Checking In: Corinthia Hotel
London • UK
Grand & Historic & all dressed up for the holidays
Modern and Lush
Spa, Impeccable Service
After a quick flight in for a short 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.
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. As is the norm in London (and especially in winter), there was a spot of rain which just made the Corinthia look straight out an impressionist painting.
Down the street and I was in the heart of Trafalgar Square where Christmas was in full swing with Christmas trees being guarded by those famous lions
London was at my doorstep with this central location and Charing Cross Station to take me farther.
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.
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.
In the Area
London is at your doorstep. I enjoyed some of the traditional London sights and seeing the London streets decorated for the holidays.
A stay at the Corinthia London, is an opulent treat any day due the luxurious service. However, a stay over the holidays was Christmas magic come to life.
The hotel is in the perfect location, an elegant atmosphere, and the special touches of Christmas.
Thank you to Corinthia London for hosting me on this trip. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
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