The Olympics may be winding down, but London's hotel scene is still on the rise: Breaking Travel News is reporting that hotel group ME by Meliá will debut its flagship hotel, ME London, with a soft launch on September 1. The hotel is Foster + Partners’ first UK hotel project and the first for which they have designed all of the interiors and exteriors.
The hotel is located in Marconi House, the original London home of BBC radio. We hear the top pick will be the Suite ME, a two floor penthouse in the turret of the building.
Cool touch: Each guest’s stay will be overseen by the dedicated “Aura Experience Manager”, whose job it is to know the city back-to-front and use this knowledge to make the hotel’s service truly bespoke.
Foodies will also be in luck, as the hotel will have several culinary options:
STK: The first British incarnation of the New York Steakhouse concept, STK will be a decidedly female-friendly dining experience from New York operators, The ONE Group. American grill-style dishes will be served from midday through late night.
Cucina Asselina: Situated on the ground floor, this Italian restaurant will focus on simple, elemental flavors.
Radio: On the tenth floor, this rooftop terrace, lounge and bar honors the building’s roots in broadcasting. Good to know: Radio is the only rooftop venue in the Strand/Aldwych area to be open from breakfast until late, and has 180-degree views of London.
Marconi Bar: In the lobby, this bar and lounge is named after Guglielmo Marconi, inventor of the radio.
The ME London will be located at 336-337 The Strand. Visit www.melia.com for more information.