Hotel Review: Corinthia Hotel London


I first got introduced to the Corinthia chain of hotels last year when I reviewed all three of the Corinthia’s hotels in Valletta, Malta during a week-long jaunt to the island. A few months later, I even got a foretaste of the Corinthia London hotel when I reviewed — and loved –their Northall restaurant. But nothing could have prepared me for the experience of actually staying at the hotel, which is the nearly two-year old flagship of the Corinthia chain.

Corinthia

The best luxury hotels are those who manage to combine luxury with a feeling of inclusiveness for all, in my opinion. I don’t want to check in anywhere where I feel even a tad uncomfortable or out of place, and especially not if I’m tired from travelling. The Corinthia, from the moment you first check in, makes on feel like the cherished client they are. Check in was speedy before I was led through the fantastic lobby area, through to the lift and to my room.

The Room

Corinthia London 2

The room, a deluxe junior suite, was quite understandably large for a hotel room in London. I have an aversion for strictly business hotels where the rooms feel nothing like home, but the Corinthia London hits its stride right in the middle, making it feel both homely and also business-like. The crowning glory, however, is the bathroom, which like every other room in the establishment features an Italian marble bath. Other features in the deluxe junior suite include a tropical shower and ESPA toiletries.

The Restaurants

Corinthia London

The hotel’s main dining areas are The Northall and Massimo Restaurant and Oyster Bar. I reviewed The Northall in detail last year, so this time around, it was the Massimo Restaurant that was the focal point of my attentions. The Mediterranean seafood restaurant boasts an exquisite a la carte menu created around sustainable sourcing, together with a world-class array of wines and delightful home-made pastas. The food here was not as high spec as at the Northall a few meters away, but the service was every bit as warm and attentive. This seemed to be a common thread throughout the hotel.

The Spa

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The Espa Life at Corinthia really deserves an entire stand-alone post of its own. It is quite possibly the best hotel spa I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. Voted Best UK Hotel Spa in the 2012 Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Award, it is spread over FOUR floors — over an area o f3,300 square metres, , which just made me regret staying at the hotel for only a night. A second day and night would have allowed me to thoroughly explore this spa.

I did however, test-drive their Ayurvedic Inspired Ritual, a full-body treatment which combines therapy approaches from the ancient Indian practice of Ayurveda with modern ESPA products. The treatment, as in most good spas, is just a guideline. Mine was tailored to suit my stressed out city skin and adapted to suit my hair, before I was adviced on what products to use. I was told to be a bit more diligent with my intake of water because my skin was thoroughly dehydrated, before being sent on my way to enjoy some of the spa’s other offerings, which are a private spa suite, 17 treatment pods, a beautiful Spa Lounge for food and drink that’s as healthy as it is delicious as well as the hotel’s sommelier’s pick of fine wine and champagne, a nail studio, Daniel Galvin hair studio, a stunning stainless steel pool sunk into highly polished black marble, a gym and an amphitheatre sauna.
room

Verdict: The search is over, I finally have a favourite hotel in London as well.

The Corinthia Hotel, London, Whitehall Place, London SW1 (020 7930 8181; www.corinthia.com). Doubles from £419

Comments

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