Fresh Picks: London Calling

- Joy Pecknold, Passport blog editor

Fresh Picks features the latest luxury properties admitted into the Kiwi Collection. This week, it’s three London hotels that recently joined our ranks. If you’re looking for a posh place to rest your head during the 2012 Summer Olympics, perhaps one of these will “suite” your fancy.

The Bulgari Hotel, London
It’s the first new luxury hotel to be built in the British capital in 40 years, and what a building it is. Set to open June 1, 2012, one can expect opulent touches befitting a long-standing luxury brand. The work of Italian architect Antonio Citterio, the hotel also boasts plenty of silver flourishes—a nod to Bulgari’s silversmith beginnings—and bespoke silk curtains. There’s also a sumptuous spa, screening room, cigar shop, library and restaurant to further aid la dolce vita.

Thompson Hotels took over a tired tower, breathing cool, new life into its bones. It opened in February, and expect the casual, young, hip, going-places crowd to inhabit it. For those who like to combine a long soak with seeing the sights, request a room with a window tub. British designer Tara Bernerd did the modern-meets-bohemian interiors and she’s got a thing for aubergine and Union Jacks. With room rates starting at £143, it’s the most penny-friendly of the three.

The Stafford London
She’s not new, in fact she’s a century old, but she last year she got a facelift and she’s looking better than ever. The Kempinski Group put six million pounds into perking up the property. To celebrate its 100 years, there is a £100,000 VIP package on offer which includes a three-night stay in a Penthouse suite, a significant dining credit, private car (Rolls, Jaguar, or Bentley limousine to pick from), tasting and five-course dinner in their 380-year old wine cellar, custom clothing (courtesy of Henry Poole, Lock & Co. Hatters, and jeweler Patrick Wyatt), photo shoot with photographer Alistair Morrison, half-day spa treatment, boat tour of the Thames, and more. Or for just a room (plus a Kiwi Advantage bottle of champagne and possible upgrade), rates start at £280.

For more London hotel scoop, read:
Hotel Intel: The Race for 2012 Olympics Overnighters, London Hotel Properties Prepare

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