ME London

336 The Strand, London, WC2R 1HA, England

A shiny fortress of luxury, the ME brings a splash of modern cool to a rather stuffy patch of the Strand. Designed by Foster and Partners (the architects behind London's City Hall and the Reichstag in Berlin, among other buildings), the sleek, subtly lit public areas give way to bright and spacious bedrooms with sci-fi modern gadgetry like custom-controlled mood lighting. The two on-site restaurants are both outposts of fashionable New York eateries—STK and Asselina—but the Radio Rooftop Bar is the real star. The view of the Thames, from the Shard in the east to the old Battersea Power Station in the west, is one of the best in the city. Other on-site facilities include plenty of meeting spaces and a 24-hour gym.

PROS

  • sleek and fashionable
  • full of high-tech comforts
  • excellent service
  • stunning views from rooftop bar

CONS

  • design can sometimes verge on form over function
  • very small closets and in-room storage areas

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 0808-234–1953
Website: www.melia.com

HOTEL DETAILS

141 rooms, 16 suites
Rate Includes: Breakfast

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