Better for pretty party people rather than weekending wallflowers
WiFi is free in the public areas but costs an extra $24 per day in the guestrooms
STK restaurant gets busy on weekends; reservations are recommended
The hotel is pet-friendly, and pooches are well catered for with a 24-hour room service menu
Parking on site
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Hip hotel designed by Sir Norman Foster with a DJ-helmed restaurant, and rooftop bar overlooking the Thames
Following a five-year transformation by Foster + Partners, ME London opened its doors in December 2012 on the site of a former theater, music hall and BBC Radio HQ in the heart of London's West End. Clad in traditional Portland stone and topped by a glass cupola (a souped up homage to an Edwardian domed roof that houses the penthouse suite), this hip hotel has been designed with party people in mind. Inside, sleek surfaces, black marble and white leather walls combine to create a masterpiece in monochrome; the crowning glory is an 80-foot cathedral-like atrium that pokes through to a see-and-be-seen rooftop bar.
Bed and Bath
Guestrooms are sleek and chic, with textured pewter wall panels and backlit shelves displaying boozy bottles from the minibar alongside cocktail shakers and martini glasses. All rooms are awash with high-end gadgetry: interactive TVs, mood lighting, surround sound and espresso machines, but the comfort factor shines through in the kingsize beds, deep pile carpets and pillow menus. Aura and Vibe Rooms provide comfy urban crash pads, and Energy Rooms showcase the city's skyline from private balconies overlooking Covent Garden or the Thames. Bathrooms are equipped with twin sinks and mammoth rain showers and are stocked with such handy extras as organic cleansers from Apivita and hair straightners.
Guests have access to a dedicated "Aura Host," a glamorous butler of sorts who is your go-to contact for guest list entry to London's hippest haunts. Conveniently, two such hot spots are on-site: STK restaurant, a sceney DJ-helmed steakhouse-cum-bar (there are celeb-favored branches in NYC and L.A.), and Radio Rooftop Bar, a lounge with awesome views that span the Thames, from Canary Wharf to the Houses of Parliament. A prime position for a cocktail-fueled game of London landmark eye spy. You can also wine and dine at Cucina Asellina, an open-plan Italian kitchen that dishes up Sardinian classics, and the lobby-level Marconi, a laid-back lounge bar.