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London: Top 5 designer hotels

London, international design capital, is home to some of the most impressive luxury hotels in the world.

travel Updated: Jul 09, 2012 16:30 IST

London, international design capital, is home to some of the most impressive luxury hotels in the world. Along with the Olympic Games, this summer London offers some of the best designer and luxury hotels. Relaxnews has put together a list of the top five hotels worth spending your money on. These hotels opened in 2011 and are ready to welcome Olympic enthusiasts this summer.

The Corinthia Hotel

This spot opened its doors to the public in 2011 after a £300 million (469.526 USD) remodeling project on a prominent Victorian building. The renovation showcases a mixture of traditional grandeur and modern freshness. The hotel, located in the heart of London, contains two restaurants: the Northall run by Garry Hollihead, who has one Michelin star and features a menu of modern British food, and a Mediterranean seafood restaurant run by Italian chef Massimo Riccioli. The Bassoon bar, designed by the award-winning David Collins Studio, serves both molecular cocktails and colonial-inspired drinks. Perhaps the most impressive area is the hotel's lobby lounge. At its center, the soaring dome is adorned with the Full Moon chandelier created by Parisian designer Chafik Gasmi and produced by the French crystal manufacturer Baccarat. The 3,300-square-meter spa features 17 treatment rooms, a private spa suite, a nail studio, an indoor pool, a vitality pool, an amphitheater sauna, an ice fountain, marble heated lounges, private sleep pods, a state-of-the-art gym and the Daniel Galvin hair salon.

Price per night: From £299 ($467.90) per room
Number of rooms: 294 guest rooms, including 43 suites of 45 m sq
Close to: Embankment tube station

St Pancras Renaissance

After five years of renovations and an investment of around £200 million ($313 million), the St Pancras Renaissance hotel re-opened last year. The building, which was originally created as part of the station connecting the industrial cities of the East Midlands and Yorkshire with London in 1873, had been left almost derelict until five years ago. The Victorian gothic-style building was designed by George Gilbert Scott, a prominent ecclesiastical architect of the time. Today the redesign includes a contemporary bar, the Gilbert Scott, a restaurant run by Marcus-Wareing and a spa with a Moroccan-inspired dipping pool, Jacuzzi and five treatment rooms plus a view to the Eurostar trains connecting London to Paris and Brussels. Perhaps the highlight of the hotel is the Grand Staircase soaring skywards, decorated with red walls and hand-painted swirls of gold.

Price a night: From £300 ($468) per room
Number of rooms: 245
Getting there: Kings Cross St Pancras tube station

Z Hotel Soho

Located in the center of the Soho district, the Z Hotel Soho opened its doors at the end of 2011. The hotel is spread out across 12 Georgian townhouses and overlooks Cambridge Circus and Old Compton Street. The design of the hotel has a Scandinavian feel. The highlight is perhaps the roof terrace views from the Palace Theatre to the BT Tower.

Price a night: From £85 ($133) per room
Number of rooms: 80
Close to: Kings Cross St Pancras tube station

The Zetter Townhouse

The owners of the widely acclaimed Bistrot Bruno Loubet restaurant, Mark Sainsbury and Michael Benyan, opened a sister hotel last year, The Zetter Townhouse just across St John's square occupying two Regency buildings. The Zetter Townhouse, next to the Zetter hotel, has a quirky and whimsical design. With only 13 rooms, the hotel's decor features a mix of styles including tasseled standard lamps, Asian-style dark wood boards in the beds, and Art Deco Jazz Club armchairs. Guests can enjoy the downstairs bar run by renowned mixologist Tony Conigliaro.

Price per night: From £185 ($290) per room
Number of rooms: 13
Close to: Farringdon tube station

W Leicester Square

The W Leicester Hotel opened its doors to the public in 2011. Just off Wardour Street, this is a color-shifting hotel with disco balls and a jet-black marble lobby. The corridors serving the rooms are padded with shiny black. The suites' decor includes a magnifying mirror and a space-age feeling. If you feel like splashing out, you can opt for the £5,000 Extreme WOW suite with an outdoor Jacuzzi and mirrors on the ceiling. Apart from the rooms, guests can use the Wyld bar and Spice market restaurant and a futuristic-looking spa offering a variety of treatments. This hotel is so disco that you don't need to go out clubbing.

Price per night: From £323 ($505) per room
Number of rooms: 192
Close to: Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square tube station

First Published: Jul 09, 2012 16:30 IST