Indulge in the Metropolitan way of life: fresh, stylish, energetic. The Metropolitan in London is among the capital s most enduring design phenomena, a hotel that combines cool looks and cosseting service with a contemporary mindset, putting it squarely on the map of travellers seeking to be at the centre of the action. From floor-to-ceiling windows, look out over a glittering skyline, comfortable in the knowledge you are standing right where it matters - on Park Lane, with the city s best bar and restaurant in the very same building. A contemporary hotel with an enduring design aesthetic. The hotel s sleek yet serene urban image combines soft whites, pear-wood panelling, suede upholstery and pure Egyptian cottons. Colours are subtle, featuring cosseting mauves and warm plum. Carefully selected pieces of antique Asian furniture introduce soft, Eastern accents. This is the work of Keith Hobbs, regarded as a true innovator in hotel design for the modern generation. Natural light floods the spaces, while walls of glass draw you into the city. The Japanese- Peruvian restaurant, Nobu, buzzes at lunch and dinner with devotees of its Micehelin-starred cuisine. The Met Bar is a cult classic among the music, media and fashion crowd, a sultry lounge bar and club with live DJs and memorable Martinis. For a quieter moment, retreat to the intimate and newly renovated COMO Shambhala Urban Escape offering a full-range of holistic, Asian-inspired therapies in addition to yoga and a fully-equipped private gym. It is an uplifting perspective, proof of simplicity s power, and the chic appeal of understatement. It is your private haven at the heart of the metropolis, a place to retreat to when the need for quiet comes upon you.
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