Food and drink
The flagship Al Mar restaurant is a place you would visit whether you are staying at the hotel or not. Sumptuous interiors are all made up of Art Deco pendant lights, hardwood floors, dusty pink cabins, and dark, deep velvet chairs; service is fun and affable without being overbearing, and Italian executive chef Marco Calenzo’s relatively concise menu (fresh from London’s Zuma) includes fresh seafood, meat and pasta dishes: black truffle rigatoni, the king crab and the veal chops are noteworthy. , better followed by Tiramisu or Greek yogurt with ice cream. The kitchen is also happy to meet your appetite, serving smaller portions if you want to try an extra dish between yourselves. Don’t miss the chef’s crackling fresh pastries in the morning – or the personalized message in the mousse of your white dish (or the initials in the big ice cube included in your cocktail the night before).
The nearby downstairs restaurant, The Chinoiserie, serves perhaps the finest afternoon tea we’ve come across: a rainbow of crustless sandwiches served on flower-filled porcelain plates. pastel in the 18th century style suggested by the name of the restaurant. Tea is served until 5:45 p.m. later than most hotels in London, and it’s surprisingly busy in the early evening. A herbal tea collaboration with Kew Gardens should be launched soon.
For those who know it, the most notable feature of the hotel is the 20m swimming pool on the second floor, in natural light, with a double height glass ceiling, overlooking the architectural mishmash of the city, lined with cabana beds and equipped with a raised Jacuzzi. . Although we found the pool a bit cool (28C), there were fantastic toiletries in the changing rooms – and that was an excuse to have a hot steaming shower in the room afterwards. One of Dubai’s best spas, the London branch of Talise has five remarkably large treatment rooms, with Aromatherapy Associates sessions, 11Skin massages, and Omorovicza facials on the menu.
All rooms include access to the Peak Fitness Club as well as the swimming pool, hammam and spa. On the eighth and ninth floors, it lives up to its name with phenomenal views perfect to watch as you cycle those miles. The Members Club Lounge, with its mighty curved glass wall, windows, wood paneling and pendant lights, is like a wonderful London secret – one of the finest places to read the paper and sip coffee above noise below.