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London - The Metropolitan


The city of London, with its rich traditions and contemporary panache, has held its post as one of the world’s great cosmopolitan cities for centuries, but until more recently the city’s architecture, esteemed as it was for its traditions, was stylistically one-dimensional. The city’s great sights, particularly those in the Westminster District of the city’s West End, were impressively uniform. The nerve center for London’s law making and administrative processes, its architecture was equally conservative. The parliament towers, the beautiful Westminster Abbey, rebuilt by Henry III in 1245, and the neoclassical façade of Buckingham Palace mark a variety of architectural eras, none of which proved to be very experimental. Today, the building patterns are not so predictable. With Old Park Lane, Hyde Park, Berkeley Square and the Knightsbridge shopping district spearheading the city’s new-culture renaissance, beautiful contemporary boutique hotels are springing up on the district’s high-rent blocks. One such gem is the Metropolitan Hotel, located on Old Park Lane next to the Four Seasons. Steps to Hyde Park, to the great theatre district, and home to some of the city’s great restaurants, the opulence of the past meets the classy lines of modernity at the Metropolitan, a new icon on the old block.

132 guestrooms and 18 suites, including a penthouse, here look out on either the Mayfair skyline or Hyde Park. Minimalist designs highlighted by sharp lines, simple fabrics, and luxurious textiles make each room a stylish and relaxing refuge from the fast pace of London. For the traveler who needs to stay connected, The Metropolitan’s in-room facilities are unparalleled: two phone lines, in-room fax, complimentary DVD and video game service on request, and an extensive CD library turns your room into your own private London loft. With plush bathrobes, and a newspaper and magazine service that lets you choose your in-room reading material, a unique and satisfying standard has been set. Pear wood is featured prominently in the oversized bathrooms, along with Shambhala bath products and amenities. Guests may order room service for breakfast, or even order it to go if the sun is shining and the city sights await. With twice daily maid service, evening turndown, and in-hotel dry cleaning, laundry, and shoe shine service, there is no end to which the staff at the Metropolitan will not go to make your stay a memorable one.

And it, in fact, can be that way without ever setting foot outside the hotel. For all the wonderful cuisine that has come to London in the last generation, few restaurants rival the Met’s NOBU Restaurant And Sushi Bar for superb Japanese cuisine and stargazing. Opened by legendary Japanese chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, who started the first NOBU in New York, London’s most famous faces can often be seen enjoying his world-class new Japanese creations. With a dining room overlooking Hyde Park that seats 150, the city’s most recognizable faces can often be seen. With reservations preference given to hotel guests, a night at this high-demand, world-renowned restaurant is a must for guests of the Metropolitan.

Privileged access to the Metropolitan’s great restaurant and bar is alone reason enough to stay here. One of the hippest martini lounges in town, the Met Bar is a celebrity hot spot, open only to hotel guests (who access the bar with their room key) and exclusive members. This cult classic, a favourite among the city’s elite, is truly one of the world’s great hotel bars: the martini list is extensive, the interior design new-wave, and the menu features health-conscious sandwiches, salads, and juices for lunch. Relaxed, chic, and elegant, the chance is good that a famous face will be seated at one of the adjacent tables or booths, making an evening at The Met more than just a great venue for gathering with old friends. 

In step with the Metropolitan’s sister resort Parrot Cay, in the Caribbean, the Shambhala health club at The Metropolitan offers a range of massages, therapy treatments and yoga classes inspired by the original resort’s health club. This holistic heaven focuses its treatment on the realignment of the body’s energies, and by shiatsu, reflexology, or aromatherapy, that goal is easily achieved. Step away from the chaos and bustle of the swinging capital, and melt into an inner harmony that seems far away from downtown London.

As one seeps out of that inner refuge, revitalized, there is a London to be discovered. Located on Old Park Lane next to Hyde Park, the Metropolitan is conveniently located in the heart of London’s west end. Bond Street and Knightsbridge, the core of the fashion district, is just a short walk away, while the club and theatre district is no more than a brief cab ride through the city streets. Enjoying one of the world’s great old cities from its most contemporary hotel landmark seems like a contrast in style and culture, but the Metropolitan washes out the seams of those rifts in time with its impeccable service and style, remembering an old London even if the décor seems too hip to remember it.

Where to Stay

The Metropolitan - - Old Park Lane, London W1K 1LB England
Tel: +44 20 7447 1000 - Fax: +44 20 7447 1100

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