I love a bouji staycation and I’m very aware that turn of phrase makes me sound like an absolute trollop.
There’s just no way around it; hotels are to good times what good times are to a Lela. To date, the record of extraordinary days to days I’ve ended up face-planting into sheets someone else has mace is one-for-one. I back staycations for all occasions.
For my recent birthday, newly opened aparthotel The Chronicle had my name written all over it.
Though the building nestled just a street back from Chancery Lane (and, most importantly, a quick Uber to Shoreditch) it is unbelievably quiet and spacious. As parent company Supercity Aparthotels’ reputation might suggest – a veritable home away from home.
The Chronicle boasts 53 elegant apartments (five of which have private terraces) with comfort-minded living areas, beautiful bedrooms, original – and typically cheeky – art, luxe bathrooms, Kerridge-ready kitchens, and all associated amenities.
It was the perfect pad to fill up (and glam up) before a boozy birthday brunch with drag queens and an even better hangover hideaway.
In fact, the complimentary Sky TV package (including sports and movies) really helped with the latter.
Time to find something else to celebrate…
Naturally, the Clarks party at the Metropolitan London hotel offered a fabulous excuse to recline* in luxury for the evening. (*work)
Bordering Knightsbridge and Mayfair, The Metropolitan London’s Metropolitan Rooms overlook the beloved green heart of London – Hyde Park – while keeping you cosy in “pared-back and cosseting” interiors. We’re not talking British B&Bs, here.
To boot, the hotel is literally connected to the Japanese-Peruvian and Michelin-starred cuisine from Nobu. If you’re not a foodie when you arrive, you’ll be a foodie when you leave.
To make financial matters worse, my room happened to be right around the corner from The Metropolitan’s newly expanded COMO Shambhala Urban Escape; a spa which offers holistic, Asian-based therapies. Yes. You can be spa adjacent if you’re a glutton for monetary punishment.
In actuality, the room was spa-like enough to keep me perfectly pleased for the night. A fantastically oversized King bed with goosedown duvet, banquette seating area overlooking the Uptown jungle, rainfall shower, and a contemporary but warm space? You have a happy Lela on your hands.
I would live here if I could. It came equipped with everything I needed for work and play; free wifi, a sprawled out desk space, iPod docking station, a jogging map of Hyde Park, electronic ‘do not disturb’ sign, iron/ironing board, Egyptian cotton linen (I need it, okay?!), COMO Shambhala bathroom amenities, and the all-important front desk/concierge which goes above and beyond.
Looking for luxe in London? The Metropolitan has your back.
Last weekend was kicked off with a rather debaucherous night at the Comedy Store and Piccadilly Institute. Don’t get me wrong – this isn’t the Lela London norm. In fact, that weekend is going to fill my quota for weeks and weeks to come. But hey, it was my BIRTHDAY! I realised as I get closer and closer to osteoporosis, it is s only fair to follow rather exhausting nights out with pure luxury, which is why – on Sunday – I spent the night at The London Mal.
Located in Clerkenwell (note: handy for those looking for 2012 Olympics hotels!), The London Mal (aka Malmaison London) is tucked away near the famous Smithfield Market with great links to transport. Don’t be fooled into expecting that would make it a hectic hotel stay. Surprisingly, the location seems to completely vanish from your mind when greeted with a Veuve Clicquot champagne bar in the laid back reception area. Low-lit, stylish, and chicly serene – the Mal is flawlessly designed treasure.
After the quickest check-in I have ever been through (their staff are the epitome of welcoming), I flew upstairs for an afternoon of solace. The rooms are simply gorgeous; beds large enough for five people, closet space to suit a fashion week visitor, luxurious toiletries – for the bath and shower – that you are encouraged to take away, refreshments galore, and…well….did I mention the bed?!
Check out my photo tour and review of their amazing brasserie, below!