Fit For Royalty

09 Aug 2014
3 min read
From grand pianos inside the classics to sprawling spaces with art deco touches, London is a hotbed of luxury hotels with impeccable penthouses and suites. Here’s our favourite FOUR from FOUR’s International Travel Supplement…


Each and every last detail is thoughtfully considered within the Corinthia’s Royal Penthouse. And the beauty of these new, luxury hotelsopening in old buildings is that guests benefit from the best of both worlds.

Set over two floors, the Corinthia’s penthouse offers a truly palatial theme. Offering 180 degree views over London and a grand sweepingstaircase, some of the extraordinary features include: a curated art collection, a private spa suite, a private lift, a butler’s kitchen and walk-inwine cellar, a dining room seating 10 guests, bespoke furniture, including a cocktail cabinet, private study with a fireplace, a freestanding two metreApaiser stone bath and a large walk-in shower and a guest bedroom with en-suite bathroom and a walk-in wardrobe. And at 465 sqm,The Royal Suite is quite literally larger than most Londoners’ own home.

Make sure to reserve some time in the hotel’s ESPA Life at Corinthia spa. It’s one of the best in London, dominating an impressive 3,300sqm, a Daniel Galvin hair salon, relaxation pods, an amphitheatre sauna, hammam, steam room and ice fountain, plus a decadent nine-metresilver steel swimming pool.


When rumour had it that Robert Downey Jr refused to stay in a luxury apartment in central London while filming Sherlock Holmes a few yearsback because the property could not accommodate his request for a grand piano, perhaps he should have called Claridge’s?

Slip on your silk robe and sit back with your complimentary chilled bottle of rosé champagne that lies waiting, for this suite has a real palatialpresence fit for a Prince. Recently refurbished, this two-bed suite features magnifi cent double doors, which lead to the dining room.

Some of the luxury amenities and services include a personal butler service, a Nespresso machine, use of an S-Class Mercedes from LondonHeathrow, complimentary Wi-Fi and local phone calls, freshly cut McQueens flowers, seasonal fruit and Signature Claridge’s chocolates andBamford organic toiletries. The grand piano, formerly owned by Richard D’Oyly Carte, is the final beautiful touch to the 223 sqm Royal Suite.

The hotel’s central Mayfair location is also ideal to tap into the best of the city’s restaurants, including the soon-to-open Simon Rogan atClaridge’s on site, Maze in Berkeley Square and Claude Bosi’s Hibiscus restaurant just a short walk away on Maddox Street.

Café Royal’s Historic Suites

Originally opened in 1863, this historic landmark hotel in Regent Street was reborn in 2012. And boy, is it a showstopper! It’s not just about thegrandeur of the building either, as the Café Royal’s Historic Suites prove to be among the most glamorous, spacious and well-tailored penthouses inthe city. The six historic suites each contain a mix of original features, including the maple fireplace in the Marquis Suite, the red and gold gildings -anod to Café Royal’s French heritage -in the Club Suite and the original pier mirrors supported by ornate gilded griffins in the Empire Suite, which, at212 sqm, is the largest of the hotel’s suites.

Special facilities offered to guests include use of a personal butler, chauffeur-driven airport transfers, a complimentary spa treatment, awelcome bottle of chilled champagne in the room, a Nespresso coffee machine, gorgeous Floris products, luxurious Frette linen, Bang & Olufsenentertainment system and complimentary Wi-Fi.

London EDITION’s Penthouse

A fine example of restored Georgian architecture meets all-out glamour. When the London EDITION opened in September 2013, it was the toast ofthe capital’s fashion pack, not to mention the location of one of our favourite new restaurant’s, Berners Tavern. This hotel is sexy, cool and very NewYork -but would you expect anything less from the lovechild of hotelier Ian Schrager and chef-restaurateur Jason Atherton? Its 195 sqm penthousehas a playful ‘70s vibe, with a separate living and dining area, walk-in wardrobe, pantry and three outdoor terraces. The space feels fresh andenergised with a warm palette of wheat, cream, soft olive green and muted pink -perfectly complimenting the walnut walls. Don’t miss the HendrikKersten photography adorning the wall. Wi-Fi included.

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