Corinthia’s new flagship is a landmark Victorian property located in the heart of London, a short walk from many of the city’s major attractions.

The  five-star luxury hotel Corinthia Hotel London has opened to the public.

Corinthia’s new flagship is a landmark Victorian property located in the heart of London, a short walk from many of the city’s major attractions.

“The project marks the culmination of an exciting journey,” says Matthew Dixon, the hotel’s general manager. “Corinthia Hotel London is an intricately restored grand hotel with a 21st century approach. Its modern elegance is defined by a blend of classic Victorian architecture with outstanding craftsmanship and contemporary art, mirroring the energy, style and history of the area. Guests are offered all the modern luxuries whilst enjoying an authentic experience in a hotel and location with heritage.”

This photograph shows the exterior of the five-star Corinthia Hotel London, a landmark Victorian building which opened on May 10, 2011 and which immediately became Corinthis Hotels' new flagship property

The newly reconstructed flagship hotel features two high-qaulity restaurants. Garry Hollihead, winner of Michelin stars at three different establishments, is at the helm of The Northall. The restaurant celebrates the best of British artisanal produce, including Cumbrian short horn cattle, together with an extensive selection of organic and biodynamic wines by the glass and by the bottle. The hotel’s Mediterranean speciality seafood restaurant, Massimo Restaurant and Oyster Bar, is headed by Italian chef patron Massimo Riccioli.

Bassoon, a musically inspired bar designed by the David Collins Studio, serves both molecular cocktails and colonial-inspired drinks from its boutique spirits library.

The hotel’s Lobby Lounge offers a residential feel enhanced by an eclectic mix of furniture and bespoke artworks. The dome in the centre is adorned with the Full Moon chandelier created by Parisian designer Chafik Gasmi and produced by French crystal manufacturer Baccarat. The Full Moon, composed of 1,001 crystal baubles, is the grand focal point of the main hotel area. Lobby Lounge guests can take afternoon tea and indulge in innovative creations by Pastry Chef Claire Clark or enjoy an evening cocktail.

Corinthia Hotel London commissioned twin brothers Ian and Richard Abell, founders of Based Upon, to create a unique artwork piece for the hotel’s reception, along with custom-built doors for the lobby elevators. The nine-square-metre bronze artwork in the reception area features the River Thames meandering through the city of London with a true replica of each building on its banks, with the Corinthia at its centre. Casts of leaves from Northumberland Avenue and St James’s Park were taken to create the textural marks for the elevator doors.

International spa company ESPA has partnered with the hotel to launch its flagship ESPA Life at Corinthia. Spanning 3,300 square meters and on four floors, the spa features 17 treatment rooms, a private spa suite, a nail studio, an indoor pool, a vitality pool, an amphitheatre sauna, an ice fountain, marble heated lounges, private sleep pods, a state-of-the-art gym and a Daniel Galvin hair salon. ESPA has enlisted therapists, naturopaths, acupuncturists, osteopaths and physiotherapists to offer guests spa and wellness in a five-star luxury setting.

This view shows the Bassoon Bar at the five-star Corinthia Hotel London

Located on the mezzanine floor are six private executive level meeting rooms, linked through to the mezzanine dining area of The Northall for a private lunch or dinner. Five of the meeting rooms are fitted with a state-of-the-art, high-definition optical turnkey system that allows total connectivity for media broadcasting, recording, editing and mixing.

The hotel features 294 guest rooms, including 43 suites. The Corinthis says its rooms, which average 45 square meters in area, are among the largest in their category in London’s luxury-hotel market. There are no restrictions on check-in and check-out times.

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Corinthia Hotels is a collection of five-star hotels founded by the Pisani family of Malta. Corinthia Hotels’ portfolio includes the Corinthia Hotel Budapest in Hungary, Corinthia Hotel Prague in the Czech Republic, Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg in Russia and Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa in Malta.

The portfolio also features Corinthia Hotel St George’s Bay in Malta, the superior five-star Corinthia Hotel Tripoli in Libya, and the modern Corinthia Hotel Lisbon in Portugal. The newly opened Corinthia Hotel London will be followed by the Corinthia Taormina Golf Resort in Sicily, Italy, which is due to open in 2012.

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