No more than ten minutes walk from Oxford Circus or the Eurostar terminal at St Pancras and just a short hop away from Heathrow Airport by rail or road, there’s no doubt that the Metropole has a lot going for it for both business and leisure visitors.
A vast hotel of almost Vegas-esque proportions, the Metropole has more than a thousand rooms, varying in size from traditional Hilton-standard guest rooms, through to Executive Lounges and Suites overlooking the bustling streets of London below.
Guestrooms are modern and have the range of high quality facilities that you’d expect from the Hilton brand (think large comfy bed, minibar, desk, large en-suite bathroom and drinks making facilities.) And of course, there’s even high speed internet available if you need to stay connected while you’re away.
An easy to navigate hotel, the complex centres around a large and recently refurbished lobby from which the guestroom towers are served by a series of lifts. Within the complex is a handy general shop as well as bar and restaurants (and a hairdresser) meaning you don’t need to hit the streets of the capital until you’re good and ready.
The hotel has a well presented spa and health club that features a 12.5-metre heated indoor swimming pool, techno gym and steam room.
The Metropole also offers an impressive array of business and conferencing facilities including 17 meeting rooms and a number of conference suites with capacities of up to 1,600 people.
If you are looking for an intimate boutique feel to your stay, this is probably not the place for you. This is a giant of a hotel – and it feels like it. But with its size, location and excellent service there’s a certain swagger to The Metropole that reflects in the gleaming marble and polished brass – serving its visitors very well in the heart of London.
Eating and drinking
Despite being situated in the centre of town within walking distance of umpteen restaurants and pubs – The Metropole still offers two restaurants and three bars.
Fiamma Restaurant, situated off the lobby on the ground floor offers international cuisine, whereas those willing to head to the top of the hotel to Minako at the Met will not only get great views, but an impressive authentic Asian and Asian fusion menu to match.
If you feel like kicking back with the big match after dinner, the Sports Bar is an informal place to have a beer or a cocktail, while the EDG Bar and Lounge offers a slightly more quiet place to meet friends and chat.
The Whisky Lounge, well, I’ll leave you to guess what that does…
Hotel address: 225 Edgware Road, London W2 1JU
Radio Times Travel rating: 8/10
“With its size, location and excellent service there’s a certain swagger to The Metropole that reflects in the gleaming marble and polished brass – serving its visitors very well in the heart of London.”
Radio Times Travel stayed as a guest of the hotel in 2014. For more details about this hotel and to find the latest room prices, please visit the official website.