As the name suggests, it is a conversion of a former Town Hall building. Architecturally, it is an absolute gem. The fact it’s right opposite a council housing estate only adds to the impact, because the moment you walk in you feel that you have entered a completely different world.
The hotel’s grand building somehow cocoons you within its walls…a sensation heightened as you step inside one of its ultra-modern rooms. The first thing you notice is that rarest of commodities – space. In this sense it’s reminiscent of the Rafayel – recently reviewed on this blog.
The hotel’s design really stands out in the clever, contemporary way that light, space and functionality are maximised. I was particularly excited about seeing the former council chamber – the De Montfort Suite.
To call it “roomy” is an understatement as the pictures confirm – it is reputed to be London’s largest one bedroom suite. Currently available for around £2500 per night, it’s actually quite a bit cheaper than the flagship premium suites at many other luxury London hotels.
It’s an odd thing to say about a room which once hosted council meetings, but it actually feels like a fantastic honeymoon suite – with its myriad levels, raised bed and interesting sunken bathtub.
And in a market where new luxury properties are constantly entering the fray, this suite definitely has the wow factor – particularly for those who don’t mind being in the gritty East End rather than the glitzy West End.
You really do get the maximum bang for your buck here if you don’t mind about the location. But with the Michelin-starred Viajante restaurant in the hotel and such amazing rooms, you may not need to go out much anyway.
Photo credits: Town Hall Hotel.