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
This was my second time staying at the hotel. Corinthia is absolutely fantastic and worth every penny.
The entire staff is awesome but the true unsung heroes of the hotel are the housekeeping staff. They keep the hotel in an immaculate condition. Our room was perfectly cleaned everyday of our week long stay. I accidentally left a couple of hundred dollar bills next to the TV in my room. I came back at the end of the day and found the money untouched which speaks to the honesty and integrity of the housekeep staff.
Lastly, the concierges are knowledgeable and a wonderful resource. Sahil in particular was helpful to us at the concierge’s desk.
There is something very special about the Corinthia hotel. Something special about everything from the exquisite peace of the courtyard to the courteousness of the staff. It’s a curoisly private and quiet space in the busy bustling city.
I want to say a personal thank you to Ana Maria and her team at the Corinthia. Thank you for making mine and my boyfriends stay so special. Ana arranged for balloons and champagne to be in our room to celebrate my boyfriends birthday. The room we stayed in was gorgeous and overlooked the main hotel chandelier. We spent half a day enjoying the spa which was absolutely amazing.
I really can't wait to stay again in the near future.
Went for afternoon tea today as a treat. An incredible experience. Beautiful food and tea. Had lots of time to relax in the foyer area in lovely surroundings. Staff were very attentive. Would highly recommend.
5-10 minute walk to Big Ben (although currently the clock tower is under renovation), Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. Beautiful hotel. Very comfortable beds. Szabina was kind enough to upgrade my family to a suite for our anniversary, along with champagne. Also welcome gifts for the kids. Much appreciated. A splurge but worth it!