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Top 3 London hotels for funky bathrooms.

by Rajul on May 27, 2011

The Dame Nellie Bathroom at The Gore Hotel is one of the most original in London

Forget the hype about grand lobbies, posh restaurants and fancy amenities – the epitome of 5 star luxury for me is an outstanding bathroom.

And I’m not referring only to the most expensive suites…if you’re paying a top-end room rate, then great bathrooms ought to come as standard. But lovely bathrooms in London hotels in standard rooms are fairly rare.

So it’s a good job that London Hotels Insight has identified 3 hotels where you’ll get cutting-edge contemporary, traditionally quirky or ultra-spacious bathrooms almost every time (though do always double-check with the hotel before your specific room is allocated to avoid disappointment).

1. The Rafayel on the Left Bank

This is a relatively new hotel by the river in Battersea – already mentioned on this blog for its eco-luxury and display of interesting art.  But did you know the Rafayel also has some gorgeous and quite swanky contemporary bathrooms?  The author of our recent review of the Rafayel found the showers a bit complex to operate – but they are certainly generous in size!

On a recent tour I was also shown a luxurious accessible bathroom (London definitely needs a lot more good-quality accessible hotel rooms).  Do note though that the Rafayel’s bathrooms tend to have showers rather than bathtubs – one of many eco-friendly measures in place.

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Early guest reviews of the Rafayel seem to suggest that its claim of "luxury plus eco-friendly" is not without substance

Fabulous bathrooms come as standard at the Rafayel Hotel

2. The Town Hall Hotel

This is another one of those newish luxury hotels in slightly shabby areas.  But when you step inside you simply have to say “wow”, as we did when we visited its glorious De Montfort Suite recently.  That particular £2500 a night room had a sunken bathtub to die for.

But the hotel’s brilliant bathrooms are not confined to its most expensive suites.  I saw four rooms across its full price range during my visit and all had impressive contemporary bathrooms.  As an added bonus, the Town Hall Hotel’s Viajante restaurant won a Michelin star earlier this year.

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The Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green offers uncompromisingly luxurious bathrooms with masses of space

3. The Gore Hotel

The Gore is one of those understated gems you hardly ever hear about.  But those in the know are well-aware of its quirky and original bathrooms.  Being independently-run, every room and bathroom is distinctive – the antithesis of a cookie-cutter chain hotel.

This charming hotel has attentive staff and a buzzing bar/bistro and is handily positioned between Knightsbridge and Kensington.

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Another of the rather distinctive hotel bathrooms at The Gore

Finally, what would be the use of great hotel bathrooms if you didn’t have the best London hotel toiletries to go in them?

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Photo credits: Town Hall Hotel, Gore Hotel, Rafayel on the Left Bank Hotel.

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