Need to know
173, including 26 suites.
12 noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Guests arriving earlier can leave their luggage with a bellhop.
Double rooms from $278.42 (£214), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Breakfast is not included. The excellent à-la-carte has breads, pastries, fruit, coffee, smoothies and teas, a full English and some tempting American-style hot dishes, including hazelnut waffles and eggs any which way.
The hotel has some intriguing artworks. We love Ingo Maurer’s lightweight silver-blob 'chandelier' in the lobby and Portal, a spiral of neon light by South Korean artist Chul Hyun Ahn. Eagle-eyed fans of The King’s Speech may recognise the one-off reproduction of Louis XIV’s Gobelins tapestry behind the reception desk; it popped up in the movie too. And on the southeast corner of the lobby ceiling, a mischievous builder applied red lipstick to the face of one of the moulded plaster figures. The hotel liked it so much, they decided it could stay.
At the hotel
Lobby lounge, snooker table, gym, concierge desk, free high-speed WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV with films on-demand, iPod dock, Nespresso machine and a selection of teas, minibar (with skull-shaped Crystal Head vodka bottles, coconut water, iced coffee, popcorn, chocolate, crackers and bacon jam, wines, beers, champagne, lip-balm, a notebook and scented candle), bespoke Le Labo bath products. Junior Suites and higher have a drinks trolley with free gin and mixers, glasses, an ice bucket, small chopping board and garnishes.
Our favourite rooms
The rooms (styled by Toronto design firm Yabu Pushelberg) have similar decor throughout, with walnut panelling, crisp white linens, a George Smith lounge chair, a cosy fur throw and Hendrik Kerstens’ mock-Flemish portraits. However, the One-Bedroom Suite with Terrace stands out for its impressive wrap-around outdoor space: use it for a sizeable soirée, or an intimate dinner overlooking the BT Tower (it’s surprisingly romantic after dark, we promise…). Junior Suites are sizeable, and their free gin-and-tonic trolleys (with all the fixings) are genius.
None. But the concierge can arrange a visit to one of the many nearby spas, or for a therapist to visit your room.
Svelte tailoring and some classic Louboutins for the restaurant, and a retro party dress for Berners Tavern – to pay homage to Studio 54’s 1970s glam.
The hotel’s public areas are wheelchair-accessible, as are some rooms. There are two spacious lifts to all floors. Eight Superior Rooms (seven with king-size beds, one with two doubles), and one Loft Suite are suited for guests with mobility issues.
Cots (free) and extra beds (free for under-12s, £80 a night for over-12s) can be added to the Loft Room category and higher. Snacks, a small tent and a kids' city guide are offered in-room.
Juniors, tweens and teens.
Extra beds (free for under-12s) can be added to the Loft category and higher.
Ask for an iPad to watch films or play games on (the hotel only has two, so we recommend asking for these in advance). A kids' city guide packed full of child-friendly London activities is offered in-room, and kids are given a London-inspired tent – shaped like a Tube train, tunnel and ticket office – to play in. Staff will happily bring up cartons of popcorn to accompany one of the pay movies on your room's TV.
Kids are welcome in Berners Tavern; however, it's a sophisticated spot with a grown-up clientele, so it's best to dine there with well-behaved tots. The Little Peoples' Menu has soups, toasties, mini beef burgers, simple pasta dishes and healthy chicken and fish dishes.
On arrival, sweets and milk and cookies are left in your room for younger guests.
The hotel is impressively eco-savvy: its building meets Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards, energy and water consumption are kept as low as possible, and the hotel uses low-energy light bulbs, recycled key cards and biodegradable laundry bags. Sustainable and organic ingredients are used in the kitchen and the hotel recycles where possible.