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Virtuozity checks into a rooftop retreat in the heart of London


Positioned in the heart of a city steeped in history and culture lies an opulent array of residences that are sure to impress even the most discerning of travellers. With a window to London’s stunning skyline, guests checking in to one of the seven spectacular penthouses at Corinthia hotel can enjoy a luxurious stay that goes above and beyond the norm.

With views of the London Eye, The Shard and St Paul’s Cathedral, the opulent guest residences are built within the soaring turrets of the grand Victorian building, each with its own distinct style. Each residence boasts two floors, an outdoor terrace and butler service with unique hand-crafted bespoke finishes and furniture.

The real knockout is the 5000sq.ft. Royal Penthouse, the largest two-bedroom luxury hotel residence in the capital. It offers an uninterrupted 180 degree view all the way from the soaring towers of the city to the heritage sights in Westminster from its sweeping terrace, complete with loungers and fire pit. Highlights include an imposing entrance hall, an elegant panoramic living room and a high tech study. A private butler’s kitchen and private wine cellar service the unique oval dining room which is clad in facetted and bevelled mirrors. A grand staircase and private lift takes guests to the grand bedrooms with king-sized beds, dressing rooms and bathrooms of honey onyx and Skyros marble.

At 2,205 sq. ft., The Hamilton Penthouse is a tribute to Emma, Lady Hamilton, lover of Lord Nelson, whose famous statue atop Trafalgar Square faces directly into the penthouse suite’s terrace. The elegant residence is decorated in a stunning palette of delicate champagnes, ivories and creams and interspersed with glittering bevelled mirroring. The bespoke furniture includes a hand-made Italian table with jewelled mirror sides, a cocktail cabinet clad in pearlised shagreen and a bedroom vanity chair with sculptural pleats and ruffles.

The spirit of Mantovani lives on through the Musician’s Penthouse. The famed impresario was the resident conductor during the hotel’s former life as the Hôtel Métropole. From the classic Steinway grand piano to the credenza cocktail cabinet, every aspect of this penthouse has been carefully orchestrated to create a harmonious living and entertaining venue.

The Whitehall Penthouse is inspired by Sir Winston Churchill, who on Armistice Day 1918 stood at the window of the building, then used as his own Ministerial office, watching the crowds celebrate below. With the dark oak lime-washed panelling and red leather-panelled bookshelves, the living room and study have the genteel elegance of a refined gentlemen’s club. Outside, on the private terrace with views towards Whitehall and Big Ben, a giant chess set provides diversion from the affairs of state or business.

The Writer’s Penthouse is a stunning retreat for literary inspiration as well as a stylish London residence. Amongst its distinctive features is a unique reading room with a custom-designed two-metre long reading desk crafted from dark walnut with high leather inlay to the desktop.  Around the walls, over a thousand books add to the literary ambiance complemented by artwork featuring handwritten letters. Upstairs in the towering turret linked by a private lift, an internal balcony looks out from the master bedroom across the living space below. Guests can also access the secret roof terrace from the bedroom where views look over London’s finest monuments.

At 1,230 sq. ft., The Explorer’s Penthouse is a character pied à terre that evokes the elegance of the British Empire and the Belle Époque. It features mirror panels and silk-lined bookcases with an eclectic selection of books and artefacts reflecting the finds of the well-travelled guest.

The scene is set in the Actor’s Penthouse in a sumptuous suite with an elegant dark oak-panelled lobby, spacious lounge and sweeping staircase leading to a generous bedroom, bathroom and dressing area. Conveying vintage Hollywood glamour, antique cameras adorn marble display shelves in the bathroom. Stage lighting illuminating the living room is reflected by the mirrored screens across the walls.

With only a small handful of existing top tier suites in London hotels, this collection

of stunning residences sets new standards and is sure to be a popular choice for Middle Eastern guests. 


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