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Corinthia Hotel London

Corinthia Hotel London

Corinthia Hotel London

Corinthia Hotel London

Corinthia Hotel London

Corinthia Hotel London

Corinthia Hotel London

Corinthia Hotel London

Corinthia Hotel London

Corinthia Hotel London

Address Whitehall Place; London SW1A 2BD
by Northumberland Avenue
Neighbourhood Westminster | See on map
Tube Embankment [Bakerloo, Circle, District, Northern]
Telephone +44 20 7930 8181
Website http://www.corinthia.com/en/London/
Price From £269

With the 2012 Olympics just around the corner, London has been readying itself for the inevitable influx of visitors by launching a steady stream of new hotels, from bitty boutiques in the outskirts to huge city centre houses of luxury, of which this has been one of the most highly anticipated.

Having been restored from Victorian original ‘The Metropole’ using Libyan money – a politically troublesome connection that nearly derailed its opening – The Corinthia was opened under the banner of ‘The 21st Century Grand Hotel’, a hop and skip away from Trafalgar Square.

The five-star property contains almost 300 rooms (a few even have turrets) with Italian marble bathrooms, inbuilt tub TVs, and refrigerated private bars. Then, of course, there’s the biggest spa in London: a 23,000 square foot ESPA centre with 15 treatment rooms, a pool, a Daniel Galvin salon (the master hairdresser’s second in the capital) and a cafe.

Those looking for more formal dining need go no further than Massimo Riccioli’s Massimo Oyster Bar & Restaurant designed by David Collins, who has also been called in to design the Bassoon Bar. The piano lounge bar serves molecular cocktails and takes inspiration from Britain’s colonial past – which should probably go down well with visiting dignitaries come 2012.