Hotel of the week: The Corinthia Hotel London
One of London’s most opulent hotels, The Corinthia Hotel London provides 5-star luxury at ever turn. Conveniently located, the River Thames is a stones throw away and close to all the major tourist hotspots from the National Gallery to Downing Street and Big Ben.
The setting of the hotel is truly beautiful, combining traditional Victorian grandeur (formerly it was the Hôtel Métropole which opened in 1885) with a contemporary update for the modern traveller.
The Corinthia is a collection of hotels founded by the Pisani family of Malta in 1962. Known for providing a warm welcome and the very best service, they want you to feel like you’re coming back home, and they certainly do that.
The hotel consists of 294 beautifully designed rooms and 47 exquisite suites that have a contemporary yet homely feel and have luxury touches such as heated floors, sumptuous Hypnos beds and Italian marble bathrooms.
Room Focus: Royal Penthouse
Spread over two floors that are connected by a private internal lift, The Royal Penthouse that spans 4245 ft includes an imposing entrance hall, a huge living space, a study, an oval 10-seat dining room and a curated art collection. What’s more it features its own grand staircase that continues to two bedrooms with king-size beds and bathrooms of honey onyx and Skyros marble.
Connecting doors open-up the option of two further bedrooms. From the private spa suite and hidden den to the butler’s kitchen and walk-in wine cellar, the suite’s design offers that lavish opulence you would expect of the Corinthia.
What’s more this penthouse offers breathtaking 180º panoramic view of London, with a terrace (680 ft2) and balcony (75 ft2) and features a gas fire pit for cosy evenings on the terrace.
Dining is something that is very close to the heart of Corinthia’s founder, Alfred Pisani and it comes to no surprise that their two fine dining restaurants offer the very best in their fields: Massimo Restaurant & Bar (Italian) or The Northall Restaurant (British).
Restaurant Focus: Massimo Restaurant & Bar
For an authentic taste of Italy the Massimo Restaurant & Bar is a must-try. Headed up by Andrea Cirino, he joined the team two years ago. Citing inspiration from his grandfather (a passionate pastry chef in Napoli during the 1970s) Cirino combines his heritage with Southern Italian training. As a result, at Massimo, you will find the very best Italian food in the city with unparalleled service.
The menu showcases the very best Mediterranean food, all of which are seasonal dishes and use the finest ingredients. The variety includes meat, fish and classic pasta to suit all taste buds. Favourite main courses include the Bucatini Trafilati al Bronzo “Cacio e Pepe” (Thick Hollow Pasta with Cheese and Black Pepper) and Trofie con Cozze, Cannellini e Pecorino (Twisted Pasta with Mussels, Cannellini Beans and Pecorino Cheese) – these have to be tasted. For desert, the classic air-light Tiramisù al Caffè is a perfect ending, or for all those chocolate that want even more of a chocolate hit, try the Degustazione di Cioccolato (The Five Senses of Chocolate) which includes decadent chocolate done 5 ways. If undecided, the knowledgeable and very attentive staff are on hand to advise on dishes and the most suited wines.
Open daily except Sundays
Lunch 12:00 to 15:00
Dinner 17:30 to 23:00
Based at the Corinthia you will find the ESPA flagship spa, spread over four floors it features 17 treatment rooms, a private spa suite, nail studio, indoor swimming pool, vitality pool, amphitheatre sauna, ice fountain, marble heated loungers and private sleep pods.
Proud to be known as “the next generation of spa” here you will find a 360 approach to wellbeing, utilizing the world’s top experts as well as a range of fitness, beauty treatments and a Daniel Galvin Hair Salon.
What’s more, a variety of alternative therapies are available, including traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncturists and herbalists and osteopaths who expertly tailor Lifestyle Programmes to promote optimal health and wellbeing.
The traditional Chinese massage which combines authentic massage techniques with cupping and acupuncture is a must-try, especially effective for all those wanting to combatting stress. James Mutkin, their expert Chinese practitioner, uses this traditional Eastern holistic care system (it has been practiced for over two thousand years) to restore the body’s natural equilibrium and energy flow.
Acupuncture initial consultation & first treatment (90 minutes) – £225
Further sessions (60 minutes) – £150
Acupuncture rejuventation facial (120 minutes) – £300
A Course of 5 Treatments (120 minutes each) – £1250
Spa & Gym:
Monday – Friday: 6:30 – 22:00
Saturday & Sunday: 7:30 – 22:00
Daniel Galvin Hair Salon:
Monday – Tuesday: 9:00 – 18:00
Wednesday – Saturday: 8:00 – 20:00
The Corinthia Hotel London is an excellent example of brilliant service, from check-in to check-out. And, as Mr Pisani set out to do, the hotel offers a warm, welcoming environment in a glamorous setting that will see you return time and time again.
Address: Corinthia Hotel London, Whitehall Place, London, SW1A 2BD
Telephone Number: +44 (0) 20 7930 8181
Hotel Email: email@example.com
Spa Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gym: Yes, 24-hour access
Child-friendly: Children welcome
Check In: 3pm
Check Out: Noon
Pets: Not permitted
Internet: Complimentary high speed Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel
Spa: +44(0) 207 321 3050
To book: corinthia.com