It’s all systems go as our snazzy new rooms booking engine – courtesy of Design Hotels – is now up and running for reservations starting 3 September. We’ve got some tempting opening rates from £290 during the week, with weekend rates starting from £200.
“So what do I get?” we hear you ask? Well, we have four categories of room: Dominion (Kings), South Place (Super Kings), Studio and a stunning 120 sq. m Suite, which we can combine with two adjacent Kings to create a three-bedroom apartment.
Here’s a sneaky preview of a South Place room, which forms the bulk of our inventory. Check out the Josephine Home cotton bedlinen, hitherto unseen (or unslept in) outside of the beds on yachts belonging to Russian oligarchs and the like; whilst the mattresses are wrapped in super-soft cashmere and silver (yes, silver). Above the bed, each room has an individually selected artwork by a London-based artist – the one shown here is by a chap called Dan Hillier, who’s represented by our friends at Hoxton Art Gallery. At the side of the bed there’s a handy cluster of switches that allow you to adjust your lighting levels, control the blackout blinds or make use of the handy, LED reading light.
Work and Play
Lots of natural daylight, a custom-made oak desk and Eero Saarinen’s classic 1957 Executive Chair make working from your room a doddle: there’s complimentary wi-fi as well as a media hub in the desk that allows more secure connection online. You can also hook up media and AV devices through the hub to the 40-inch Bang & Olufsen Beovision TV that hangs on the wall above, and which you can angle to view from anywhere in the room. So when you have sent that final email or you’ve tired of surfing the net, you can pick from more than 40 television channels or watch our library or complimentary, on-demand movies – from the latest blockbusters to cult classics.
Peeping up behind the end of the desk is another design classic: Geoffrey Harcourt’s F585 armchair, which Bruce, the hotel’s General Manager, confidently declared “the most comfortable chair in the world,” when he tried one out. Ours have been upholstered in a bespoke livery of black-and-white fabrics (different patterns on the different floors). Our resident art-lover says the op-art fabrics are a nice nod to the chair’s 1960s provenance, don’t you know…
Rub a Dub Dub
There’s easily room for two (and maybe three!) in the bathtub or under the power shower, and there’s a special setting to dim the lights and up the romance. Last but not least, the bathrooms are tiled throughout in Italian marble. There are power showers, and a special setting to dim the lights and up the romance. Bathroom amenities are care of Paris-based British perfumer, James Heeley, whose St Clement’s scent draws on citrus notes and recalls the famous nursery rhyme.
Some of the studio rooms have feature bathrooms, whilst Suite 610 has a glass bathtub in the window that will be a magnet for exhibitionists – but enough about that for now!
We’ll have more to show as we get nearer to our official opening on 3 September: carry on spying!
Photography by Guy Montagu Pollock / Arcaid.