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By Chris Boyle


Residing on elegant Park lane and overlooking Hyde Park’s urban oasis with floor-to-ceiling windows, the Metropolitan offers a cool haven for elite travelers to the British capital.

The city’s most glamorous neighborhoods are a short walk away, including mayfair, Knightsbridge and Piccadilly.

Numerous suites overlook verdant Hyde Park, and all guest rooms and public areas offer complimentary high-speed wireless internet access. the Japanese-Peruvian restaurant Nobu buzzes at lunch and dinner with devotees of its spectacular michelinstar cuisine. the Met Bar, a sultry lounge bar with live DJs and memorable martinis, is a cult classic among the music, media and fashion crowd.

For a quieter moment, retreat to the COMO Shambhala Urban Escape, offering a full range of holistic, Asian-inspired therapies including Reiki and reflexology, in addition to yoga and a fully equipped private gym.



  • Square footage: 1,184
  • Nightly rate: £2,800 (about $4,604) for one-bedroom configuration; £3,200 (about $5,261) for two-bedroom configuration, plus VAT


Number of rooms in suite: Three

Number of entrances to suite: Two

Number of baths: One and one half-bath; the master bathroom features a free-standing bathtub, expansive shower and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the park

Suite style: The contemporary penthouse-style suite offers an urban escape in the busy capital. the soothing color palette of the spacious lounge, dining room and master bedroom is complemented by the surrounding Japanese rock garden. Furnishings include a stunning Italian-made chaise longue. Designed by united Designers.

Key selling points: The spacious suite on London’s exclusive Park lane offers undisturbed, dramatic floor-to-ceiling views over Hyde Park. High-tech detailing includes a large 50-inch plasma TV in the lounge with Bose surround sound and iPod docking station. guests also enjoy a private butler service.

Number of suites in hotel: 31



COMO Shambhala Urban Escape: This retreat provides a counterpoint to london’s urban energy and is designed for those seeking greater health through yoga and related treatments.

There is a fully equipped gym, two treatments rooms and separate male and female steam rooms. Choose from among como shambhala’s blissful Asian-based therapies, many of which employ como shambhala products, formulated with pure organic essential oils and herbs.

Most requested therapist: Samantha West

Signature treatments: Como Shambhala Signature Massage, como shambhala PuRiFY Facial, Pre-natal massage


Noula Friend, Spa Director



Nobu: Nobu serves delectable Michelin-starred Japanese- Peruvian cuisine by celebrated chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa.


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