The entrance to the hotel is where you will be greeted by the doorman and have your luggage taken off you before heading past the concierge desk and upstairs to the lobby proper. You'll notice that the surroundings, designed by William Sofield, all contain elements that you'd expect to find in the streets outside: the glass-bottle staircase, cast iron railings and the tall concrete pillars all reflect the urban make-up of the area in which the hotel finds itself. We are certainly fans of this concept, even more so when juxtaposed with other design features such as the various dog statuettes, soft floral displays and giant ornamental bird cages in the seating area to the right of reception. This latter is appointed with comfy sofas, turquoise leather armchairs and foot rests and tall lamp stands and has soft music diffused into the background. The reception desk, which you see immediately as you come up the stairs, is remarkable for the large framed doorway behind it, crowned by a simple clock. The staff here is extremely pleasant and helpful and smartly turned-out to boot.
The hotel has a small 24-hour fitness room equipped with top quality machines for a full workout. There is also a full-service hair salon in the form of Privé which as well as offering hair styling, make-up sessions and manicures and pedicures, also has massage and facial facilities which staff will happily perform in the privacy of your own room for an extra charge. Guests at the hotel receive a 20% discount on all services.
The hotel's public spaces are kept clean and are in good condition. Along the wide, well-lit corridors outside the lifts, you'll find a bowl of apples on every floor, while tea, coffee, newspapers and ice are also available for your convenience.