Some people think that hotels are just for sleeping in, to provide you with somewhere to lay your head when you’re away from home. But an increasing number of hotels, especially newer ones, are rejecting that idea. They say that hotels should not only give you somewhere to sleep and something to eat, but they should host a veritable village of services and amenities.
For example at The Ace Hotel in Shoreditch, you can conduct business at the big table in the lobby, grab a coffee from the café or juice from the juice bar and visit the gym. Or shop at the front desk, venture to the pop-up clothes shop (Opening Ceremony) or maybe Sister Ray Records next door.
Without leaving Shoreditch, you can check out The Boundary, where you can dine, stay the night, have a yoga tutor visit your room and grab some of the best British groceries from the Albion shop next door.
One of the trends that’s picking up a bit of speed is hotels offering hair and beauty services on-site (or just next door). It is of course not that unusual to have a spa or even a hair salon on hotel premises – The Ritz and The Dorchester both have salons. But the nail bar is a newer phenomenon that’s come to several more recent London hotels.
The new Hoxton Holborn hosts Cheeky nail salon on the ground floor.
The trendy boutique provides manicures and pedicures in their neon-decorated nail bar, with six nail stations, three pedicure chairs (who knew there was such a thing?) and a make-up chair. If you have your talons buffed on both your hands and feet, you even get a free drink as you relax on the burnt orange and ombre leather chairs.
Ham Yard Hotel
Another boutique hotel new on the scene this year, which has so far managed to pick up several awards, is the Ham Yard Hotel.
Part of Firmdale Hotels’ collection, the Ham Yard also offers slick nail treatments in their Soholistic Nail Bar. Customers can buy Kit Kemp’s Rik Rak range of bath and body products on their visit to the salon. The cosy nail bar looks like the perfect place for a leisurely manicure and a refined gossip.
Belle Cour Hotel and Spa
At Belle Cour Hotel and Spa in Westminster, they don’t just have a nail bar, but a “nail treatment salon”.
This nail care centre has a wide range of treatments and nail designs, all offered up with a friendly service.
Nail bars are just one of the extra pleasures that hotels are now providing for guests and non-guests alike. Perhaps food and accommodation are no longer enough to satisfy the modern traveller.
Photo credits: Ace Hotel, Hoxton Holborn, Ham Yard Hotel, Belle Cour.