Checking In: Corinthia Hotel
London • UK

Step into a winter fairy tale in London’s five-star hotel at the Corinthia Hotel London.  My Christmas time stay delivered at this 5-star hotel from the Swan Lake inspired holiday decor, location and opulent luxury in this historical classic in London.

Corinthia Hotel London

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Property Highlights

After a quick flight in for a one-night stopover in London, I walked into the Corinthia’s wintery bliss with white Baccarat crystals, swans, sweet treats and holiday decor that glowed in the elegant architecture and furnishings in the Corinthia Lobby. Greeted warmly by the hotel staff, I was shown to my opulent room. While I wanted to snuggle down into the plush bed on the rainy London afternoon, I could not help but spending some time in the Chandelier lobby to warm up with some tea and enjoy the wintery magic.

The Full Moon Baccarat chandelier is a sight to see with 1,001 crystal baubles in three sizes lighting up the central room. Look closely and you will see the signature single red crystal lying at the heart of the glowing crystals.

The Corinthia also features over 250 commissioned artworks by mostly British artists, further enhancing the historical feel of the building.



Property History

Built in 1885, the Corinthia property was the prestigious Hôtel Métropole hosting high society soirees and balls for London’s debutante season.  Taken over by the government in 1936 for its proximity to Whitehall, it was used as the Ministry of Defense offices.  The hotel saw notable figures, including Winston Churchill, memorable historic events and held government records including UFO sightings in Room 801.

In 2008, the property was restored to its original hotel grandeur, and then some, as it was relaunched as the Corinthia Hotel London.  The extensive renovation preserved many of the original features of the grand hotel while adding in state of the art technology for this 5-star hotel.



The Corinthia’s location is the ideal spot for exploring London.

A few minutes walk and I strolled to London Bridge with view of Big Ben and the London Eye.  Down the street and I was in the heart of Trafalgar Square. London was at my doorstep with this central location and Charing Cross Station to take me farther.



This grand hotel offers 294 guest rooms including 40 luxury suites and seven penthouses.

The Royal Suite, the largest two-bedroom suite in London, offers sweeping views of the the Thames, the London Eye, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall.

My guest room was quite large for London at 45 square meters with a luxurious bed, dressing room, Italian marble bathroom and fresh hydrangea flowers to welcome me.  After a cold rainy night in London, it was quite a treat to come back to a bath with bath salts and a movie to watch in this deep tub.


Restaurants & Bars

Corinthia offers superb dining selections for breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea.  The cuisine ranges from Italian at Massimo Restaurant & Bar, British cuisine at The Northall Restaurant, and cocktails at Bassoon.

My stay was a quick one and I only had the chance to enjoy the extensive breakfast spread with so many choices from yogurts, nuts, cheeses, eggs, bacon and British favorites.  My choice was brioche with an avocado spread, fried eggs and bacon to fill me up before a flight back the USA.


Overall Impression

Corinthia – the perfect location, an elegant atmosphere, and the special touches of Christmas.

BlueSkyTraveler was welcomed as a guest of the Corinthia Hotel London, however all opinions are my own.

Hotel Information
  • Hotel: Corinthia Hotel London
  • Location: Whitehall Pl • London SW1A 2BD • United Kingdom
  • Accommodation: Luxury
  • Brand: Corinthia

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