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Fodor's Expert Review ME London

336 The Strand, London, WC2R 1HA, England See on Map Fodor's Choice

Designed and executed to wow the five-star traveller who’s seen it all—and then stayed the night—ME London is a slick luxury design hotel that goes big on everything from its sky-scraping marble atrium to the rooftop bar with some of the best views in London. Expect plenty of monochrome, teams of well-dressed staff (matching leather jackets scream style) with features as chiselled as that marble atrium and minimalist chic at every turn.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Those without a sturdy disposition for a chic fashion crowd might find it all a bit too much. On entering, you’re likely to see a selfie being taken before you spot a check-in desk.

room

Designed by Foster + Partners, the rooms and suites at ME London cater to every kind of guest. From the simplest double room to the extravagance of a river view suite, rooms follow a theme of luxury minimalism. White walls, cream carpets and large floor to ceiling windows keep the spaces incredibly bright with an almost angelic vibe to the décor. Surround sound, AV stations and high-tech lighting and temp control panels should keep you busy.

Miss your pet when you travel? Then bring them along when you stay at ME London. A rarity in the luxury hotel market, the hotel allows pets and even has a personal dog walking service.

Photo: Passion Suite
Photo: Radio Rooftop
Photo: Personality Suite

bathroom

Sparkling metallic details and dark marble are the signatures of the bathrooms which change dramatically depending on the room. Some come with powerful Bali showers, others come with large soaking tubs. All come with Apivita bath products.

Photo: Passion Suite
Photo: Passion Suite

lobby

If you’re not sure whether you’ve walked into a hotel or an avant garde art gallery then join the club. The base of a great marble atrium that stretches all the way to the roof, the lobby is a place to peacock—perhaps with a glass of champagne in the Atrium Bar? Too large to be buzzy, instead there’s a detached sense of chic to the whole experience of merely entering this hotel.

gym

The ground floor gym is well-equipped with all the necessary cardio machines for a full workout.

Photo: Radio Rooftop

dining

A big hotel deserves big dining choices and so it is at ME London. For steak, head for the New York style STK London. For something a little lighter, exotic and more intimate, it’s Cucina Asellina that’s the place for you.

Photo: Radio Rooftop
Photo: Radio Rooftop

drinking

Be all like Drake and start from the bottom and work your way to the top with Champagne in the lobby Atrium Bar before taking the elevator to Radio Rooftop Bar. The panoramic views of London are incredible from the hotel’s amazing bar, which quite rightly finds its way onto lists of the best bars in London. A place to be seen, the bar attracts an exclusive clientele for nights beneath the stars partying to DJs on the top deck.

Photo: Radio Rooftop

LOCATION

Getting Around

Right in the middle of the Strand, close to the river and a short walk into Covent Garden, ME London’s location is as impressive as everything else about it. For the Central London fun of shopping, restaurants, bars, galleries, museums and shows you’ll only need to walk from the location on the edge of Theatreland. Otherwise, black cabs are everywhere in this neighbourhood and Covent Garden is conveniently close.

Restaurants

When you’re staying in a hotel like ME London, you’re going to want something a little special when you go elsewhere. For out of this world Japanese food, head to Soho and Jugemu (17-minute walk), a sweet little restaurant serving up rustic, Japanese home cooking. Alternatively, head to Kricket (17-minute walk) in Piccadilly, a cool London meets Mumbai restaurant that does awesome small plates and cocktails.

Bars

If the contemporary style of the hotel is a little overwhelming then take it back to basics with a trip to Covent Garden’s endearing pub, The Cross Keys (7-minute walk), one of the homeliest drinking establishments in town. For more hip cocktails and trendy customers go visit Experimental Cocktail Club (14-minute walk) hidden away in China Town.

WHY WE LIKE IT

Sleek, dramatic and oh so stylish, ME London is an extraordinary hotel that does its best to stand out from the luxury crowd. We love the artistic trappings within the public spaces, the radical architecture and the prime location. Most of all, it’s the views from Radio Rooftop Bar that have us fawning.

QUICK FACTS

New, Service, Trendy, Views
141 rooms, 16 suites
Breakfast Yes
Lunch Yes
Dinner Yes
Bar Yes
Cafe No
Room Service Yes
$$$$
Gym
Yes
Yes

HOTEL INFO

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

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