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The Corinthia Tops The Hotel Charts

The Corinthia Hotel is shamelessly opulent and luxurious in every way possible – from the striking chandeliers and intriguing art works covering the walls to the Daniel Galvin salon and four storey, yes four storey ESPA spa complete with thermal floor and relaxing sleeping pods. The eclectic range of restaurants are alluring and the 1920’s themed Bassoon Piano Bar is achingly cool with a seriously sassy attitude so plant yourself on a bar stool and let the evening waste away with a smooth gin cocktail in hand. 

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The doorman rushes to open the door for you, swiftly lifting your bags from your hands and leading you inside to the lobby. You’re encapsulated in a large, marble atrium with spectacular chandelier and large displays of pink hydrangeas where guests are nibbling on delicate petit fours and clinking champagne glasses in celebration. Check-in is brief and before you know it, keys are exchanged and you’re being escorted to the lifts.

The public area’s are palatial, yet neutral and classical in colour with a palette of nudes, pinks and greys. The Northall restaurant is an exception with it’s orange leather armchairs and high-backed sofa’s that give the otherwise bare dining room an injection of personality.  We dine in The Northall restaurant for lunch and order squid tagliatelle and poached fillet of cod from the seasonal menu. The menu is varied, with steak and lobster from the Josper Grill, shellfish, oysters and much much more. Service is impeccable and we both applaud our French waiter for the swift arrival of our food. The dishes are delicious, but the best is yet to come. The strawberry & matcha sponge cake with strawberry and white chocolate sorbet is a soaring highlight with it’s light texture and zesty flavours.

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(Images of Deluxe Junior Suite)

Upstairs, the bedrooms are equally elegant decked in soothing neutral and olive tones featuring a huge king size bed, armchair, desk, marble bathroom and walk-in dressing room (which came in handy for our bountiful array of outfits). A small balcony leads off the bedroom and overlooks the courtyard below with an al-fresco restaurant and guests buzzing over the bar. The room is equipped with everything you could need and if something’s missing, in a few moments a smiling employee will appear at the door with it.

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The Corinthia Hotel is home to the flagship ESPA spa – an enormous four storey underground complex with sauna and steam rooms, ice fountain pool, vitality pool, experience showers and marble heated lounge chairs and relaxation area. There’s a wealth of pampering treatments that leave you departing the hotel feeling a million dollars, such as the signature advanced skin radiance facial that brightens and smooths your skin, revealing a youthful complexion. For a more indulgent treat, why not try the personalised massage? It’s 60 minutes of pure pleasure and extravagance. Our therapist worked miracles on our aches and pains and we exited the spa with loose, relaxed muscles. To compliment your day of wellness and relaxation, there’s also an ESPA spa café serving light, nutritious snacks and refreshments.

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Further to our delight, The Corinthia hotel is home to an outstanding Daniel Galvin hair salon. The team here are brilliant, boasting world-renowned colourists and stylists making the salon the perfect place to prepare your hair pre-red carpet, or for every day styling. Our experience was second to none with a wonderfully knowledgeable stylist taming our unruly tresses for the evening ahead. Bouncy curls were her brief and the stylist by far outdid what we imagined – the volumous, bouncy curls lasted all evening without fail. The latest addition to the Daniel Galvin salon is the Ultimate Makeover Room; designed to be bespoke and exclusive, the ultimate makeover room will have expert colourists and stylists available 24 hours a day and rates for the room will begin at £150 for an hour. With a separate and discreet private entrance directly off the main hotel corridor, the ultimate makeover room is ideal for celebrities and famous faces of the world. I wonder if we can blag a session in there….

Breakfast at The Corinthia is a lavish affair to be enjoyed be all. Served in the high-ceilinged Northall restaurant, there is a choice between the extensive breakfast buffet showcasing French cheese, Italian meats, cereals, fruit and pastries or alternatively a choice from the á la carte menu. There is also the option of the Asian buffet which features a ginormous tower of dim sum, noodles and rice. It’s fair to say there is something for everyone at The Corinthia.

For reservations ring (+44) 20 7930 8181 or email reservations.london@corinthia.com

Corinthia London

Whitehall Place

London, SW1A 2BD