New London Hotels
London is a vibrant city offering a wonderful choice of accommodation for all kinds of visitors including those looking to immerse themselves in London’s rich history as well as those participating in making London one of the world’s major centres of business. Many people already have their own regular stopping points and, with over seventy five-star hotels in operation, there is no shortage of choice in the luxury end of the market. However, London is a city that never stands still with new hotels constantly appearing and these “New Kids on the Block” are certainly worthy of serious consideration. Some of the best newcomers are featured below.
M by Montcalm – Shoreditch
Those looking for old-world charm and period features would be well advised to look elsewhere. Even before entering this building, its angular styling and strangely sloping window lines make many people question whether the builders had somehow managed to get the plans badly folded. It could never be described as a beautiful building but it is certainly distinctive and its cutting edge modernity is obviously intended to reflect the character of this part of London which is now known as Tech City, the home of many web-based industries. Its location on City Road, close to the colloquially named Silicon Roundabout offers excellent transport links with mainline and underground rail services nearby. Montcalm are of course no strangers to the London hotel scene but this hotel is certainly different but in the nicest possible way. Already boasting a five star rating, top standards are assured but the “M” goes the extra mile and even offers luxury spa facilities and gym to make this a veritable oasis of calm within the urban jungle. Foodies can look forward to a very special experience, the restaurant side of the business being entrusted to leading restaurant operator Searcys. In addition to the ground floor restaurant and bar facilities, a second restaurant, under the control of renowned chef Anthony Demetre, is situated on the seventeenth floor promising to take the dining experience to new heights both gastronomically and literally but it is doubtful whether silicon chips will be on the menu!
Nobu Hotel – Shoreditch
Shoreditch is currently a hotbed of hotel building activity and one of the most imaginative buildings ever to be squeezed into a long narrow building site is the new Nobu Hotel Shoreditch London. Nobu Hospitality is currently expanding its worldwide operations and this is the company’s first hotel in Europe. This unique building offers a 156 room hotel along with banqueting and meeting rooms and a state of the art fitness centre. Being operated by world famous sushi chef Nobu Matsuhisa, food is likely to take centre stage and the five story building features a triple height restaurant and bar area.
The Nobu ethos is very much a case of east meets west and this theme can be seen throughout the hotel which the developers describe as being a blend of beauty, drama and instinctive elegance. The hotel rooms feature centrally located bathrooms with several concrete balconies incorporating much use of special printed layered glass. The site even manages to include an intimate landscaped garden area. From the air the hotel’s appearance is even more striking looking not unlike a multi-deck cruise ship seemingly marooned between the adjacent buildings.
InterContinental London – The O2
For visitors to the O2 Arena, hotels do not get any more convenient than this. Built on the Greenwich Peninsula, this new InterContinental hotel even connects to the arena via a covered walkway. This luxury hotel not only offers 453 rooms but also has a beauty spa and a ballroom catering for up to 3,000 guests. In addition to the Arena, excellent transport links are close at hand providing easy access to the West End and London City Airport.
The hotel offers various dining and bar locations including the Clipper Bar which has floor to ceiling windows offering unparalleled views of Canary Wharf and the River Thames. Those really seeking the high life may prefer the Eighteen Sky Bar, appropriately located on the eighteenth floor with stunning views of the London skyscape.
Park Plaza – Park Royal
The Park Plaza – Park Royal is a new four-star hotel in the heart of West London. It is close to the Park Royal Underground Station endowing it with easy access to most parts of London including The West End, shopping centres and major tourist attractions. It is sited adjacent to the Park Royal Business Park and is an excellent choice for residential meetings and conferences. The extensive conferencing facilities include six meeting rooms and state of the art audio-visual equipment. There are 212 guest rooms, restaurant, bar and mini-gym.
Canary Riverside Plaza Hotel
In many ways the Canary Riverside Plaza Hotel epitomises the true spirit of Canary Wharf today. It is a bold new hotel which is the top rated five-star hotel in Canary Wharf. 142 guest rooms are provided over eight floors with excellent dining and bar facilities offering outstanding views across London’s docklands. For the more active, gym facilities are provided along with a swimming pool and outdoor tennis courts.
These are just a handful of some of the latest offerings and there are many more exciting hotel developments on the horizon such as the conversion of the historic Ten Trinity Square and Scotland Yard. London’s position as the world’s most popular city destination shows no signs of decline and new accommodation is being added to the capital’s property portfolio on a daily basis. With such an influx of new luxury accommodation, existing hoteliers have been quick to realise that they can not afford to rest on their laurels and many of the older hotels are also receiving upgrades and improvements. This all bodes well for the future of the hotel industry, London tourism and of course for the hotel customers who are now almost spoilt for choice.