You and your spouse are in the Bassoon Bar in the heart of London, sipping on a pair of perfectly balanced martinis. The two of you are listening to the piano player and enjoying the chic atmosphere, happy to be out in the city and away from the kids. Except, you’re not really out — you’re at your hotel, the Corinthia London. And the kids are upstairs, happily playing on the Nintendo Wii in your room.
And what a room it is: elegantly appointed, with delicate linens, a flat screen TV on the wall, heated marble floors in the bathroom, and a window that presents you with a stunning view of the Thames. But the Corinthia is overtly family-friendly, too. The hotel offers complimentary Wii and Playstation consoles, child-sized robes and slippers, and children’s DVDs, books, and board games. You were easily able to request interconnected rooms so there would be plenty of space for both parents and offspring, and kids’ menus are available at any time.
With so much to occupy your little darlings, you can relax at the hotel’s exquisite afternoon tea, nibbling crispy watercress sandwiches, warm scones, and the citrusy-sweet lemon meringue. And if you and your spouse decide to go for a night out at the theater, the concierge has offered to help make babysitting arrangements.
The Corinthia’s location is kid-friendly, too. Right near Trafalgar Square, mere steps from Covent Garden, close to the theaters of the West End, it’s near basically everything a visitor might want to see during a London trip. It’s a huge relief to simply walk over to most of the city’s attractions without having to herd your family onto the Tube or call for a car and sit in traffic. Your kids, in particular, will want to check out the Hamleys Toy Shop on Regent Street or head to the ice cream wonderland of the Häagen-Dazs flagship store in Leicester Square. And when the kids (or parents) get worn out and need a break, it’s fantastically easy to drop into the Corinthia for some much-needed relaxation.
Most importantly, Corinthia has a notably non-stuffy atmosphere. No one’s going to glare at your kids’ displays youthful exuberance. Which is a very good thing, as they’re bouncing with excitement to stay here. Truth be told, you’re a little giddy yourself.