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Sanderson

  • 50 Berners Street, London, UK
  • West End
  • 150 Rooms

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Sanderson

  • 50 Berners Street, London, UK
  • West End
  • 150 Rooms
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18.5
Verified guests have rated this hotel out of a possible score of 20

Though a rated historical building, the Sixties office block that housed the Sanderson fabrics company is not the most elegant facade for a stylish boutique hotel. Fortunately the interiors find Starck and Schrager in rare form, raising their game a bit to stand out in this most competitive of hotel markets. Though constrained a bit by the building’s landmark status (right down to the name, which was the path of least resistance considering the old Sanderson sign had to stay) they have created what may be their partnership’s most urbane and elegant environment yet.

Guest rooms are open plan, with that favorite of Starck tricks, the panoptical bathroom — be prepared to know your traveling companion very well indeed by the end of the stay. But though the layout may be hypermodern, the furnishings themselves provide some historical grounding, including sleigh beds and ceiling-mounted oil paintings, as well as rugs patterned after enlargements of Voltaire’s letters. The result is no less whimsical than the typical Starck room, though perhaps a bit more subtle in execution, and the details save the all-white scheme from bordering on the clinical.

Downstairs, though, all bets are off, from the Dali-inspired red-lipped sofa to the glowing onyx Long Bar to the Agua Bathhouse, which crosses over into the Kubrickian all-white territory where the guest rooms feared to tread. Don’t fret, though, it’s perfectly relaxing, as long as you’re thinking of heaven (the designer’s intent) rather than A Clockwork Orange. The Restaurant at Sanderson, just off the Long Bar, serves modern continental brasserie fare and classic British dishes, all in a typically theatrical space. Any Schrager venture strives to be the place to be seen — the Sanderson is no different, and, as usual, it succeeds.

How to get there:
Sanderson is a 7-minute walk from the Oxford Circus tube station. If you're arriving from Heathrow Airport, the most convenient transfer option to central London is the Heathrow Express train, which leaves Heathrow Airport every 15 minutes and takes 15 minutes to arrive at Paddington Station. One-way fares are available from £18 and round-trip fares from £32. By black cab, Sanderson is approximately a 45-minute ride from Heathrow Airport (depending on traffic) and can cost upwards of £50.

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Facilities & services
  • Free wi-fi
  • Wi-fi (charges apply)
  • Valet parking (charges apply)
  • Bar
  • Room service
  • Restaurant
  • 24 hour room service
  • Spa treatments (on request)
  • 24 hour gym
  • 24 hour front desk
  • 24 hour medical assistance
  • Central air conditioning
  • Babysitting (on request)
  • Garden
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • Wake-up service
  • Luggage storage
  • Pet Friendly
  • Pets allowed (charges apply)
  • Boardroom
  • Business center
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Shopping area nearby
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