Perfect for: Stylish urban life
London’s CBD might not be an obvious choice for a weekend away, but when you find a hotel as good as this, you might just want to rethink your choice-making process… South Place Hotel is the first hotel by the people behind the D&D London restaurants; a minute’s walk from Liverpool St Station, and styled with Conran interiors, its an 80 bedroom luxury hotel, and is by no means shy and retiring. Msr 2 and I arrive after a nightmare trip (train cancellations *rolls eyes*) from Liverpool. Frankly, we couldn’t think of anything worse than having to check in to a hectic London hotel, but this is the South Place hotel, and it’s just that little bit different… South Place Hotel review
“Can you hear that music?” questions Msr 2, his eyes looking upwards, searching for the source, “I think it’s coming from a rooftop.”
“It’s South Place’s monthly Sunday party,” I reply, pleased that I already know, “and we’re invited!” Once a month throughout the summer, South Place throws a party on its roof starting at 2pm and ending at 9pm. It sounds brilliant if you’re in the mood, but we’ve got an early flight tomorrow, and as we walk towards reception, we agree to give it a miss.
We are welcomed by a very enthusiastic bell man who takes our luggage to our room, leaving us hands free, to check in.
South Place has got it going on. The reception is grand, its staff are attentive, and to one side we catch a glimpse of what looks like a rather fabulous cocktail bar filled with a few very fashionable clientele, and to the other a luxurious restaurant.
Our room is very upscale and contemporary. Features include, electric blinds, a menu of pillows (I couldn’t find one that worked for me but I’m very fussy with pillows), a super king size bed which was extremely comfortable which, a major plus for us, a 40″ screen Bang and Olufsen TV, and my favourite, touch panel mood lighting! Msr 2 catches my eye and smiles, he knows I’m going to be playing around with this for ages!
We’re impressed, especially given that our room is directly beneath the roof party, but so well soundproofed, we can’t hear a thing. Even if we could, South Place has got it covered – earplugs are provided in every room, as are some other thoughtful essentials – a mini bar filled with the normal set of alcoholic beverages and other extras, like fresh lime and lemon, a Wellness Menu, which aims to help you keep your routine balanced whilst you’re travelling, a relaxation pack and a very well presented pack of condoms and lube (not often found in hotels but very important!). Apparently, there’s also a Concierge’s Cupboard’ stocked with homely essentials.
“Fancy a bath?” calls Msr 2, beckoning me into the bathroom?
“It’d be rude not” I reply poking my head around the door, “it’s huge!”
Our bathroom is marble and very grand and stocked with St. Clements bath products, but its piece de résistance is its bath – it’s HUGE, incredibly deep and easily big enough for two (we tried and tested it). I
We’re tired, and rather than go down to the restaurant, decide to order room service from a large choice of items on the menu.
Less than 30 minutes later, there’s a knock at our door. It’s our steak – cooked to perfection and in our room in less than the quoted time. Very impressive, and heartily recommended!
We’re ready to have a proper look around now. The hotel itself is very contemporary, which we particularly love, and there’s sophisticated modern art (specially commissioned for the hotel) throughout the hotel.
I know nothing about art, but it’s very easy on the eye (as are many of the staff and clientele!); but what strikes us as its most standout assets are its staff. They are all uber friendly but not in a breathing-down-your-neck way. The bar staff, in particular, are a laugh and made us feel most welcome.
We also sneak a peek at some of the private dining and reception rooms – some are very quirky and can hold up to 400 people. I’m most taken by the Kuryakin room (named after Illya Kuryakin from teh 1960s cult TV series, the Man from U.N.C.L.E.), which I call the ‘red room’; it seats roughly 40 people and is ENTIRELY red. it also comes with its own bar. I think I’ll be penciling it in for my next birthday!
The hotel also has two outdoor terraces – one on the roof and another lower down, both with bars; two restaurants, three bars, and a gym with plenty of equipment (many hotels don’t carry enough). We don’t have time to sample these – the clock is ticking and we want to get an early night ready for our flight tomorrow.
Up in the skies, overlooking London, we mull over our time at South Place. We’re always looking for ways to make things better and we can’t find anything we didn’t like about South Place. The party might have put us off at first, but not for long. We’ve been well and truly wowed by South Place hotel; it’s one of London’s hidden gems. Having stayed in hotels all around the world, I can put my hands up and say that in all honesty, this is one of my favourites. It’s definitely our hotel of choice in London (and we’re very fussy!).
Reviewed by Robin Windsor for les Deux Messieurs.
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