the most perfect spa ever?! You ride the elevator to the M(ezzanine) floor where you are welcomed by the friendliest staff, in the most beautiful spa lobby all done up in cream mother of pearl and shimmering soft lights. You are taken down to stairs to the nail salon & treatment rooms on one floor, the female spa changing areas on another floor - where the corridors winds somewhat confusingly around so the whole structure looks like a curving, shimering beautiful creature.
The mens spa changing areas and gym are one floor further down and is in the appropriate black. The lowest floor is where the swimming pool, steam room, sauna and thermal pools are. Everything is in black
SWANKY SPA REVIEW!
I needed a little treat...some "me time." Some super posh "me time," as it turns out. And the Corinthia Hotel Spa was just the ticket. It seemed.
With an extra day of holiday time I hadn't accounted for (score!), I booked myself a day spa package at the Corinthia Hotel. Very easily done via email, and just called a bit later on to secure with my credit card (24 hour cancelation notice or full charges will be made).
It's a gorgeous, gorgeous, gleaming spa that is the utmost in tranquil. Almost. :) (See below). Enter through the hotel, take the reception elevator to the mezzanine and follow the signs. Bring swimwear or gymwear depending on your desires and items to shower, etc (they do have the basics and a hairdryer).
I was able to show up anytime after 10am even though my services did not begin until noon. I really should've gotten in gear earlier to enjoy the thermal floors and pools before my session but was running late and just in time to slip into a robe and head in for my Balinese massage. It was an OK massage, but I was really hoping for a bit more pressure and when I asked the massage therapist for this, she told me this wasn't called for in the Balinese method.
Well, Ok. I may have misunderstood...but I sort of want to get out of this massage what I want to get out of it. No hard feelings, but I just left feeling a bit "meh" about the massage, and was in great need of a therapeutic rubdown. Notes for future. Also, there was construction going on during my session and even though it stopped about halfway through...at this price point, WOW. No construction noise should be heard while getting a massage. Not the girl's fault, but definitely an oversight that should've been addressed.
I felt a bit the same about the facial. No steam. It all felt a little "basic" for the price point. No extractions. Just a little average and not yielding any results that were tangible.
The nails (pedicure plus shellac manicure) were great! The shining star of the package (I added the manicure on, though).
Also the same girl did all of my services, which is totally fine and she was very sweet (but had a nasty cough)...but can you really be great at massage, facials AND nails? Maybe some, but i felt the massage and facial were not her strong suit, but the nails definitely were.
Also included a spa lunch, which was quite nice but the area it was served in was a bit awkward (right next to reception). Just felt a bit off.
Overall, it was a lovely afternoon...but when I really dissect the service quality, construction interruption, and price point I just can't do more than an AOK 3-stars.
*closest tube stop: Embankment.
More often than not I am unbelievably disappointed in hotels in the UK. The Corinthia hotel has changed that for me!
We checked out of the Corinthia today after a 7 day stay. Here are my thoughts:
The Good -
*Gorgeous, well-appointed rooms. Beautiful lobby. Loved the Harrods "store."
*Staff is unbelievably nice and bends over backwards to accommodate requests.
*We didn't eat in either hotel restaurant but breakfast (via room service, which was included in our rate) was top-notch. Not sure what the Corinthia cook does with his scrambled eggs but they are divine!
*Location is a bit off the beaten path but the hotel is quiet which is nice. The hotel is just a 3 minute walk from the Embankment tube station which is very convenient.
The Not So Good -
*Room Service is delicious but every day something was inadvertently left off our delivery (butter and/or milk for tea and/or water, etc.). Not a big deal bit just something to note.
*Shower water temperature changes randomly which can be a bit dangerous.
*Check out was the only real issue...the clerk tried to charge us for breakfast (which was included in our rate) and also refuted the spa credit that was allotted to us. Not sure why this was such a problem since I booked our stay directly on the Corinthia's website and thus everything should have been clearly indicated in their system? Everything was sorted out in the end but I hated leaving on a slightly negative note.
The Bottom Line - I will definitely stay at the Corinthia on my next visit to London. This was definitely an overall fantastic experience and I highly recommend this hotel.
THE swankiest hotel this little lady has ever stayed in.
We recently visited London over the US Labor Day holiday, and had the pleasure of staying at the Corinthia. I was able to get a significantly reduced corporate rate, which is the only reason we could stay here (see other reviews for price quotes). The hotel guarantees you a room upon check-in, no matter what time you arrive. We arrived at 9:00AM after a tiring transatlantic flight. As promised, rooms were ready for us when we checked in. My in-laws room was upgraded. Ours, on the other hand, was tiny! Looking at the fire escape map on the door, it looked like we had the smallest room on the floor. We asked if it were possible to move to another larger room, and they honored our request when the next room became available.
The hotel is beautiful, from the stunning lobby chandelier to the tasteful room decor. MY favorite room features are the 1)heated marble floors and 2) the rainfall showerheads.
Each night of our stay, we enjoyed drinks at the Bassoon Bar. One server in particular greeted us each night and remembered our drink orders. When my mother-in-law expressed how much she loved the spicy rice cracker snacks (served on each table), the server consulted with her colleagues and found a store nearby that sold them. That's just one example of the superior service at the hotel.
I also had the pleasure of using the fitness center and spa. All the equipment in the fitness center is brand new, and the facility is very clean. The spa was a bit busy on the evening I went, but towards closing time it died down a bit. My husband and I were able to enjoy the hydrotherapy circuit, and it relaxed us before an exciting night ahead.
We plan to return to London regularly, and we defintely plan on staying at the Corinthia during our return visits. Highly recommended!
One of the best hotels in london. Great rooms service and best spa gym. Would recommend highly, large US style rooms, nice showers, nice bed which is massively important and just a great place to stay in London.
One of the best hotels in which I've had the pleasure of staying. Obviously the area is great for walking, restaurants & pubs.
Beware of the breakfast buffet - it will set you back £26 but you'll want to keep doing it. :)
Its a fairly new hotel - rooms have every wall plug & power source available and known to man.
I have been putting off this review and couldn't really figure out why. Until just now. It is because I want to be back at the Corinthia Hotel in London...though maybe not this week with the olympics!
This place is pricey, though not the priciest in London. It feels sort of boutique-esque...everything seems new, because indeed it is...but yet it has all the modern amenities. The staff are very nice, the lobby gorgeous with its flowes, the rooms really nice...the bed super comfortable and a shower that has the normal one and a rain one...I almost missed London because I just wanted to stay in that shower. OOh and I love the shower products. Its right by the embankment tube station and therefore a great distance to the Thames if you want to run as well as bars and restaurants for night life. It is kind of far for shopping but thats not why I was in London.
I wish I could give this place 4.5 stars. Four seems low but I just can't give it a perfect score. For this reason: Corinthia...how about less flowers and more brunch...
I stayed two weekends and each weekend in a different room. the first room was perfect but because it was on a lower floor the beautiful door to the outside did not open. The second weekend I stayed higher up, the window opened but the shower door was funky and the entire bathroom floor would get wet...the gym locker room is nice but the actual gym very cramped.
And the hours of the restaurant weren't great and I almost missed brunch each time...it has very weird brunch hours that change depending on the day. That being said when I did actually get the brunch it was great and gave me no reason to venture out to London to find brunch as thats kind of a losing battle anyway.
hey if this place is good enough for Rhiana and the Very Reverend Jessee Jackson (which it was because they were there when I was)...than its good enough for me!
This is a relatively new luxury hotel in central london which, if you can afford it, is stunning. There are bright art deco murals, beautiful seating and just wonderful chandeliers done is a modernist way. You're first greeted by a vast table of lilies then directly behind, a capacious atrium finished with an astounding chandelier of small orbs arranged in a sphere.
This place is almost an art gallery in itself and all I can say is thank god I wasn't paying for it! A night here apparently costs £400-500 a night. I was invited to dinner here and afterwards we looked in one of the rooms; it was beautiful huge and plush. The bathrooms have waterfalls and the baths have TVs. The spa treatments alone would make you thank god that the company would pay, there was one total body rejuvenation for £7.5k!
Dinner at their Northall restaurant was amazing, we started off with drinks and the whole evening came to around to a surprisingly "low" £100 per head. I had the dressed crab with fresh mayonnaise as a starter and then a perfectly rare fillet steak with pepper sauce and mushrooms. Nothing out of the ordinary but great well cooked good food. I forget the wine but the appetiser cocktail was a very subtle elderflower and vodka mix. Worth getting!
The restaurant also has a sunday 3 course offer including a glass of champagne for £35 and a lunchtime offer for £25. Something to know as I'd imagine this being a fine place for a sunday treat.
If there was an option for 4.5 stars it would get it as, if I was paying, I would say it was too expensive for what it is. That said, if you have the money or you want to seriously impress a client then this place just has the wow factor.
Now I just need to work on being a millionaire so I can live here.
A truly wonderful experience for a weary traveler. The rooms are beautiful and relaxing. The service was very good. The restaurants were very good, but not outstanding. I will be back.
Possibly the best hotel I have stayed in ever. Exceptional service, fantastic rooms, great food.
The lobby is absolutely stunning and a lovely place to meet up with someone for a coffee or tea. (especially if you like sipping tea out of fine china). I felt like a princess sitting on the couch filled with cushions. The only drawback is the exorbitant cost--5 pound latte anyone? If you can afford the indulgence (and by the way the coffee was too hot and burned my mouth but I loved the buttery biscotti that came alongside it) and feel that it is worth it, go there and enjoy the quiet and calming lovely interior.
The most excellent location....unbelievable shower...excellent all round service and attention.....and the beds were......ZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
First I want to apologize to the hotel in my delay and slack in writing this review. Got Home and Life just happens..No excuses just WOW OH WOW..I wanted to give the Hotel and the review the time it deserves-They are more then 7 stars.They sure were not slack in there service,hospitality and open arms welcoming.(you will see I am kinda a dramatic gurl-LOL
This is a wonderful Hotel,the pictures do not ---I repeat ---do not do it even come close to doing the hotel justice! I am hoping my pictures will help with that-you be the judge!
The Hotels sheer designer opulence and attention to detail is remarkable. I also want to say I read all reviews before booking here.
Some were umm emmm well ---a little less complimentary-I dont know why. I hope you will all think twice and stay here over some where else!
The staff, I swear must have to answer a secret question only they know. For what I mean by this,is that they all are there to help you have AN UNBELIEVABLE STAY!!!! And I do mean unbelievable stay.
The whole staff and I do mean all the staff from Concierge,Front Desk greeters to the Door Man to the Porters(who I might say if you are from the states 1 of them looks just like a young version of Christian Slater was soo sweet ran down the street got taxis when it took to long or was raining,he took pics for us) The one Door man who is from Ireland gave us suggestions where to go as this was our 2nd leg of the trip. We were going to the Notre Dame Game there.To the cleaning staff,as I smoke(oh there is no smoking in the rooms or in hotel)however there is a lovely courtyard that is built between the hotel walls that you may smoke a cig or cigar. Lovely fireplaces at each end and you may also order sandwiches or tea. To the restaurant servers at Massimos the Head Receiptionist Oonagha,to Maxime the Asst Manager who waited on us.
Everyone and I do mean everyone from the Concierges with Darren, Justin and Sebastian, to the Front Desk Ben Milsom Reservations Supervisor. He helped with the car service(we chose a JaguarXJ cost of £140 from the service of" Quintessentially"(please ask for Mark07738971555) and the initial reservation.
Our room was unbelievable a deluxe room,a lovely chocolate confection cake to celebrate our 1st trip to london and more. He made it all so special with champagne,which was waiting for us in the room. To Jean Louis Fresta -Front of House Manager to Julius Asst front desk supervisor. We had a slight problem with the first room heated floors(which seem to be standard in all rooms) not working.(Oh yes the hotel has free yes free wifi and it worked in our room along with the one we switched to! )They tried to fix the problem but were unable to with out major work in house.They were very courteous as they wont enter your room if you have DND light on or are not there and have not spoken to you to enter. If you read the review you will see I am trying to point out what others seem to find fault with where we DID NOT.
Also the closet was huge in this standard room. Not be able to fix this they offered to move us from room #726 deluxe to room #321 which was a beautiful suite.
The room was excellently appointed in decoration. There are 2 rooms a small hallway and 1 full bathroom along with a entry hallway with a guest bath as we did entertain while there we did biz and pleasure. I loved the room with its accessories books to read Chanel and more all for the guests enjoyment. I must mention I loved the makeup table with mirror drawers so chic!
I also want to say we didnt even need to leave the hotel if we chose not to.
The brkfst was lawesome, so many choices to choose from.Breads eggs sausage bacon ceral fresh fruit yogart I think you get it. You could also see a menu if you didnt want the continental Breakfast. This served breakfast and lunch tea can be had in the wonderful hotel lobby which really isnt a hotel lobby like we think of in the states. Dinner can be had at Massimos yumme yumme italian and a French Restaruant which we did not eat there. The spa which was phenomenal along with a work out room,lots of water and use of certain spa amenities.
WOW OH WOW Thank You to Renaud Gregoire who I also had the pleasure to meet. He enables his staff to take care of the situation-get it handled make the customer happy!
I am sure if you are reading this you can see how much we loved this hotel. I hope you read this in its entirety,Yes I do go on and on...When a hotel deserves this recognition it should be lengthy.
We have stayed all over in mostly 6+ star/Diamond etc Hotels from California to Hawaii to Rome Cavalieri Hotel. This is the Jewel of all!
Once you read this review please contact me if you have any questions.
Just perfect. Don't miss the pool at the spa!
I am happy to write the first review as someone who has actually stayed here. This is by far the best hotel I have stayed at. We are Four Seasons regulars and have a high expectation for service, decor, amenities, etc. The Corinthia is quite adept at all of these details and worth every penny. It is most certainly NOT the most expensive hotel in London - in fact, the rooms are spacious and laid out well with much thought to detail for things like technology, outlets and niceties like heated flooring in the bathrooms as well as heated towel racks. The contemporary design is not minimalistic but luxurious and classic while fresh and contemporary. There are little touches that do not go unnoticed like fresh flowers in the rooms and wonderful boxes of chocolate each night on your pillow - and not just any chocolate but perfect little black boxes tied with a bow from William Curley. We have enjoyed afternoon tea several times, room service and enjoyed a few meals in Northall. All of our dining experiences have been perfect. I can't neglect to mention the location - it is situated perfectly for getting around London yet on quiet Whitehall Place within a quick stroll of Westminster, Parliament, St James Park, and Trafalgar Square. You would be foolish not to stay at the Corinthia over any other luxury hotel in London!!
Simply stunning hotel. Nothing to add. Everything top level!
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