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Old Park Lane, W1 020 7447 1000 www.metropolitan.como.bz This minimalist upstart caused a stir when it joined the luxury line-up overlooking Hyde Parkin 1997; it was the first new hotel to open on Park Lane for two decades. Its understated chic hasn’t dated a bit. Armani-clad staff waft around the cream lobby, with its i93os-inspired club chairs. Rooms are contemporary yet comfortable, with blond-wood furniture, harmonious pale fabrics, and plenty of light London weather permitting streaming through the plate-glass windows. The Metropolitan has all the amenities you would expect from a top-class hotel – glamorous marble bathrooms, Internet access, CD players, DVDs on request – plus some fabulous extras” that make it a bit more special. The health club offers holistic treatments using the natural COMO Shambhala products devised at the hotel’s Caribbean sister resort. As a guest, you’re assured entry to the tiny members-only Met Bar – a notorious celebrity hotspot in the 1990s, which still draws a cool clientele. The Michelin-starred modern Japanese restaurant Nobu see p34 is literally on your doorstep. Expensive Durrants authentic Georgian George Street, W1 020 7935 8131 www.durrantshotel.co.uk Established in 1790, Durrants, in trendy Marylebone, is appealingly old-fashioned. The hotel has a warren of rooms spread across several terraced houses. Antiques and old prints feature heavily. Bathrooms, thankfully, are comfortably modern. The restaurant and bar have the air of a gentlemen’s club. Moderate
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