This five star hotel deserves everyone one of its stars! First class service, first class accommodation, first class restaurants, first class venue.
My partner and I recently held our wedding celebrations at the Corinthia, having searched all over for a venue with that wow factor, and that could offer us a modern Italian twist, the Corinthia delivered this and more by the bucket. Claire Bowpitt, our event co-ordinator was just fabulous, handling every detail personally.
We choose to check in a day early for our celebrations, the idea being that we would spoil ourselves to a little rest prior to our big day, and take advantage of the hotels stunning spa facilities and dinner at the Corinthia's Italian restaurant, Massimo that evening (Massimo's was after all the main reason we had booked the Corinthia for our big day). On arrival we were meet at the front door by Claire, and the doorman busied themselves unloading our luggage, treating us like visiting royalty. Our first surprise came when Claire took us up to our room, to find out that she had upgraded us to one of the hotels premier penthouse suites!! To say it was stunning was understatement, it was 800sq feet of pure indulgence, we could have held our ceremony in our suite it was so big. Split over two floors, with a living room and guest toilet on the lower floor, and a bedroom, bathroom and dressing room to die for on the upper floor, it was just out of this world. We were then introduced to our personal butler, who would take care of anything we needed!! When we were finally left alone, we just looked at one another and said "someone's made a mistake, they will be back shortly to move us to our correct room" but we soon settled in.....
The afternoon was spent enjoying our surroundings, a fabulous light lunch in the foyer under the amazing chandelier, followed by a few of hours pampering ourselves in the spa facilities, which were better than any "spa" hotel I have ever been too, drinks in the courtyard, and finally dinner in Massimo's.
I should maybe explain, my partner is Sicilian, and loves his food. Massimo's is without doubt one of the best Italian restaurants in London, the food is simply sablime. Claire had booked us a table, and what followed was 3hours of eating some of the best food and drinking some of the best wine that Italy can offer. We were joined for dinner by Vito my partners brother, who after dessert gave the chef the ultimate Italian compliment, "it was better than home".
The next day was our big day. The service was scheduled for 4.30pm, so when we came down at 10am, we were expecting the court room and Ballroom to be empty. How wrong we were, the set up was nearly complete! No stress, no errors, no problems. Claire gave us a quick tour and introduced us to the key staff, it was just so perfect. The hotels florist had done a wonderful job, and our own florist and AV company were just finishing, it all looked just perfect. Having meet our best men for lunch, all that was left for us to do was change for dinner.
The day flew by, with one compliment after the next from our guests. The service over dinner was just fantastic, the staff were impeccable, and the food was as good as massimo, with our 100 guests all saying that they were just blown awa. It was truly an evening we will remember for the rest of our lives.
The Corinthia is not cheep, but its worth absolutely every penny, and it is good value. First class service, first class food, first class accommodation, this truly is a first class hotel!
Go, you will remember the experience long after you have forgotten the price!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 294 exceptionally designed and spacious bedrooms and suites, among the largest in London, offering outstanding views of the River Thames, London Eye and Trafalgar Square. A specialty seafood restaurant, a modern British restaurant, a destination bar and a world class Spa, ESPA Life at Corinthia. Corinthia Hotel London will offer guests a lavish retreat in timeless beauty in a historic yet vibrant location. ... more less
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