r />The Metropolitan Hotel London is a luxury boutique hotel on the border of London's Mayfair and Knightsbridge neighborhoods. The London outpost of the restaurant Nobu as well as members only bar The Met Bar, are both available to guests without leaving the property.
r />The Metropolitan is the apotheosis of the trendy boutique hotel concept—and we don’t mean ‘trendy’ in a pejorative sense, but rather as a simple statement of fact. Some hotels aim to impersonate down-home country charm, others old-money aristocracy; the Metropolitan, and the genre it stands for, aims to welcome guests into an exclusive society that appreciates the most minute signifiers of cool, from the sleek black designer uniforms on the receptionists to the meticulously feng shui’d guest rooms, minimal and Zen, yes, but not trying <em>too</em> hard—that would be fashion suicide.
Some hotels of this sort put on an impressive show, then lose your dry cleaning and short-sheet your bed; the Metropolitan earns its cachet (and repeat business) by actually delivering the experience that the atmosphere promises. You could do worse than to stay in a hotel with Como’s signature Shambhala spa, right in the middle of London, and as a bonus the Shambhala bath amenities stack up nicely against the own-brand products you’ve no doubt acquired from other hotel bathrooms.
Granted, the Metropolitan experience can be an intimidating one for those wallflowers who tremble at the thought of eating somewhere like Nobu, but as you’re a guest, you’ll get your table, and the same goes for the members-only Met Bar: you’re a member too, at least until you check out.
The best part, though, is that none of this matters once you’re in your room. Some hip bar & boarding-house hotels leave you with an empty feeling once the party’s over, and you’re left to contemplate the puzzle of your needlessly complex lighting controls and that damned transparent bathroom wall. Not so at the Metropolitan; something about the stripped-down simplicity and the thoughtful luxuries like those Egyptian cotton sheets will make you wonder why you weren’t off to bed earlier, and there are certainly worse fates than to wake up with a postcard-perfect view of Hyde Park.
Guests over the age of 16 are considered adults. Some rooms accommodate 3 or more. The "Penthouse" room sleeps up to 4 guests. For crib/cot, must book "King City" room or larger. For 2 adults + rollaway bed, must book "King City" or larger. For 2 adults + 2 kids beyond crib age, must book "King Park" room or larger. Connecting rooms available. Can be confirmed upon reservation.
Cribs are available and may be subject to an additional fee. Roll-away beds available for an additional fee of GB£70. No additional charges for kids beyond crib/roll-away.
Babysitting services provided by screened outside help at GB£12.5 per hour. Daycare services provided, kids between the ages of 0 and 3 can be dropped off on a fixed schedule. The restaurant is kid-friendly with high chairs and a kids menu. Room service offers a kids menu.
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