The reviews that I read about the Sanderson remind me of the story of the Emperor's New Clothes. It seems that people think if they criticise the great design of Phillipe Starck they will in some way be seen as luddites. Well luddite I am.
The hotel is a poor office block conversion, the ceilings in the corridors and rooms are so low they are oppressive. The rooms are offices that have a few lace curtains hanging from various places to try to make them look like rooms...it doesn't work, they still look like offices. The bathroom is small and poorly fitted. The lobby is an office lobby...etc...etc. On the same trip I stayed at the Connaught, if these two hotels have the same star rating questions have to be asked of those who do the rating!
There are a few saving graces; a busy bar, a nice malaysian restaurant and superb staff. However, they do not make up for the lousy state of the building. Don't be fooled, if Phillipe Starck hadn't put his name to the design everybody would see it for what it is...a poorly revamped office block.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A lavish "Urban Spa" in the heart of London’s West End, Sanderson offers a retreat from the bustle of the city into a world of fantasy and wellbeing. The landmarked 50s building has been transformed into a surreal Cocteau-like dream world, epitomizing a “new luxury” that is smart, pared down, and tempered with a healthy dose of wit and irony. Sanderson’s indoor/outdoor lobby is a layered and sophisticated environment that is totally original. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- London Sanderson Hotel