AC­COM­MO­DA­TION BUZZ

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE -

Opened less than a month ago in the metic­u­lously re­stored for­mer Port of Lon­don Author­ity head­quar­ters, the cap­i­tal’s sec­ond Four Sea­sons ho­tel brings with it a restau­rant helmed by three­Miche­lin-starred French chef Anne-So­phie Pic.

Host­ing the in­au­gu­ral re­cep­tion of the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly in 1946 and re­cently star­ring in James Bond’s Sky­fall, this land­mark build­ing near the Tower of Lon­don is home to 100 ur­bane gue­strooms and 41 pri­vate res­i­dences.

The look at the Four Sea­sons Ho­tel Lon­don at Ten Trin­ity Square is dis­creetly lux­u­ri­ous (beds come with a choice of three mat­tress top­pers) and the lay­out is dic­tated by the stric­tures of the 1922 listed build­ing.

Each rooms is kit­ted out with an iPad, Ne­spresso ma­chine, free Wi-Fi and toi­letries by young Paris-based English per­fumer James Hee­ley (or Bot­tega Veneta in the suites).

An im­pres­sive day spa opens in April, fea­tur­ing eight treat­ment rooms, a ham­mam, vi­tal­ity pool, steam room, sauna and 14m in­door pool; the 24-hour fit­ness cen­tre is al­ready up and run­ning.

Meet­ing plan­ners have ac­cess to the beau­ti­ful ball­room, host to the UN assem­bly, with views over the Tower of Lon­don and Thames and re­stored to its gleam­ing wood-pan­elled glory.

DON’T MISS: A cock­tail in the glam­orous Ro­tunda with its strik­ing art deco domed ceil­ing. We like the sound of the For­get Me Not mix with Ply­mouth gin, sparkling wine, Earl Grey tea, co­rian­der seed and or­ange flower.

DIN­ING IN: Ten Trin­ity’s sig­na­ture restau­rant La Dame de Pic Lon­don is headed by Pic, the only fe­male chef in France to hold three Miche­lin stars. She is the daugh­ter of Miche­lin-starred master Jac­ques Pic and grand­daugh­ter of leg­endary chef An­dre Pic. Here she over­sees a chic but re­laxed estab­lish­ment where the best Bri­tish and lux­ury im­ported in­gre­di­ents get the French treat­ment. Menu stand­outs in­clude pasta parcels with lightly smoked Pe­lar­don cheese (from the Langue­docRous­sil­lon re­gion), wild mush­rooms and Voat­siper­ifery, a rare, wild pep­per from Mada­gas­car. Sig­na­ture desserts in­clude an am­brosial white mille-feuille with Tahi­tian vanilla cream, jas­mine jelly and pep­per foam. A classy Asian restau­rant with a sushi bar is set to open in May.

DIN­ING OUT: Sushisamba (Ja­panese, Brazil­ian, Peru­vian sushi mashup in the Heron Tower) and Sky Gar­den for bril­liant city views. Just across the Thames you’ll find Lon­don’s fa­mous Bor­ough Mar­ket, the per­fect spot to sam­ple the very best of Bri­tish fare.

ASK THE CONCIERGE: A tour of the Tower of Lon­don led by one of the Yeo­man Warders (or beefeaters) is a must. Many of these splen­did chaps are great racon­teurs and could moon­light as co­me­di­ans. More: vis­itbri­tain.com/au.

CHECK­ING IN: In­tro­duc­tory room rates April 28 from £344 ($559), in­clud­ing VAT. More: foursea­sons.com/ten­trin­ity.

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ALSO TRY: Four Sea­sons Ho­tel Gre­sham Palace Bu­dapest; The Gains­bor­ough Bath Spa; Le Royal Mon­ceau Raf­fles, Paris.

CHRIS­TINE McCABE Trav­elodge has de­buted in Hong Kong just off Nathan Road, fol­low­ing the re­fur­bish­ment of the 126-room Ho­tel Rain­bow; the just-launched Trav­elodge Kowloon has open­ing rates from $HK650 ($109) with room up­grades and late check­out and the prop­erty heads a planned ex­pan­sion of the brand across Asia • Cel­e­brat­ing the com­ple­tion of a year-long ren­o­va­tion of all 169 gue­strooms and its day spa, Como Metropoli­tan Bangkok is of­fer­ing a two-night pack­age from $804 a room in­clud­ing break­fasts, three well­ness ses­sions and two spa treat­ments, plus its branded cook­book and yoga mat • The Grand Luang Pra­bang on the Mekong River in Laos, a for­mer royal res­i­dence, has joined Banyan Tree Ho­tels & Re­sorts; north­ern spring spe­cials from $US140 ($182) a night for a riverview room, break­fast and cock­tails • Pull­man Reef Casino Ho­tel in Cairns has com­pleted a $6.5 mil­lion up­grade of pub­lic ar­eas and restau­rants in­clud­ing the ad­di­tion of a bar; book through Ac­cor Ho­tels and re­ceive break­fast daily, Wi-Fi, park­ing, free na­tional calls, a daily drink in Bar36 and se­lected com­pli­men­tary mini­bar items; rooms from $305 • The lux­ury Man­darin Ori­en­tal ho­tel ac­com­mo­da­tion group has an­nounced it will open a 125-room ho­tel in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 2020, part of a 36-storey, mixed-use de­vel­op­ment a short walk from Waikiki and Ala Moana beaches.

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