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REVIEW: The Metropolitan Hotel

REVIEW: The Metropolitan Hotel

If you’re tired of boutique hotels trying slightly too hard, you’ll love the cool sophistication of the Metropolitan COMO, Old Park Lane.

Clean, minimalist, fuss-free, there are no pretenses here  – 144 outrageously spacious rooms beckon you to shrug off a smoggy day in London and lose yourself in pure, unadulterated relaxation. Cutesy gimmicks and faddy concepts are superseded by consistent quality and subtle indicators of true class – the Egyptian cottton sheets, the postcard perfect view of Hyde Park, speakers in the adjoining bathroom – this is the perfect environment to find true calm in a world that never stops.

There are no busy wallpapers or bizarre works of ‘art’ to distract and provoke guests, no slightly silly concepts designed to add interest. The sheer functionality of the room’s impressive location and amenities covers anything left unsaid by the (arguably rather bland) decor – there is one word I keep returning to when attempting to describe the aura of the place – serene.

Sure, the hotel’s Met bar is frequented by snooty celeb spotters and slightly intimidating, well-to-do city dwellers (guests such as Kim Kardashian attract gossip queens from far and wide) but as soon as you lie on your room’s huge double bed, or visit COMO’s signature Shambhala spa, all is forgotten.

To sum up, the Metropolitan COMO is the apotheosis of stripped down, soothing subtlety. Slip into blissful anonymity from the moment you arrive, with all your needs catered to – you’ll soon feel like you’re the celebrity everyone’s looking around for.

Amy @ FashionBite xx

Amy Everett is FashionBite's food and travel editor, she also writes for national newspapers and magazines including the Guardian Travel, Stylist, Shortlist, Red, Cosmopolitan and more.

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