The Corinthia Hotel London is a luxurious safe-haven in the busy center of London. As you walk through the door you leave all the noise and stress from the United Kingdom’s capital behind and can indulges yourself in a feast for the senses through food, drinks and spa treatments.
The Corinthia Hotel London is located pretty much as central as it gets. Leave the hotel and within minutes you can reach Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery, the Thames, 10 Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, the Big Ben, the London Eye, Covent Garden, St James’s Park, Buckingham Palace and a dozen other iconic London sights by foot.
The grand Victorian building that is home to the Corinthia hotel dates back to 1885 and was originally home to the Metropole Hotel. Due to its central location it was commandeered in both world wars and after the second world war became property of the Ministry of Defence. In 2007 it was sold and transformed to the Corinthia Hotel London. It reopened after extensive renovations in 2011.
Rooms & Suites
The Corinthia London hotel features 294 rooms, suites and penthouses ranging from 32 to 465 square meters in size. The rooms are classic luxury with some modern touches, a lot of wood and thick carpets.
We stayed in a 45m2 Executive King room overlooking Whitehall Place and Whitehall Court. The executive king rooms come with a separate walk-in dressing room and spacious marble bathroom with separate shower and bathtub. There is a tv built in to the wall with a waterproof remote so you can watch tv in bath. The bedroom is well equipped and there is a light switch and power socket next to the bed. The only remark is that the air-conditioning that was a little loud.
Worth mentioning are the hotel’s seven penthouse suites, among the largest in London and all with their own unique identity. We had a look at the two-storey Hamilton Penthouse. Measuring over 200m2 it comes with a living and dining room, marble staircase, walk-in wardrobe, master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and best of all a roof terrace with jacuzzi overlooking Scotland Yard, St James Park and Nelson’s Column at Trafalgar Square. The roof terrace is the perfect place for a romantic dinner and the suite a great place to spend time while in London.
Restaurants & Bars
The hotel has two dedicated restaurants: The Northall where British dishes are served and Massimo where fine dining Italian food is served. Both have their own identity and include a dedicated bar where you can enjoy apperitivo or after dinner drinks. We tried – and recommend – Northall for lunch and Massimo for dinner and in both cases the service as well as the food was outstanding.
In addition to the two restaurants you can enjoy drinks, snacks or typical afternoon tea in the lobby lounge underneath the amazing baccarat chandelier. The Garden Lounge is a small outdoor space offering light all day dining, drinks and cigars with a bespoke humidor and terrarium style bar.
Finally there is Bassoon, a hotel bar of which we hoped we would find more around the world. With live music, intimate atmosphere, personal service and an excellent drink selection.
The Espa Spa
The Spa at the Corinthia London is spread out over no less than 4 floors and features 17 treatment rooms, a private spa suite, hair salon, nail studio, gym and a ‘thermal floor’. This thermal floor hosts two different pools including a vitality pool with various jets and water falls. It also hosts a steam room, sauna, ice fountain, heated marble loungers and private sleep pods.
We spent a good time on the thermal floor and the black marble with fire places and waterfalls make it unique. Here and there the maintenance could be a bit better (broken shower) but overall it is a relaxing and impressive place to be. The treatments range from traditional massages to detox and cellular hydration treatments.
The Corinthia London Hotel is blessed with a great central location and beautiful historical building. The rooms are spacious and luxurious and the penthouses are absolutely unique. With the Northall and Massimo restaurants there are two excellent dining options in-house and together with the Massoon bar and lobby lounge there is always a lively place to sit down, relax and have a drink. The service is excellent and the staff always happy to help. The Spa is great although you can see some wear and tear on the thermal floor.