Luxury Hotels

London – Jakarta – St Michael’s MD

Mayfair Townhouse in London is a big surprise.  Girlahead called by and was welcomed by Federico Campi, GM of the 170-room hotel, left above, seen with his boss, Andrew Stembridge, Executive Director of Iconic Luxury Hotels.  Seen also is a lifesize Swarvoski diamond, one of over 500 whimsical artworks.  As they say, a simple name tells you where and what this new-look luxury hotel is, and balance that with such one-offs as this bird, and a lifesize portrait of Byron working on a tablet.  So, why IS this new-look luxury?  There’s a more-than-first-class 24/7 fitness studio, with a pair of Technogym interactive bikes that meant Girlahead was able to ‘cycle’ Cappadocia at dusk. Other memorable highlights are no restaurant, here, but a sexy bar that serves food – and 22 sensational rooftop-loft single bedrooms, Queen-sized beds, Farrow & Ball painted eves, an overall cosy and unisex appeal. See the video below

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No-one should assume that a new restaurant ‘promises to be a new culinary destination’. Who promises whom?  There is no room for arrogance in luxury hospitality.  Girlahead came across this in London this week, with one forthcoming opening assuming it will be the best. Be that as it may, let us ditch PR-speak – we can blame egocentric hype on ‘PR people’ rather than operating hoteliers.  When it comes to new restaurant, Girlahead salutes The Langham Jakarta for choosing to work with London-based Tom Aikens as he is actually a thoroughly nice guy. He will open Tom’s on the  62nd floor of the hotel.

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The Inn at Perry Cabin, just under two hours’ drive from Washington DC, only goes up, at most, to three floors. Down at ground level, however, watch for many innovations, including what sounds like a food truck.  All will be revealed next week (good, Girlahead loves the occasional surprise).  Watch this space.

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And now, back to The Mayfair Townhouse