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The rooms at the Sanderson are all white.
The Sanderson Hotel belongs to the Morgans Hotel Group and is certainly one of the most stylish hotels in London. As well as hotels all over America, the group also own St Martins Lane in Covent Garden. The Sanderson opened in 2000 and has gained a few celebrity fans over the years including the late Amy Winehouse, Cheryl Cole and Anne Hathaway.
I spent the night there last month to see how it compared to other 5-star London hotels. Location-wise the hotel couldn’t be better, situated up a side street off Oxford Street, just 5 minutes from Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Circus tube stations. From outside the hotel looks anything but appealing: the street it’s on isn’t very pretty and the 1950s building looks glum. But luckily that all changes when you step inside.
Reception is bright and airy with modern, arty furniture dotted around. There’s even a plastic pod style swing to sit in whilst you wait. The hotel has 150 rooms and suites split into 11 different types, starting with a standard room and ending with the highest-priced apartments. I stayed in a standard double room located on the 4th floor.
The hotel corridors are dark and lined with plush purple carpets and black walls. However the room interiors couldn’t be more different. Everything seems to be white – the bed, walls, curtains, bathroom tiles, TVs, iPod dock, cupboards, desk and towels. In fact those who have visited the new W London hotel rooms will see the resemblance immediately.
Even the smaller rooms are generous in size, with queen-sized beds and bathrooms big enough for two people to be in at once. There is also a small hanging wardrobe for your clothes and a desk should you need to work. The minibars are well stocked, full of anything you might ever need: a selection of alcohol, nuts, gummy bears, crisps, a plug adapter, contraception, sexy toys, t-shirts, toothbrushes and lots more.
A set of weights can be found in each room in case you fancy working on your abs. We couldn’t find fault with the rooms until we tried to get online (£10 for 24 hours) – what is it with these 5-star hotels and their WiFi?
That aside, the Sanderson proved to be a comfortable stay. And if you fancy some celebrity spotting you can always check out either of the hotel’s bars – The Purple Bar or The Long Bar; as well as the hotel’s Malaysian restaurant Suka or the hip billiards room which has a free pool table and wild furniture. The hotel is ideal for couples visiting London as it provides a comfy stay near the main tourist hubs and transport links.
If anyone at the hotel is reading this, please sort out free WiFi for guests: we’re well into the 21st century now and any 5 star hotel which charges for this basic amenity detracts from all the hard work it puts in elsewhere.
Photo credits: Sanderson Hotel.
Disclosure: Jules was a guest of the Sanderson Hotel.