Address: Whitehall Place, London
Tel: 44.20 7930 8181 (UK)
Opening date: May 2011
Rates: From £295
Business amenities: The mezzanine level features six private meeting rooms linked to a dining area, ideal for private lunches. Five are fitted with a high-definition optical turn-key system allowing total connectivity for media broadcasting, recording, editing and mixing. Seating up to 250 people, the ground floor Ballroom and Courtroom are perfect for larger events.
Rooms: The 294 rooms, including 43 suites, have an average size of 45 sq m and come with Loewe LED TV, Nespresso machine, private bar and Italian-marble bathroom. There are no restrictions on check-in and check-out times.
Leisure: A gym and an eye-catching Espa spa, featuring private sleep pods, a vitality pool and heated lounges, as well as Harrods' first hotel boutique.
Restaurants: Michelin-starred chef Garry Hollihead supervises the Northall, a restaurant serving traditional British food (potted shrimps, grilled sirloin, treacle tart), while Massimo Riccioli is in charge of the Mediterranean seafood restaurant and oyster bar, designed by David Collins. The Bassoon cocktail bar, also by Collins, hosts piano concerts.
This London property is the ninth of the Corinthia Hotels, a group belonging to the Malta-based Pisani family. Located in a Victorian building in Whitehall Place, the flagship hotel boasts grand interiors, predominately by GA Design. A stunning chandelier by Parisian designer Chafik Gasmi hangs in the spacious lobby, and most of the hotel's artworks have been created by British names such as Ian and Richard Abell of Based Upon, who have sculpted a map of London for the reception desk, alongside various pieces for lifts and doors.