Need To Know
12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $479.75 (£298), excluding tax at 20 per cent. ⓘ
Rates exclude breakfast.
Day-spa devotees can properly pamper themselves at Como Shambhala Urban Escape with one of the vast medley of Asian-inspired holistic treatments, including reiki, Thai massage, reflexology and shiatsu on offer. The newly expanded space features six plush rooms and relaxation zones.
At the hotel
Spa, gym, free WiFi throughout, valet parking. In-room amenities: flatscreen 60-channel TV, CD juke box and film library, DVD player, minibar. All studios and suites have iPod docks and yoga mats.
Our favourite rooms
The choice is between the view over Mayfair or Hyde Park – if it’s city vistas you’re after, plump for a City Studio (which includes a dining table); for gazing at the green, green grass, pick a Park Suite. It would border on negligence not to mention the Metropolitan’s rock-star-ready Penthouse Suite, which, with its floor-to-ceiling windows, boasts one of the most brain-boggling king-of-the-world views in the capital.
Your finest designer threads – being out-dressed by the fashionista clientele is one thing, but being out-dressed by the Armani-clad staff is quite another.
The Metropolitan also has 19 self-catering apartments nearby that can be rented by the week.
Extra beds for under-16s are free. Babysitting can be arranged (minimum four hours; £10–£14 an hour; £14.50 booking fee). Children’s menus are available.