London often means different things to different people. There’s a neighbourhood to suit even the most finicky of tastes, but without being a local yourself, it can often be difficult to decipher. If you’re looking for one of the cities’ newest luxury hotels with no expense spared on creating a sumptuous haven that will have you struggling to leave the hotel, you must look no further than the Corinthia Hotel London.
The Corinthia favourably overlooks the River Thames and is situated in the heart of the city. This not only makes for spectacular views at nightfall, but also positions oneself in the very heart of London’s most prized attractions – The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, The London Eye, and Buckingham Palace are all but a short walk away. Also within walking distance is London’s bustling food and theatre scene in Coventry Garden and West End.
With 294 guest rooms, including 36 suites and 7 two-storey penthouses, The Corinthia Hotel London is one of London’s larger hotels, though you wouldn’t know it once at home in your room. Rooms are spacious by London standards, and if I didn’t know any better I would have thought I had the whole floor to myself – it’s that peaceful. As it turns out, the hotel is in fact running at a high occupancy rate and it is very seldom otherwise, being a favourite for returning visitors to London.
London has no shortage of luxury hotels, so it takes something out of the ordinary to make a property stand out and gain devoted return travellers. After my stay at the Corinthia London, I can assure you I am one of those. This hotel has managed to hit all the right spots in terms of attentive service without being overbearing, opulence without excess, modern trimmings without being at the expense of classic taste, and of course bearing the reliability of the Corinthia brand.
The Corinthia Experience
I was greeted by a charming bellman as he opened the door of my black cab and took care of my bags while I approached reception to check-in. I was fortunate enough to secure an upgrade for my two-night stay, which was certainly a warm welcome given the sheer size of the Executive Suites alone. But the benefits of booking a room at the Corinthia Hotel London extend far beyond the room types, and it is in fact two areas of the hotel that took my breath away as standouts of my experience here and in other luxury hotels around Europe.
Last year I visited just shy of 40 luxury properties to reveal some of the most opulent leading hotels of the world. Following my visit to The Corinthia Hotel London, I am left to conclude that this hotel has one of the best buffet breakfasts on offer in the enter city of London, and undeniably the most lavish and indulgent day spas you could encounter.
ESPA day spa is split across three levels, making it the largest day spa in London. However you could promptly argue quantity does not mean quality, hence my decision to try it out for myself. As you enter the spa lift and descend underground, it is impossible not to feel the excitement of the unknown grow within you. When you reach reception, the staff will sign you in and usher you back to the lift, of which is now re-routed to take you to your spa experience.
When you exit the lift, it is easy to overlook the female change rooms to your left – but in fact a panel of the stone wall hides this private area, adding to the exclusivity you can only dream of through visualisation. In short, this is something you must simply experience for yourself first-hand, and it is an experience not to be missed if you have any appreciation for spa rituals. Once inside, you will be spoilt for choice between various plunge pools, steam rooms, and an opulent sauna. ESPA products are in abundance, ensuring spa guests leave feeling relaxed, rejuvenated, and replenished to take on the chilly London air once it comes time to leave.
It would be negligent to overlook the time and consideration that has gone into creating some of London’s most thoughtful rooms and suites. As I entered my Executive Suite, I mindlessly placed my camera bag on the hall table to my left, my coat on the hanger in my walk-in wardrobe to my right, and entered the main room – an abundance of space that somehow was not made to feel empty, but instead warm and welcoming. The high ceilings and large window frames made me feel effortlessly at home, as well as a large welcoming bathtub with an in-wall television to make it even more difficult to want to leave my suite.
Other room highlights included a nespresso machine, generous furnishings, and design concept books to keep one entertained when people watching from my perch at the window lost it’s novelty.
If you’re looking for something superbly special for your stay in London, the Corinthia offers more than enough special touches you won’t find elsewhere. If the Corinthia is out of your price range for your stay in London, I would highly recommend you find the time in your schedule to visit for either a buffet breakfast or use of the ESPA day spa. Each are equally impressive and will leave you only wanting more.
The Corinthia Hotel London
10 Whitehall Pl, London
+44 20 7930 8181