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The Metropolitan Hotel is a bright, contemporary hotel in the heart of Mayfair, with Hyde Park just across the road. A favourite of celebrities such as Madonna, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bruce Willis and Rihanna, this achingly hip hotel will ensure you are in the most cutting edge accommodation option in Mayfair. The hotel is renowned for its friendly attentive staff, from the doormen to the bartenders; they are very willing to help make your stay as enjoyable as possible.
Hotel rooms range from simple City rooms to Deluxe Park Suites, and are decorated in a cool minimalist style with tasteful flourishes of colour. The hotel's beds are extraordinarily comfortable and difficult to leave. There is an extensive range of amenities to ensure the utmost in-room comfort including, an iPod docking station, a dual line telephone with voicemail, COMO Shambhala toiletries, a hairdryer, ironing board and iron, yoga mat, umbrella and an interactive LCD TV with cable, on demand movies, a jukebox and CD/DVD player. You will find everything you need for relaxation or exploration at your fingertips. If you can afford the 110 square metre Suite, you can also enjoy a private Japanese rock garden.
If you would prefer a self-contained unit the Metropolitan also offers apartments in nearby Hertford Street and Brick Street, which are extremely well appointed, with all the amenities you will need during your stay, and offer all the amenities of a room with more convenience and privacy, especially for guests staying with a family.
The Met bar is renowned for its celebrity spotting and strict door policy, so being able to visit during your stay is a treat. The bar is small but comfortable and discreet enough to scan the room for famous faces, whilst sipping one of the bar staff's delicious designer cocktails. The Metropolitan's lauded restaurant Nobu is famous in London for its inventive Japanese-Peruvian cuisine. The dining room is elegant and offers great views over Hyde Park, so be sure to request a window seat when you reserve a table. Food is excellent but pricy and may be too esoteric for some tastes, or for those who wish to feast on traditional cuisine. There is a fantastic selection of restaurants near the hotel including Fakhreldine for very authentic Lebanese cuisine, Miyama for cheaper Japanese fare and The Greenhouse for pretentious but elegant European dining.
The hotel's ideal location means you are well placed to explore local attractions. Buckingham Palace, the Queen's London residence is just a five-minute walk away. Hyde Park across the street from the hotel offers leisurely walks and picnics in a stunning green space; or for more active guests you can rent a tennis court, ride one of Hyde Park Stable's horses, ride The Serpentine's solar-powered shuttle or simply go for a jog using the map in your hotel room. If you haven't spent all your money on your room, you may wish to splash some cash at Harrod's and Harvey Nichols department stores nearby in Kensington, stroll over to Fortnum & Mason's food hall for afternoon tea or peruse the vast selection of designer and high street wares along Oxford, Regent and Bond streets. If you are a theatre connoisseur you will be delighted to find so many nearby. The London Palladium, Criterion, Prince of Wales and Piccadilly Theatres are all just a short walk away and have a wide programme of musicals, comedies and dramas.
The hotel is a few minutes walk from Hyde Park Corner tube station, which services the Piccadilly Line and a six-minute walk to Green Park tube station, which services the Jubilee, Victoria and Piccadilly lines. From here you have direct links to Victoria Station (where the Gatwick Express Train terminates); King's Cross St Pancras Station (where the Eurostar terminates); and Heathrow Airport, which can be reached via the Piccadilly line. If you are driving to the hotel, it is situated just off the main A4 road, which can be accessed via the M4 and M25; however, guests should note that the hotel is in the congestion charge zone. A good parking option is the NCP at Old Park Lane; just a few minutes walk away.
If you choose to stay at The Metropolitan, the mix of cool contemporary decor, helpful yet unobtrusive staff and very comfortable rooms will help you to have a relaxing stay. This may be a little austere for die-hard anglophiles and the prices are very steep, but at least the hotel is reliably expensive, for that money you are guaranteed excellent service throughout. Although The Met Bar isn't the 'it-bar' it was in the early 2000s, there is still a good chance of spotting a celebrity face, so keep your eyes peeled in the bar. Hotel Assist recommends spending that little bit extra for a room overlooking Hyde park as the views are entirely unobscured and very beautiful in the summer; however, if you are a light sleeper avoid the front of the hotel because traffic on Park Lane can be noisy. Also be sure to ask the bar staff for recommendations, they really know their stuff and you can have an almost tailor-made drink.