St Ermin`s Hotel – The must visit London Hotel – Review
St Ermin`s is located in the St. James`s park area of London and is one of the most stylish and sophisticated hotels in London.
This fabulous Hotel had an extensive refurbishment in 2011, which cost a cool £30 million, and you can really see that this money has been well spent. High quality materials and fittings are drawn together under a stylish look, which really catches the eye and makes you take notice. Around every corner there are touches of class, beauty and elegance. As you may have guessed, I was really impressed by the Hotel; it is now, without doubt, one of my favourites in London.
But don`t let this modern refurbishment fool you! St Ermin`s is drenched in a mysterious and elusive historical past. The hotel has been at the heart of tales of espionage and secret diplomacy for over 80 years; during the 1930s the hotel and the next building were used by officers of the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS or MI6) located close by. I was also told that the Caxton Bar, the onsite bar at St Ermin`s, was used regularly by SIS, MI5 and Naval Intelligence Division case officers to meet their agents. How exciting!
This rich history and the super chic modern look make for a wonderfully exciting experience.
The hotel has 331 beautiful rooms including 41 suites, which are designed to induce the upmost feeling of calm and relaxation. The room rates begin at an extremely reasonable just £209 plus VAT, room only, and Junior Suites start at £479, plus VAT.
Our room was one of the hotel`s finest offerings; it included a surround sound bose system, two plasma TVs and the most wonderful walk in shower you could imagine. The colour scheme of the room, whites, pinks and purples, was truly stunning and made for an elegant inner city destination. There was also a spacious living area, complete with dining table and comfortable seating. In a word – perfect.
I would also recommend a cocktail in the Caxton Bar – we tried some sumptuous tasting cocktails which really topped off our stay. If you wanted to feel a bit of the hotel`s espionage past, why not ask for a martini, shaken – you know the rest. But the star of our meal was the Halibut Fish and Chips, with a light ale batter (£17). The batter was stunningly light and the fish was thick, meaty and scrumptious. I could eat that every day of the week! Additionally, the Caxton grill serves up delights for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is not to be missed.
The hotel is also offering an amazing Jubilee Celebration package. The Queen Elizabeth II package is available from 01 April – 31 August 2012 subject to availability and is priced at £999 plus VAT for two sharing a deluxe room inclusive of breakfast, a tour of Westminster Abbey, a royal afternoon QETea devised by Executive Chef Hus Vedat in the hotel`s library, a regal picnic – best taken in St James`s Park with a view of the Palace – and a welcome pack of flags, hats and royal jubilee souvenirs. Suites are available for an additional £300.
For more information please go to: www.sterminshotel.co.uk
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