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Thursday, 28 July 2011

Myhotel Bloomsbury

Myhotel Bloomsbury uses a plain but attractive layout and decor to welcome its guests. Despite sitting in the hubbub of Bloomsbury in the centre of London, this hotel is somewhat removed and acts as an antidote to the hectic London lifestyle, encouraging you to sit back and enjoy the tranquillity.

Bloomsbury is one of three; following its success, other branches in Chelsea and Brighton opened. The design in Bloomsbury is smart and professional with fully equipped stylish meeting rooms on site should you wish to use them. Feng shui principles are vital to myhotel’s clever calming strategy, with the careful arrangement apparently allowing you to realign your chi naturally while you sleep. I’m a bit of a sceptic on these matters, but I certainly woke up feeling well rested and clear-headed.

A tangle of one way streets makes myhotel tricky to get to by car, but it is only a few minutes walk away from Tottenham Court Road, and Goodge Street tube stations. When we arrived in the evening, the hotel lobby was quiet and empty, but a large candle was alight on the table filling the room with the most divine exotic aroma. The staff at reception seemed a little dazed by our arrival, and took a while to respond to our booking, but eventually directed us up to our allocated room on the fourth floor.

Our room was amazingly spacious with a massive king size bed standing majestically in the centre of the room with convenient side tables on either side. Decorated in natural woody shades, with generous wardrobe space and a decent sized desk for workaholics, our room had all the necessities. On a wooden chest were a collection of complimentary glossy magazines, and a few little chocolate and strawberry brownies sat with a welcoming note on the table. I really appreciate a room with ample natural light; some hotels really suffer in this area but our myhotel room had large windows that allowed the sunlight to stream wonderfully through the space.

Our bathroom was aesthetically minimal but with a touch of Eastern influence. Pristine, decorated with smart tiles, the bathroom was a lovely place to relax and beautify. The toiletries are particularly supreme at myhotel, a Bee Kind assortment included shampoo and conditioner, body moisturiser and shower gel; I was also given a cute Gilchrist & Soames pot of bath salts that I used for a luxuriously restorative bath. Cosy white bath robes were provided, to add to the comfort of the experience.

For dinner there are numerous choices in Bloomsbury and Soho: Merkaba is located in the hotel and offers Pan-Asian food and cocktails, of if you are a Thai food junkie like me, Busaba Eathai is just across the road. Unfortunately when we tried to use our TV in the evening it wasn’t working properly, so instead we used the high quality speakers to plug in my ipod and listen to a bit of Newton Faulkner before bed, while perusing the stack of magazines.

We wandered down at 10ish for a late breakfast which was served in the Merkaba restaurant, and on this sunny Sunday morning the area was full to the brim. The front windows were open onto the glowing sunshine, the tables spilling into the street like a Parisian cafe. A generous continental breakfast buffet was available to pick and choose from: fresh fruit, cereals, delicious pastries, yoghurt, toast and juices. We tried an assortment and I can particularly recommend the crumbly pastries: soft, buttery and utterly delicious. Our cappuccinos arrived with the cocoa dusting on top in the shape of the word ‘my,' a sweet touch that excited me more than I think the waitress expected it to!

If I had more time I would have indulged in a facial in the Jinja treatment room downstairs. At £40 for an express (40 minutes) facial it is the perfect pick me up for stressed city faces, and will leave you feeling totally refreshed.

Myhotel rates are impressively competitive, with deals starting around £100 for a night. As the name, myhotel suggests these hotels indulge you with simple pleasures while providing a home away from home. Visit website and book here.

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