Hotel Vicinity:The Metropolitan Hotel London first opened in February 1997. Under the shadow of the Hilton Park Lane the hotel enjoys the same benefits from this location at the Hyde Park Corner end of Park Lane. Right opposite the hotel is the wonderful Hyde Park. Here there is so much to do and see with and less landscaped gardens and statues throughout along with several snacks bars and restaurants, a lake with boating and the Serpentine gallery. The Park itself joins seamlessly with Kensington Park Gardens where at its far end is the Dianna memorial fountain and Kensington palace, where Diana Princess of Wales lived. Just the other side of Hyde Park Corner you have the start of the grounds of Buckingham Palace (the palace itself is less than half a mile ) bordered by Green park while to the West is the start of Knightsbridge. Perhaps synonymous with Harrods department store but a major upmarket shopping area in its own right. The hotel is less than 200 yards from Piccadilly to the south where again there's a good range of shops including Fortnum and Mason and which leads down to Piccadilly Circus (0.7 miles) which is really the heart of tourist London (in the opinion of milesfaster.co.uk ) and the major night-time spots (including what's known as Theatre Land). The Metropolitan hotel of course is on the border of Mayfair and one of the most affluent spots to live in the UK. Its favoured by many large corporations as a site for offices because of the kudos having a Mayfair address brings. 0.7 miles to the north is Marble Arch and Oxford Street while Bond Street and its exclusive fashion and Jewellery shops is less than half a mile to the east. Park Lane is busy main road and Hyde Park Corner one of London's busiest junctions, however there are underpasses' for pedestrians' so this is not a problem. Actually within the centre of The junction is an area for sitting for pedestrians and here are points of interest such as Wellington Arch and some statues such as the memorial to the machine gun corps of the first world war. Opposite the junction is Number One London, Apsley House which was the former home of the Duke of Wellington. All in all an ideal location for a sightseeing holiday with good transport links and easy access to
Hotel in Detail:The Metropolitan Hotel is part of the Como group of hotels and resorts who have a mission statement to bring stylish accommodation that combines both the east and the west to the market. Owned by Christina Ong. The Metropolitan Hotel is a contemporary urban hotel with a chic, hip and minimalist style featuring floor to ceiling windows. The interior is belied by the understated box style exterior. Style and service is what the hotel strives for which is evident from the Emporio Armani uniforms the staff all wear. The choice of stars when they stay in London with guests that include the Beckhams, Rihanna and Bruce Willis.
Of the 150 bedrooms 100 have views over Hyde Park.
Guest rooms have been designed by 'Keith Hobbs' and feature pear-wood panelling and suede upholstery along with antique Asian furnishings to give a warm and welcoming feel. They intentionally make use of natural light and have a chic style. Each room provides direct dial phone lines with private number and voicemail, complimentary WiFi high speed internet access, safe, individual climate control, minibar, desk space, steam iron and ironing board, modem points, iPod docking station (in Studios and Suites), interactive cable TV with internet access, CD/DVD player, fax machine, en-suite facilities and hairdryer. Video recorders and printers can be requested. Electronic do not disturb sign. Beds have 300 thread count Egyptian linen. Top brand toiletries supplied.
24 hour room service includes the menu from Nobu and traditional snacks such as burgers and club sandwiches. Lift access to all floors. Daily maid service and evening turndown service.
City Rooms: open-plan with views over Mayfair, with banquettes, a dining table, dressing table and desk. Note that a second queen-bedded room can be interconnected. Most bathrooms have a bath and shower while some have a walk-in shower.
City Studio: King-sized bed. There is a desk, separate sitting area with a dining table and a generous walk-in wardrobe. The design is especially suited to travellers who like urban, open-plan living. A second bedroom 'a queen City Room' can be connected on request.
Metropolitan Rooms: Oversized rooms with views of London Parks. The king-sized bed, large desk and comfortable banquette seating area make for a soothing, contemporary space with an abundance of natural light.
Park Studio: Mostly views over Hyde Park. Open-plan with separate zones for work, rest and play including a large sitting area.
King Park: Smaller than the studio rooms, and have direct views of Hyde Park.
King City: Similar to our King Park but all have views of Mayfair
Queen Room: Smaller and so suited to singles, mostly views of Mayfair. En-suite is either bath and shower or a large walk-in shower.
Park Suite: Light-filled with views of Hyde Park through full-length windows. King-sized bed, an open plan sitting area and small balcony overlooking the Park. Can connect to a Metropolitan Room.
Superior Park Suite: Single bedroom, views over Hyde Park. Separate living area with dining table and guest cloakroom. Bang & Olufsen entertainment system.
Deluxe Park Suite: Views over Hyde Park. Have up to three bedrooms. Spacious in all areas and Located on the top floor of the hotel. Floor-to-ceiling windows. Bang & Olufsen entertainment system.
COMO Suite: 110 sq metres. 10th floor suite with separate living room, bedroom and guest WC. Floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Hyde Park. The bathroom features a free-standing bathtub with floor-to-ceiling, park-facing windows. The living room has a vast relaxation area with a dining table. There is also a balcony with a Japanese rock garden. The COMO Suite can be interconnected with a Metropolitan Room.
The Metropolitan hotel also has annexe sites in the neighbouring road of Hertford Street and Brick Street where its 19 apartments are located. They are all 1100 sq ft or more with two bedrooms and two bathrooms (one of which is en-suite to the master bedroom). Guests of course still have of the facilities at the main hotel building. Inside are modern styled lounges and dining room along with a kitchen. Apartments are service during weekdays with round the clock room and laundry service.
Dining Options:The Metropolitan Hotel London offers several options for dining or a relaxing drink.
Nobu London restaurant: 150 seats. Designed by United Designs. The first NoBu to open in Europe in a joint venture with Robert De Niro and restauranteur Drew Nieporent. located on the first floor with a dedicated entrance from Old Park Lane the restaurant features Japanese/South American cuisine along with incredible views of Hyde Park. Highly energised space serving Japanese-Peruvian cuisine for the modern generation. Specialities include black cod with miso, sashimi salad with Matsuhisa soy sauce dressing, Hamachi sashimi with jalapenos, and squid 'pasta' with light garlic sauce.
Open for lunch and dinner.
Met Bar: Brand new look in 2011. Very famous bar with a big reputation which is well known for being where celebrities and stars will often spend an evening. Its located by the hotel lobby and the bar is a cool and sophisticated venue to the sound of live music ( varied mix from cabaret to rock and everything in between). Serving an expansive range of cocktails, wines, vintage champagnes' (by the glasss) and seasonal British classic cuisine. Enjoy bespoke chocolates by Laurent Couchaux.
Sample dishes include potted shrimps, fennel and orange baby loaf, with a parsley and chilli salad, and ham hock and parsley terrine with a beetroot and pickled walnut salad. Main courses include lemon poached monkfish, kedgeree cakes, fresh vegetable salad with a honey and mustard dressing and Dedham Dale beef and Stilton pie with sloe gin gravy.
Open: 09.00 till 02.00 (till midnight Sunday and Monday).
White Room: This is where the al la carte breakfast is served from a fresh menu including homemade pastries. Other options include juices, fruit plates and smoothies. Rich Italian coffees are available as well as a full English breakfast. The White Room is a bright, sun-filled room.
The Metropolitan Hotel has introduced 'Brekkie-To-Go', a take breakfast service available to overnight guests. It include fresh juices, pastries, coffee or tea and is collected from Reception.
Traditional Afternoon tea meets contemporary chic: The Metropolitan gives a cool touch of avant-garde and waist-friendly chic to afternoon tea. The selections of sweet and savoury cupcakes, fruit scones, and 'no-bread sandwiches' are made using healthful alternatives including flour substitutes, and low fat crème fraîche. Fresh fruit pures replace unrefined sugars. Olive oil is instead of butter, as well as natural, organic and locally sourced produce wherever possible. The menu is accompanied by a selection of fruit infusions and an 'Ultimate Iced Tea' as well as a seasonal selection of 'Eco-Tini's' to choose from. This is the hotels 'Afternoon De-Light' menu and is available Monday to Saturday 14.00 till 18.00
Lobby Dining: Lobby menu is available from 08.00 till 18.00. Relax in the comfy sofas or in the adjoining Met Bar on the ground floor. Dishes range from the staple Met Club sandwich to healthful salads from the COMO Shambhala Cuisine menu.
The Metropolitan hotel London has its own spa facility called the COMO Shambhala Urban Escape find in the basement area. Two treatment rooms allow the guests a range of holistic treatments and massages which include Como Shambhala Massage, Environ facials, Head, Neck and Shoulder Massage, Therapeutic Massage, Aromatherapy, Shiatsu, Thai Massage, Tui'na Chinese medicinal Massage, Reflexology, Reiki, Jet lag therapy, Yoga or Personal training session. Treatments available 09.00 till 21.00.
The facility also includes a well equipped gymnasium and a relaxation area where you will find a steam room with power showers.
Gym is open 06.30 till 22.00.
There are 4 meeting/event room at the Metropolitan Hotel that are styled in the same cool contemporary style as the rest of the hotel. Fitted with high tech amenities including large screen plasma TV's and WiFi internet access. The largest room, The Met Space, can accommodate up to 50 delegates.
All public areas are fully air-conditioned and have WiFi internet access.
Boutique shop located in the lobby sells exclusive gifts. The hotel offers secretarial services.
The hotel concierge team have a reputation for getting guests into any London club. There is a business centre where high speed internet access is available.
Compared to other London hotels: This hotel has been rated 87% by past guests. The London average is 78% and the average for 5 star hotels is 88%. Therefore although the hotel is above average for London as a whole this hotel is below average for its sector (star rating) . Design Hotels across the chain average 89% so this hotel is slightly below the guest rating for most Design hotels.
Milesfaster ranking: 168th from 797 London hotels, 2nd of 10 Design Hotels, and 67th of 111 five star rated hotels.
Another to Consider: A comparable type of hotel close by (0.0 miles, 0.1 km) would be the 5 star Hilton Hotel London Park Lane, with base rates beginning from £188 and which has an 82% guest satisfaction rating. The Hilton Hotel London Park Lane also offers: a spa.For a hotel that offers lower base rates take a look at the Berkeley Hotel. 0.3 miles (0.5 km), has been rated at 90% by past guests and whose lowest rates start at about £32 (theres free WiFi too).
Prefer a tried and tested hotel close by judged by its guests ratings? We think the 5 Star Four Seasons Hotel Park Lane stands out in that regard. The Four Seasons Hotel Park Lane is only 0.1 miles (0.1 km) away. The Four Seasons Hotel Park Lane has an extremely high guest rating of 94%, one of the best rated London hotels.
More hotels from this chainMaybe your first and only choice is the Design chain your next best options are:
Sanctum Soho Hotel: is 0.7 miles (1.1 km) away, has a guest satisfaction score of 73% and rates start from about £190.
Pelham Hotel: is 1.3 miles (2.1 km) from here, earns a customer rating of 90% and base rates begin at about £208.
Rockwell Hotel: 2.0 miles (3.2 km), rated at 82% and with rates from around £100.
Parking:Private parking is available on site and costs £45 per day.
Internet:WiFi is available in the hotel rooms and is free of charge.
Bedroom Numbers: 155
Check-in: 14.00 (2pm) (express option)
Check-out: 12.00 noon
Note: Do not confuse this hotel with the Hilton owned Metropole Hotel on Edgware Road.
London Hotel Awards:
Green Tourism Business Scheme 2010: Silver in Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Efforts
Institutional Investor Magazine 2006 Best Hotel in London
Sherman's Travel 2010: Top Ten Party Hotels Visit London
2007: Bronze status for best large hotel
2005: Gold award for best large hotel
Condé Nast Readers' Choice Awards:
2008: 2008: Gold Status for Ambience/Design
2007: Gold status for Food
2006: Top 10 UK Leisure Hotels