During my time in London, I had the opportunity to stay a night at the ME London, which is a luxury hotel under the Melia group. Prior to this stay, I had never heard of the Melia group, naturally, as it has a stronger presence in Europe than in South-East Asia. The hotel has very central position in London, and is a short walk from a number of theatres, perfect for those looking for some after-dinner entertainment.
The hotel lobby was one level above the main entrance, and to say it was different would be a massive understatement. I lost the photo of it though, and I hope that my narration does it justice.
Upon entering the lobby, there was a small bar counter to the left, where a glass of orange juice/water is served to guests checking in. The lobby was essentially the bottom of a pyramid-shaped structure, with a tiny skylight at top of the triangle. The design of the lobby exuded an ethereal and calming vibe, although it also somehow felt like a columbarium at the same time.
I found the hotel corridors to be sleek and classy, with the dark marble reflecting the bright (though small) lights. Not everyone would like this design though, and some might even find it a bit too dim for their taste.
Upon entering the room, the ensuite bathroom was on the right, with the bedroom right ahead. There was a small window overlooking the busy London street below, but the soundproofing must have been very good, as I slept like a baby. It could also have been because I was extremely tired after a very very eventful work day.
The bed was simultaneously soft yet firm enough, and I had absolutely no shortage of pillows to lie on (if you look closely at the photo). There was also a pillow menu available, but I did not get any other pillows during my one night at the ME London.
I really liked the sleek design of the TV board, and the contrast between the open mini-bar and the textured black wall. The mini-bar items are chargeable though, hence I did not have any during my stay. A turn-down service, complete with mood-lighting, greeted me upon my return back to the hotel room.
- Mini-bar (chargeable)
- Coffee & tea making facilities (Nespresso machine with coffee capsules & tea bags)
- Toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner)
- Ironing board & iron
- Bath towels & bathrobes
- Safety deposit box
- IP Interactive TV
- Pillow menu
Gym & Buffet Breakfast
There was a 24/7 gym at the hotel, but I only got back to the hotel very late, and had to leave very early the next morning, hence I did not have the opportunity to head to the gym, nor have the buffet breakfast.
I have to give a shout-out to the hotel staff though, who offered to pack breakfast after finding out that I had to leave very early, before the buffet breakfast started. I remember very clearly the hearty egg & ham sandwich, yogurt, bottled orange juice, bottled mineral water, and fresh coffee-to-go. Kudos to them indeed!
Despite not spending a lot of time in the hotel due to work commitments, I did enjoy my stay at the ME London, and would definitely look forward to staying there again if I’m in London on holiday (and if my budget can afford it!). The hotel’s design was very interesting, and I thought that it gave off a very classy, chic, and modern vibe.
Ratings out of 10 (10 being the best, 0 being the worst)
Overall Rating: 8.5
Location: 9 (for its close proximity to theatres and a tube station)
Room: 9 (small but very luxurious, the amenities were great too)
Staff: 8 (helpful and friendly staff)
Breakfast: 7.5 (the packed breakfast was hearty indeed)
336-337 Strand, London WC2R 1HA, UK
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