When it comes to interior design, hotels can be an inspiration. Ahead of the curve with the latest looks, they can help you picture how a new concept will work for you and your home. So, if you are rethinking your living space, here are a few places across London that you might want to visit before you start your next renovation project.
1. Rosewood London (www.rosewoodhotels.com)
Occupying the original headquarters of the Pearl Assurance Company, Rosewood opened in 2013 following an £85 million renovation. Close to
Covent Garden, this award-winning hotel has 262 rooms and 44 suites, all presented with a nod towards the Belle Époque.
2. Dorset Square Hotel (www.firmdalehotels.com)
This Regency townhouse has 38 individually designed rooms, many of which overlook the Marylebone square, where Thomas Lord sited his first cricket ground. Designed by Kit Kemp, the hotel is decorated in period colours, such as ointment pink, heritage green and burnt sienna.
3. Artist Residence London (www.artistresidencelondon.co.uk)
Tucked away in a quiet Pimlico side street, Artist Residence London is a hip,
10-bedroom boutique hotel housed within a former pub. Individually designed rooms feature an eclectic mix of vintage and industrial furnishings, with an added touch of luxury.
4. Hazlitt’s (www.hazlittshotel.com)
This 30-bedroom hotel is set within a glamorous, four-storey townhouse in Soho. The building dates back to 1718 and has beautiful Georgian-bay windows. Rooms are furnished with four-poster beds, antiques and period paintings, while bathrooms offer elegant claw-footed baths.
5. The Langham, London (www.langhamhotels.com)
Following an extensive transformation, this Regent Street hotel is offering
ever-more glamorous guestrooms and suites. Classically styled, the Infinity Suite now has a new colour palette, with fabrics by Bernhardt, lamps by William Yeoward, furniture by Koket and carpets by Britons.
6. Sheraton Grand London Park Lane (www.starwoodhotels.com)
Established within a stunning art deco building, the opulence of the roaring 20s is mirrored in the hotel’s sophisticated styling and elegant furnishings. If this is your preferred period, then pop along to the Sheraton to see how it’s done.
7. COMO The Halkin (www.comohotels.com)
A luxury, light-filled hotel in leafy Belgravia, COMO The Halkin brings a relaxed and elegant style to its 41 contemporary rooms and suites. The property is widely regarded by regular visitors as a ‘home away from home’.
8. Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park (www.mandarinoriental.com)
This prestigious hotel has recently undergone a multimillion-pound restoration. Its 181 rooms are more stylish and luxurious than ever, with art deco details inspired by the building’s Edwardian heritage. The lobby and reception areas have also been cleverly reconfigured to maximise daylight.
9. The Zetter Townhouse (www.thezettertownhouse.com)
This 24-bedroom Georgian townhouse enjoys an enviable location in fashionable Marylebone. Feeling more like a private home than a conventional hotel, the interior is filled with antique furniture and design classics, including Gainsborough fabrics, Witney Horse blankets and bespoke Ulster carpets.
10. Durrants (www.durrantshotel.co.uk)
Privately owned by one family for almost 100 years, there is something reassuringly old fashioned about this Marylebone hotel. With an ambience akin to that of a traditional country house, Durrants is tastefully dressed with antiques and period artworks. They’re all coming back …
11. The Boundary Project (www.boundary.london)
Housed within a converted Victorian warehouse in Shoreditch, the Boundary is a boutique hotel with 17 individually designed rooms, three restaurants, two bars and a grocery. Each room has been inspired by a different designer or movement and furnished accordingly.
12. St Pancras Renaissance (www.stpancrasrenaissance.co.uk)
Located next to St Pancras International Station, St Pancras Renaissance Hotel represents a beacon of architectural beauty in the regenerated King’s Cross area. The iconic building exemplifies Victorian Gothic grandeur at its most lavish, while its rooms offer the epitome of contemporary luxury.
13. Chiltern Firehouse (www.chiternfirehouse.com)
Located in the heart of Marylebone, Chiltern Firehouse was one of London’s first purpose-built fire stations. Carefully converted by André Balazs, this timeless hotel now offers 26 elegant bedrooms and suites, with one of the capital’s most fashionable dining rooms.
14. The Connaught (www.the-connaught.co.uk)
The Connaught is located within one of the most exclusive corners of Mayfair. With 121 magnificent rooms, the hotel maintains an enduring commitment to both traditional and contemporary design, with an overwhelming focus on the needs of the 21st century guest.
15. The London Edition (www.editionhotels.com)
Set behind a Georgian façade in Fitzrovia, The London Edition is the brainchild of Ian Schrager – the man behind the Sanderson and St. Martins Lane. Inspired by traditional country houses and private members’ clubs, the hotel maintains an edgy, urban feel.
16. W London Leicester Square (www.WLondon.co.uk)
Sophisticated and quirky, glamorous and decadent, W London Leicester Square perhaps crystalises the combined personality of contemporary London. Overlooking the bright lights of Soho, this daring destination hotel has 192 luxury rooms, each featuring custom-made furnishings and cutting-edge technology.
17. High Road House (www.highroadhouse.co.uk)
High Road House is a hotel and private members' club set within a smart Georgian townhouse in Chiswick. Part of the Soho House Group, it has 14 rooms, with light, bright interiors, and is home to a notable collection of contemporary British art.
18. Vancouver Studios (www.vancouverstudios.co.uk)
Don’t be fooled by the name, this charming Bayswater property is unmitigatedly English. Combining the convenience of a hotel with the privacy of an apartment, Vancouver Studios is awash with antiques and quirky artefacts, prudently preserved from bygone eras.
19. The Landmark London (www.landmarklondon.co.uk)
This magnificent Marylebone hotel represents a haven of peace and serenity in the heart of the capital. You may not have space for an atrium – or room for a palm tree – but The Landmark’s sense of decorum can certainly inspire.
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