Spanish hotel group Melia has confirmed that its new flagship luxury London hotel is set to open in December this year.
Part of the group's ME hotel chain brand, the new London premises could see an increase in hotel recruitment in the capital, with the site featuring 157 rooms, 16 suites and several bars and restaurants.
Situated at Marconi House, the original London home of BBC radio, ME London has been designed by architects Foster + Partners and is the first UK hotel project for which they have designed all of the interiors and exteriors.
According to Melia, the room designs feature "contemporary detailing and classic traditions, with a dramatic monochrome palette, as guests move from dark to light spaces".
Nigel Dancey, senior partner at Foster + Partners, explained: "We took the city as our inspiration: the grand scale of Aldwych, the detailing of neighbouring Marconi House, the views over the West End from the roof gardens and drew on these to give ME London's guests a unique experience of London.
"The site is right in the heart of Theatreland and has a fascinating history, most notably as the home of the Gaiety Theatre – we tried to recapture a little of the spirit and glamour of the stage," travelbite.co.uk quoted him as saying.
The hotel will place a strong focus on a high level of customer service, with each guest's stay orchestrated by the dedicated 'aura experience manager' whose job it will be to deliver a bespoke experience to customers.
Restaurants at the ME London will include STK – the first British incarnation of the New York Steakhouse concept – and Cucina Asellina, an Italian restaurant situated on the ground floor.
Meanwhile, there will be a rooftop terrace and lounge bar named Radio, offering 180 degree panoramic views over London, and a lobby bar named Marconi, after Guglielmo Marconi, inventor of the radio.
Berkeley Scott is a leading London hotel recruitment agency