By Thalia Oosthuizen
When entering the Corinthia Hotel London, you will notice the timelessly classic architecture and sheer grandeur that houses the 294 rooms, suites, and penthouses, and the glowing chandeliers and fresh flowers catch your eye as you enter the hotel lobby. Although you are just minutes from the Thames River and West End, you could not feel further removed from the hustle and bustle of city life.
The flair and elegance of the Corinthia Hotel London: The Sheer Grandeur of this City Retreat
As you stand on the rooftop terrace of the Royal Penthouse, soaking in the exclusive 180-degree panoramic view of London, you may feel like you are the ruler of the world.
As you enter your penthouse, that feeling stays with you. The penthouse is spread over two floors that are connected by your own private internal elevator, and as you walk in the front door, you are greeted by the striking entrance hall with its marble floor, fresh flowers and the liberal oak floored living space, both decorated with the most elite décor and paintings available.
In keeping with the lavish theme, you will be overwhelmed by the grand sweeping circular staircase that has a decorative floral artisan balustrade. The staircase leads to two bedrooms that have palatial walnut framed king sized beds that promise you a phenomenal night sleep.
The honey onyx and Skyros marble bathroom will leave you awe-struck with the 2.2-meter long free standing Apaiser stone bath and the large walk in shower. From the private spa suite and 24-hour butler service to the walk-in wine cellar that is housed within your Penthouse, this suite is designed to give you the most affluent and lavish experience.
The private roof terrace and balcony is the most magnificent space for you to gaze at the dreamy views of the stately bridge over the reflective water of the River Thames, the lit up London Eye, the city skyline with its alluring night lights while you sip on a glass of champagne. Complete with a study and dining room, this is the perfect place to spend your time in style and elegance.
The Hamilton and Musician’s Penthouse suites leave nothing to be desired
From the styled lobby with hand-painted trellis patterns to the high roof of the dining room, you can enjoy the atmosphere of timeless elegance is met with modern themes throughout the Hamilton Penthouse.
A spacious private terrace welcomes you to enjoy the spa pool while gazing at the romantic views of the London, and enjoy the freshness of the planted ledge that grandiosely sweeps around the edges of the terrace, that has a built-in fire to keep you warm.
The musical influences of the Musician’s Penthouse are unmistakable – you can enjoy the warm tones of a classic record on the state of the art record player, and the unmistakable curves of crotchets and quavers are carried through the décor and artwork throughout the suite.
The double height lounge is illuminated by the opulence of two vintage style chandeliers, and the grand staircase is lit by glistening glass spheres. The private roof top terrace features a spectacular view of the city and River Thames that is comparable to the sheer luxury of the interior of the suite, and the glass walls and gorgeous dining area will tantalize your mind’s eye.
A great family option
If you are traveling with your children and you are looking for something different than the delicate suites mentioned above, the perfect room for you is the Family room, which has two double beds, so your family can have a comfortable stay in a tastefully decorated, warm and inviting room with neutral tones, and modern finishes. Your room is also equipped with family channels on the television, a complimentary cuddly toy from the Battersea Cats & Dogs Home and child-sized bathrobes and slippers.
Your children can also be entertained with DVD’s, games and books which are all available upon request, and if you would like a night out without the kids, babysitting, and room service facilities are available. The en-suite marble bathroom with Tropical Rain Shower, bathtub with a built in television, and under-floor heating is the perfect place to relax after a busy day exploring London.
Other room options
You can choose from five different room options– Trafalgar, Junior, Deluxe Junior, Whitehall and River Suites – all of which will allow you to have amazing views of different parts of London, including Scotland Yard and Trafalgar Square. The River Suite is grand in design, where you can enjoy spectacular 180-degree views of the River Thames, the London Eye, and St. Paul’s Cathedral. When you enter your room, you will instantly feel the luxury and soothing nature of the suite in the manner in which it has been laid out.
It is stylish and modern, while still maintaining a warm, welcoming and comfortable feel. Super king sized beds that envelop you in the crisp white linen and fluffy pillows invite you to sink into their comfort. The wooden flooring and a flat screen television will make you feel like this is your home away from home, while your en-suite marble bathroom boasts under floor heating, a bathtub with a built in television and a separate tropical rain shower.
If you would like to share some photos on social media or keep in touch with friends, there is high-speed wireless internet provided. A sizeable walk-in closet makes your stay even more comfortable, and access to the 24-hour state of the art fitness studio will have you enjoying your holiday without breaking your workout routine.
There are no shortages for fine dining at the Corinthia London Hotel. You will be spoiled for choice at one of the three restaurants that the hotel has to offer
The Northall Restaurant offers you dining in the most breathtaking dining room:
Featuring plush burnt orange leather offset by the shimmering mirrored panels, modern chandeliers and outgoing picture windows where you can enjoy the calming flavors of traditional gourmet British cuisine while taking in the aroma of the fresh flowers.
The Northall Bar, featuring a timeless marble island and trendy chandelier offers you the epitome of chic socializing, where you can enjoy a glass of wine, champagne or a cocktail before you enjoy your dinner.
Massimo Restaurant offers you a taste of Italy with their authentic fine seasonal Italian dishes infused with bold flavors
You can enjoy your meal while taking in the gorgeous art deco style of Massimo Restaurant, which features statuesque Corinthian columns, and you will instantly notice the large globe light fittings that hover between the columns illuminating the shiny mahogany and polished marble of the restaurant.
Regarded as one of the most romantic restaurants in London, you can enjoy a light lunch or late supper in this timeless dining room while soaking in the warmth of the leather chairs and crisp, modern finishes.
The Crystal Moon Lounge is the ideal spot for you to enjoy afternoon tea and cakes.
Perfumed by fresh flowers, and illuminated by the dazzling Baccarat Chandelier that bathes the room in majesty, you can take pleasure in delightful, seasonal cakes and fancies, and a variety of teas all served on William Edwards’ fine china tea sets, while seated in the comfortable and diverse chairs. Private dining is available upon your request at any of the hotel’s restaurants, where you will be able to have a tantalizing and romantic gourmet meal.
If you fancy a day of relaxation and peace
You can escape with the wide variety of treatments available at the holistic ESPA Life Spa at the Corinthia London Hotel, which will allow you to feel pampered in a tranquil and calming environment, where you will leave feeling rejuvenated and fresh – body, mind, and soul.
As you walk through the doors of the Thermal Floor, you will first notice the eye-catching shimmering Silver Pool that reflects onto the ceiling, which invokes a dream-like floating feeling, and the modern stylish décor and finishes that are represented throughout the hotel. You can choose from aromatherapy and hot stone massages and body treatments that will soothe your mind and calm your senses.
You also have full use of the spa facilities, including the gym, vitality pool, amphitheater sauna, steam room, ice fountain and experience showers, all of which are designed to ensure your body and mind are calm and at peace. There is also a beauty and hair salon available where you can do your nails, make-up, and hair styling.
London: Exploring and dining
In one of London’s most prestigious shopping areas, you will find Mount Street. Mount Street has the capital’s finest retailers of fashion and antiques. Oscar de la Renta, Balenciaga, and Céline are just a few names that vested their store in this street as well as specialized shops for your cigars and top hats.
Regent Street is one of the most famous shopping streets in the world. It is often the first destination shoppers visit in London with its more than 140 shops including designer shops. For a thoughtful and unique present Marylebone is the perfect place to shop. Beautiful boutiques showcase original fashion and homeware options.
Craving culture? Borough Market is a thriving market where you can enjoy street food from different countries and cultures, and freshly baked bread and treats. If you would like to attend a cooking class or buy specialty items, you will find it all at Borough Market where you will see the vibrant London culture.
If you are in the mood for a Michelin star restaurant dinner, you will be spoiled for choice in London. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is the place to be for modern, simple, and quirky dishes, inspired by the revitalization and reconstruction of traditional recipes, and Heston’s gastronomic past. The restaurant boasts a modern and edgy décor, while still creating a warm and inviting atmosphere that you can enjoy while marveling at the view of Hyde Park out of the large windows.
Chez Bruce is a French Michelin star restaurant that overlooks the green space of Wandsworth Common, where you can enjoy delicacies from homemade charcuterie and slow cooked braises to warm and cold salads, classic desserts, and homemade specialty bread. Modern but classic and tastefully laid out, you will love the warmth and subtlety of Chez Bruce.
The dramatic flair and elegance of the Corinthia London will be a constant reminder that style and grace can stand the test of time, where quality décor and artworks will be preserved and appreciated, and you can enjoy the opulence of a British landmark in a modern but tasteful way.