COMO’s Metropolitan Hotel on Park Lane review | spa hotel, London
The quick read: COMO’s cool and contemporary Metropolitan Hotel on Park Lane offers an impressive range of holistic treatments and access to top notch international therapists at its COMO Shambhala Urban Escape. Uncluttered, calming suites have huge windows with views across to Hyde Park, the staff are charming, there’s a buzzy bar and divinely healthy Japanese restaurant Nobu is on the first floor.
The quick read: COMO’s cool and contemporary Metropolitan Hotel on Park Lane offers an impressive range of holistic treatments and access to top notch international therapists at its COMO Shambhala Urban Escape. Uncluttered, calming bedrooms and suites have huge windows with views across to Hyde Park, the staff are charming, there’s a buzzy bar and the divinely healthy Japanese restaurant Nobu is on the first floor.
More on the spa: A lovely set of six lily-white rooms, the COMO Shambhala Urban Escape offers a range of nourishing signature massages, holistic therapies and beauty treatments including Dr Perricone facials. Sipping their strong signature ginger tea in the futuristic all-white reception area, you’ll feel a million miles away from the city on your doorstep. Leave yourself time to peruse the range of delectable wellbeing products on offer (which include yoga clothes and some gorgeous necklaces you’ll want to splash out on).
More on the international therapists: You can book to see life coach Toby Maguire here on a Stress Free Success mini day retreat or for a one to one session. He draws on his background in life coaching, hypnotherapy, acupuncture, nutrition, massage, meditation and as a Tai Chi instructor spanning over 20 years to help you rebalance your life so you use your passions, strengths and talents to their full potential.
Other international therapists on offer at The Met include intuitive counsellor Susan King, who will help you feel grounded and get perspective on your issues, and energy healer Paul Lennard. The spa also runs its own Time Well Spent wellbeing workshops from time to time, which feature experts such as Tri-Dosha’s founder Sunita Passi.
How was it for us: I’ve stayed at The Met a few times now, and always been well looked after by the discreet and knowledgeable staff. Most recently I visited with my family and we adored our serene, uncluttered suite on the 9th floor with its COMO toiletries and yoga mats, our wonderfully healthy breakfasts each morning and the attentions of two brilliant concierges.
Highlights for me personally included an enlightening private life coaching session with Toby Maguire. I first encountered Toby at The Body Holiday on St Lucia a few years ago, where he provided a much-needed gentle guiding presence. In our session at The Met we focused on my career – and most specifically, finances. He was very clear and to the point, listened beautifully and was very human and real in his responses – a great combination in a coach. After an engaging hour over some delicious green tea, I had a much clearer idea about where to put my energy and what parts of my work I needed to leave behind me once and for all.
What’s lowly: There’s no pool or spa wet area at The Met – though you can book the use of a private steam room.
Insider tip: Be sure to book way ahead for all visiting international therapists as they are not always available.
Costs: From £199 +VAT per room per night per room B&B. Day guests can book treatments (£75 for an aromatherapy massage). An 8 hour workshop with Toby Maguire costs £450 pp including lunch – see Toby Maguire.
Reviewed by Caroline Sylger Jones
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