Corinthia Hotel London
What We Love
- On the doorstep of London’s big attractions: Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, South Bank and Leicester Square
- The cocktails, amiable bartenders and grand piano bar in the David Collins-designed Bassoon bar
- The pre-theater menus: two courses at the Northall or pasta and wine at Massimo Restaurant and Oyster Bar
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- The location is central and good for sightseeing, but it lacks that classic London charm — wander up St. Martin’s Lane and into Seven Dials for more of a neighborhood feel
- The restaurants are high-ceilinged and light-flooded — ideal for breakfast, lunch and all-day dining, but not as good for intimate dinners
- Pets are not permitted
- Smoking is allowed in some guestrooms
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Fresh from a major restoration and refurbishment, this Belle Epoque property—in an imposing building near London’s Thames Embankment that was once home to the Ministry of Defence—houses 294 rooms, some on two levels in rooftop turrets featuring bespoke artwork and fresh flowers, and a David Collins-designed bar and restaurant where Michelin-star chef Gary Holliheed champions classic British dishes. But the showstopper is Espa Life, a four-story “next-generation” spa with an amphitheater sauna made of champagne-hued lacquer and black marble.
In the Area
The Corinthia is just a five-minute walk from many central London landmarks. Visit the National Portrait Gallery during evening hours on Thursdays or Fridays, then head up to the rooftop Portrait Restaurant for drinks and supper. Or visit the collection of architect Sir John Soane at his museum, near Holborn tube, home to Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress and candlelit from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m on the first Tuesday of the month. Walk across Embankment Bridge to the beautifully revamped Southbank Centre to catch a concert at the Royal Festival Hall or a play at the National Theatre — or just take a romantic riverside walk.
How to Get There
We have stayed in luxury hotels all over the world, but this one is definitely the best we’ve been to, both in terms of the hotel itself, and more importantly, the service. We were made to feel like ‘VIPs’ from the moment we walked up to the front door. The doorman was so welcoming and ensured we knew where to go. We actually arrived 4 hours before check in, merely to leave our bag to go Christmas shopping. The reception lady not only assured us that she’d take care of this, but also she was desperate to let us in our room early (even though we didn’t even ask for this). We said we didn’t mind waiting until 3pm but she was still apologetic and offered us free coffee or tea! She additionally asked what time we would like turn down (never been asked that) - a really nice touch. As promised, we got an SMS about two hours before check in to say the room was ready. This was really handy, as we were able to go to our room before the Corinthia afternoon tea we’d booked at 2pm. After having been greeted by the duty manager, we were shown to our room by a lovely lady. The room was one of the new ‘garden suites’, complete with beautiful lounge, bedroom and bathroom with huge bath including a tv at the end and a walk in wardrobe. The suite was outstanding. It was lovely to receive a welcome card from the one and only Thomas Kochs! We also loved the afternoon tea in the moon lounge, my wife was particularly pleased to have been given one of the gold cups! The moon lounge is beautiful, beautifully decorated for Christmas as was the whole hotel. The afternoon tea comes up in stages, making it stand out from the competition, offering a more refined experience. The champagne glasses are top notch. The sandwiches were the best we’ve had, particularly liked the salt beef. After partaking in a second round (with a choice of sandwiches) we had our tea served (we were asked when we wanted it). There was a vast choice of tea and we settled for the medium Corinthia blend which was the best tea we’ve had. The scones came up in a box that keeps them warm, and then the beautiful patisserie style cakes with an additional Christmas plate. The service at afternoon tea was the best we’d had, the staff were so attentive. We also made use of the spa which was very opulent and modern. Everything was there you could want and it was all top notch. We had room service in the evening, again all perfect, superb service. For breakfast we went to the main restaurant, there was a buffet and a la carte main. Very good food, beautiful dining room and very good service. We were able to leave our bags at the hotel after checking out to do more Christmas shopping. This, along with getting a taxi for us when we collected the bags, was of course done with a smile. Other hotels could really learn from Corinthian London. Whilst the hotel is beautiful and luxurious, the perfect blend of modernity, tradition & luxury, it’s the service that makes it, and from the many luxury hotels we’ve stayed at, the Corinthia is way ahead. Will definitely be returning. Really well done to Thomas & his excellent team.
I have stayed in a few places in London and this by far is my favorite. There was not one thing I did not like about this hotel! The rooms were handsome. The rainfall shower is a pleasure to use every day. The service was wonderful and the facilities are great! It is in a great location as well. The splurge for breakfast buffet is well worth it. The best cooked eggs in town! It is a classy hotel and if you need guest services to help you with anything (like a proposal) , Isabel is just wonderful to work with! The decor of the hotel lets you know they take care of details. Can’t wait to go back.
Although pricey, you get what you pay for here. The staff are always looking out for your best interest and well being. The property is beyond the word magnificent. Excellence abounds in everything this hotel embarks upon.
The hotel itself is just amazing. It was very tastefully decorated for Christmas. We had a special birthday party with welcome drinks and a sit down 3 course meal. The food was just incredible! The lobster starter was delicious and the beef was to die for! It would be interesting to know who the chef was...
The standards and the quality of this venue are very high and I would love to go back again!
We have just spent two nights at The Corinthia, London to celebrate my daughters 16th birthday. We stayed in a family room. From the minute we arrived the service was exceptional, the interior was luxurious and The CrystalMoon Lounge amazing. If your looking for a world class hotel in an outstanding central London location then there is only one hotel - The Corinthia. A very big thank you to Thomas Kochs and his staff especially Guillaume ( concierge )We will never forget our experience and will definitely be back very soon. Thsnk you. Simon, Lisa, Gracie and Christina , Room 515