Without doubt it is the individuality of The Siam that sets it apart. Renowned hotel designer Bill Bensley has incorporated the old with the new and created a unique 5 star hotel, full of charm.
This is not your typical hotel guestroom … with Thai Colonial influences, lamps hanging on black silk ribbons, travel collections … all so very personal.
The elegance of suites with sumptuous furnishings, exquisite detailing and such interesting memorabilia.
Memorabilia that has been collected and sourced for each of the individually themed suites.
Always glimpses to the exotic orchid filled gardens …
Black and white and distinctly Art Deco. Such attention to detail.
I ask the question again, why can’t your average hotel guestroom, or even just the expensive ones, be that little bit more exciting or individual. It isn’t only about the finishes and furnishings … it is about creating spaces that make patrons feel at home or somewhere better than home.
The Langham Hotel, London … just a short stroll from Oxford Street, Regent Street and Marylebone High Street … shops, shops and more shops. This is a very stylish hotel in a fabulous location.
I love the warmth and attention to detail in all the rooms … from the entry level Classic Rooms to Grand Junior Suite. There are of course larger suites, however I simply can’t imagine needing anything larger than the gorgeous Grand Junior suite … particularly when you are out and about shopping and exploring all day.
Grand Junior Suite
I think what I love most is the interesting use of colour throughout … both elegant and adventurous, to say the least. I don’t know why all hotels don’t do doona’s/duvet’s … they are just so inviting. Well actually I do know why. Changing covers still remains a nightmare for housemaids. (Have to say I find it a challenge and only have a couple to do at any one time.)
Lovely to know there is the traditional Palm Court to return to for Tea after all that shopping … or the Artesian for a cocktail before dinner. I do love the exotic Orientalism !!!
A stay at The Langham would not be complete without a stroll through Regent’s Park or a visit to the Wallace Collection (also fabulous Tearoom).
While recharging the batteries last week with a week at the beach, I had the luxury of both starting a new book and devouring as many magazines as I could get my hands on. Fuelled with inspiration and ideas to share, I was then promptly stopped in my tracks … technical problems … the blog was clearly not going to happen from up there. After my initial melt down, I came to the conclusion that it was probably a good thing and maybe I was meant to actually have a holiday.
Anyhow, here I am in my new laid back state of mind … sharing with you some of what caught my eye as I perused. The Como Hotel in Melbourne (boutique hotel in Sth Yarra)has been slowly and quietly, with doors still open, refurbishing. Very much of the moment, this unusual combination of colours is elegant and very clever. I have always loved chocolate brown with duck egg blue and aubergine … but oh that punch of citrus is gorgeous !!
Pure indulgence !!
PS. I think there is something quite luxurious about these deeply buttoned ottomans.
Anouska Hempel has done it again with La Suite West, a luxurious boutique hotel in a beautiful part of London.
Inverness Terrace is just to the north of Hyde Park’s Kensington Gardens.
I have spoken before of her first beautiful boutique hotel in London, Blakes. There have been other hotels in the meantime, however for me, La Suite West combines the best of them all.
There is something in the way Anouska Hempel places cushions, her lamps in the restaurant, the symmetry of the potted plants in the garden or art on the wall … she has a signature style … and it all started with Blakes.
The combination of sleek lines, an asian influence in the detailing and yes .. the symmetry, works beautifully in this elegant London Victorian terrace.
Her very smart colour palette of ‘black and white’ is complimented by the extensive use of luxurious marble and timber finishes and fine detailing.
La Suite West … Anouska Hempel at her best !!
Described as the Shoreditch end of the City of London … this is the part of London where it is all happening. Every new bar, restaurant and hotel that I read a review of, seems to be in this locale.
The very smart Conran designed guestrooms appeal to both business and leisure travellers.
The first hotel venture by the D&D London group, this hotel has 80 guestrooms, two elegant restaurants, three bars (one secret garden bar), roof top terrace and sponsors its own art prize !!!
… and so much to explore beyond the confines of the hotel.