Metropolitan by Como, London
- Style Heights of fashion
- Setting Pride of park-side Mayfair
With its coveted Park Lane address, Metropolitan by Como, London, hotel has a well-deserved reputation for cool, urban style and comfort. Large mod rooms come with fantastic views of either Hyde Park or the city, Nobu restaurant serves some of the best Japanese food in London and the legendary Met Bar has been revitalized with a hefty dose of trendiness.
Need to know
- Rooms 144.
- Rates Double rooms from $438.13 (£268), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
- More details Rates exclude breakfast.
- Facilities 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.
- Check–out 12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Children 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.
- Also The Metropolitan also has 19 self-catering apartments nearby that can be rented by the week.
In the know
- 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.
- Packing tips 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.
- Also 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.
Food and drink at Metropolitan by Como, London
- Hotel restaurant Ever-hip hangout Nobu has a reputation that extends well beyond London. And deservedly too – the world-ranking restaurant is hard to beat either in terms of style or the artistry of its delectable New Japanese cuisine.
- Dress code Papped and pampered A-list.
- Top table Tucked away in a corner by the window – make sure you get a view of Hyde Park.
- Last orders Nobu closes its kitchen at 10.15pm on weekdays, 11.15pm on Saturdays, and 9.45pm on Sundays.
- Room service 24-hour room-service menu, including Nobu specialties, burgers, sandwiches and drinks.
- Hotel bar A decade-old veteran of the London scene, the revamped Met Bar has dropped its longstanding members-only policy and turned up the lights. The long glass wall is clear by day, but turns opaque as night falls to keep things private and privileged. The bar itself is leather-clad lava-stone, surrounded by plum-coloured chairs and butterscotch banquets, and a corrugated cardboard relief depicting dancers ticks the maverick-modern-art box. Cocktails are a highlight – try a 'Storm in a Teacup', a gin/liqueur concoction served in antique china, with a side of Turkish delight.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details