Daily life gets in the way of languishing in a bubble bath for hours. But when you take a city break, you can spend as much time as you want pampering yourself before heading down for dinner. That’s why a good hotel bathroom is so important. Here are a few of the best bathrooms in the capital…
The Shangri-La’s Iconic City View Room
Talk about a room with a view! We can think of no better place to relax than the bathroom in The Shard’s Iconic City View Room.
The bathroom boasts floor to ceiling windows, affording you an incredible vista of the Thames, Tower Bridge and Westminster. Don’t worry, you’re too high up for anyone to be able to see in. Just imagine adding your favourite bubbles or oils to the bath, taking a glass of wine in with you and enjoying the views of London’s twinkly night-time lights as you bathe.
New Providence Wharf Penthouse
Another bathroom with an equally stunning view is the one in the New Providence Wharf Penthouse. Here, you get to bathe on the 7th floor while looking out over the O2 arena.
We can’t imagine you’ll want to gaze at anything other than the views. But there is also a Samsung television and DVD player in the bathroom if you want to watch your favourite movie in the bath.
There can be fewer things more romantic if you’re travelling with that extra special someone than a bath in the bedroom.
The Portobello Hotel’s “Exceptional Room”, with its roll-top tub and pretty yellow décor, is simply lovely. In the centre of Notting Hill, the hotel has just 21 bedrooms, each individually decorated. It’s no wonder then that it has been a favourite with music, showbiz and fashion types since 1971.
It may not boast the biggest bathrooms in the capital, but they are certainly some of the most technologically-advanced.
Eccleston Square made it onto our list for its clever use of technology in the bathroom. SmartGlass shower walls turn from clear to frosted, if you want extra privacy, at just the touch of a button. And there are flat-screen televisions concealed in the bathroom mirror.
The Royal Penthouse at the Corinthia
For pure opulence, it’s hard to beat the bathroom in the Corinthia’s Royal Penthouse. The master suite bathroom has a mosaic floor of honey-coloured onyx and walls of yellow Skyros marble.
It’s a style which manages to be both impressive and homely. There’s a freestanding egg-shaped 2.2m long Apaiser stone bath and a big walk-in shower but our favourite feature is the enclosed gas fire. To take your pampering even further, take advantage of the private spa suite with its own treatment bed for spa treatments without leaving the penthouse.
The Royal Suite at the Mandarin Oriental
The Mandarin Oriental’s Royal Suite bathroom really has the wow factor. Made pretty much entirely from marble, the bathroom features a big and beautiful fibre optic chandelier.
There’s a television at one end of the huge bath, so you can relax with a movie, catch up on your favourite soap or switch on some music while bathing. There’s also a steam room, a power shower and his and hers vanity units with plenty of room for all your pampering products.
An incredible bathroom is just as important to a luxury hotel stay as fine food, fluffy bathrobes and the comfiest of beds. Whether you’re a like-to-languish in a bubble bath kind of person or you prefer a power shower, there’s sure to be a luxury bathroom to suit you at one of London’s top hotels.
Photo credits: leyla.a, Shangri-La at The Shard, Radisson Edwardian New Providence Wharf, Portobello Hotel, Eccleston Square Hotel, Corinthia Hotel, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park.