The hotel is owned by London restaurant legends Jeremy King and Chris Corbin and officially opened on September 29, 2014.
Evoking the elegance and personalised hospitality of pre-war Mayfair, it is grand in style and yet intimate in feel. With 73 rooms, including 23 suites, a particular feature is ‘ROOM’, a suite in the form of an inhabitable sculpture by Antony Gormley.
The hotel also includes a classic Grill Room, an American Bar, a separate Residents’ Bar and Lounge, a Boardroom, and a Gymnasium and Spa with Hamam.
The 100-seater Colony Grill Room is quite classical in style, taking its lead from the traditional Grill Rooms originally found both in London and New York. The menu features, as well as grills, appropriately classic dishes from both sides of the Atlantic – whether a Caesar salad, grouse with all the trimmings or The Colony’s ‘do-it-yourself’ ice-cream sundae.
The bar at the hotel is naturally an ‘American Bar’, such as was prevalent in London and Paris in the 1920s and early 30s. Specialising in Bourbons and American Whiskies with all cocktails strictly only shaken or stirred – nothing new-fangled! Hemingway & Fitzgerald would have felt at home.
To further explore the hotel and its colourful history, WAYFARER’s Editor-in-Chief James Wilkinson caught up with owner Jeremy King and click on the video below to watch the feature.
WAYFARER flew to Berlin with British Airways. The great British airline flies to Berlin via London and the author recommends flying in Club World (Business Class), which features flat-bed seats, hundreds of hours’ entertainment on demand, a great selection of wine and some of the best meals in the sky.