I don’t really know much about the world of sea containers, but after spending a few nights at the magnificent Mondrian Hotel on the edge of the River Thames, I can honestly say that I am very impressed with what you can do with a strong architectural eye. For the duration of London Fashion Week Men’s, I was based in one of the Mondrian’s vast River View Loft Suites which boasted a view so wide that I could see all the way from the Houses of Parliament across to Liverpool Street. Oh, and even 180 Strand across the river which, very conveniently, was the de facto hub of London Fashion Week Men’s.
Our suite itself was like a second home for the long weekend. More than 600 square feet of modern design, it boasted a huge kingsize bed, two huge flatscreen televisions and a separate bath and shower. Throw in a sofa and a very sophisticated minibar and there was very little reason to leave. Annoyingly, I had a few shows to attend, but Katie was happily holed up in the comfort of her surroundings for the majority of the weekend. The main attraction, however, was the panoramic view from the windows; no better place to grab the duvet, a book and a cup of coffee and simply watch the rest of London rush by.
Elsewhere, the Mondrian did not fail to impress. The service from the staff was absolutely impeccable and, being in a fragile and ill state, Katie only had great things to say about the feeling of being at home. Any encounters with the staff from my end were superb; from the check-in at reception, to the Sea Containers Restaurant that contained the a fantastic selection for breakfast. Room Service was always punctual and well above expectations and we genuinely had no complaints at all. Well, apart from the fact that I didn’t quite get around to sampling most of the Dandelyan Bar‘s signature cocktails and that we eventually had to check out on the Tuesday afternoon (which is a good hour or two later than most other hotels).
Staycation’s are always a bit tougher to summarise as the hotel, rather than the city, is the real destination. However, I will definitely be returning to the Mondrian at some point in the near future and highly recommend it as a base from which to properly explore London as a tourist. If you already live here, like myself, then why not treat yourself to an unforgettable view and all the luxuries of living without the hassle of ever lifting a finger? If only all sea containers looked this good.