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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 October 2018

Travel briefs: Four hotels to consider visiting in the UK

It might be a “hot” destination in the literal, climatic sense of the word at the moment, but the United Kingdom will always be a popular destination for GCC travellers. The good news is that there are some renovations worth checking out on your next visit.

The Sheraton Park Lane now has a multi-sensory hotel suite. Sheraton Park Lane
The Sheraton Park Lane now has a multi-sensory hotel suite. Sheraton Park Lane

It might be a “hot” destination in the literal, climatic sense of the word at the moment, but the United Kingdom will always be a popular destination for GCC travellers. The good news is that there are some renovations worth checking out on your next visit.

Sheraton Grand London, Park Lane

This Art Deco hotel in Mayfair can lay claim to having one of the first Five Senses Suites in the city. This means that guests will stay in an environment designed to increase the release of endorphins and keep them in a happy state. A Five Senses Concierge greets guests on arrival, offering a choice of the finest quality towels from a limited edition bath linen menu. Guests can choose an aroma – lavender or sea salt – for diffusers and bath salts. Uplifting British jazz music is played through the vintage record player to ease guests through the tough decisions. There is a specially curated Extra Dose of Happiness Menu, a packing and unpacking service and a personal bath butler. Rates start from £1,570 (Dh7,493) per night. www.sheratonparklane.com

InterContinental, London, Park Lane

This luxury property in the heart of Mayfair has just launched The Capital Suite, the first business suite of its kind in London. Situated on the first floor of the renowned hotel, the suite has its own entrance and a private lift. It features two spacious en suite bedrooms, a full-size boardroom and private offices. At 335 square metres it is ideal for business and leisure. There’s a free butler service and plenty of dining options available, too. Rates start from £10,000 (Dh47,618) per night. www.parklane.intercontinental.com/en/capital-suite-london

Corinthia Hotel, London

Rated among London’s best five-star hotels, Corinthia Hotel London has just upped the stakes seven years after opening, with the launch of 11 new Garden and London suites. Designed by G A Design, the new accommodation options complement the existing suites and seven penthouses on the property, which give a residential feel and offer city views from each expansive outdoor terrace. The hotel is also home to the flagship Espa Life at Corinthia, a spa housed across four floors, and a hair salon by Daniel Galvin. Rates start from £1,200 for a Garden Suite (Dh5,702) and £2,760 (Dh13,112) for a London Suite per night. www.corinthia.com/london

University Arms, Cambridge

With the introduction of the London-Stansted route 40 minutes away, the fresh refurbishment of this Autograph Collection hotel on August 1 is right on time. University Arms, Cambridge, has 192 rooms and suites and offers views over historic Regent Street and Parker’s Piece common. The style reflects Edwardian interiors and rooms full of natural light. There are 10 room categories to choose from, including Cosy and Terrace. Rates start from £205 (Dh978) per night. www.universityarms.com

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