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ME London

ME London

ME London

ME London

ME London

ME London

ME London

ME London

ME London

Address 336-337 The Strand; London WC2R 1HA
by Aldwych and Lancaster Place
Neighbourhood Covent Garden | See on map
Tube Temple [Circle, District], Covent Garden [Piccadilly], Charing Cross [Bakerloo, Northern]
Telephone +44 20 7395 3400
Website http://www.melia.com/hotels/united-kingdom/london/me-london/
https://www.facebook.com/ME.London.Hotel
Price From GBP 256 (join mas Rewards programme for discounts)

The Spanish Sol Meliá group has been positioning its ME hotels as contenders in the luxury boutique segment for a while. Offering world class design and a range of in-house destination bars and restaurants from a prime location, ME London is the real thing.

Contemporary and luxurious, sleek and swank without being gaudy, the 157-room hotel has been designed in its entirety by Foster + Partners. Built from scratch as an extension to the historic Marconi Building, the former BBC headquarters now turned into ritzy serviced apartments, it sits imposingly on the Aldwych crescent next to Covent Garden.

Rooms are on the small side for the price paid – the 360 degree panoramic views from the glass cupola might compensate if you’re in the Suite ME showcase duplex – but tastefully decorated, suitably plush and well-equipped, with lots of modern gadgetry and superbly comfortable feather beds. High grade sound proofing keep things remarkably quiet; opt for one of the Energy rooms, all featuring balconies, if you want more big city bustle.

Wellness facilities are also limited: there’s no spa (in-room treatments are offered instead) and the 24-hour fitness room is small. On the other hand, there are plenty of options for you to pack on the pounds, courtesy of The ONE Group, the turnkey hospitality company that also runs the trendier-than-thou food & bevs establishments at the Gansevoort Park Avenue and The Perry South Beach.

The first UK outlets of New York’s excellent STK steak house and sceney Italian restaurant Asellina, and the lush, all-day Marconi Lounge would be plenty impressive, yet it’s all crowned by the 10th floor Radio Rooftop Bar & Restaurant and its killer views of the London skyline. For something similar to but less flashy than the W on Leicester Square: if you can do without your Starwood points, then take a closer look at the ME.