One of the hottest hotel openings in 2017, The Courtain Hotel just opened its doors in the hipster neighborhood of Shoreditch last month.
A six-storey hotel and members’ club, The Curtain features 120 rooms for hotel guests, including six suites, a rooftop pool, 24-hour gym, a Boom Cycle room, a SPA, a co-working space for private members and a 6,000 square feet of event space, with a ballroom and screening room.
There are also three restaurants: LIDO on the rooftop, Tienda Roosteria on the ground floor, and famous Marcus Samuelsson's New York restaurant Red Rooster in the basement.
The hotel décor has a typical New York Style - luxurious, yet with a quirky aesthetic. Exposed brickwork throughout the rooms and hardwood floors, complement the contemporary artwork around the building.
As soon as you enter the room, you breathe Manhattan vibes all over the place. The bedroom is cozy and stylish decorated, with a lounge area and a well-equipped bar cart, with the option to make-your-own cocktails.
I was staying on the top floor, just beneath the rooftop terrace, so I was lucky to get a small terrace on my own, where to relax and enjoy a glass of champagne before heading to dinner at the Red Rooster downstairs.
The Rooftop Terrace
Members and hotel guests only have exclusive access to the rooftop. Featuring an all-day restaurant and bar, the LIDO, a year-round heated pool and daybeds, this is simply the perfect place to step-out of the city and relax.
Breakfast is served here at LIDO every morning from 7am until 11am.
Get ready to be spoiled for choice when it comes to the high-quality organic food and ingredients showcased in the buffet section. You can also order "à la carte", highlights from the menu include the classic English Full Breakfast, and the healthy hipster Avocado, Smoked Salmon & Poached Eggs.
The Gym & Spa
Open 24 hours a day and filled with cutting-edge training equipment The Curtain gym is definitely not your average hotel fitness-room.
Yoga sessions are available daily and so are the Boom Cycle spin classes in the basement club.
If you're looking for a bit of relaxing me-time, head over to The Curtain Spa, which offers pop-up brands collaborations, covering facials, massages, sports physiotherapy and beautifying treatments.
The spa also has three treatment rooms, a sauna, mani-pedi stations and a hairdresser.
Red Rooster Restaurant
Directly from New York, the acclaimed michelin-starred chef Marcus Samuelsson just opened his first international outpost of his Harlem restaurant Red Rooster at the ground floor of The Curtain.
With a bar located at the center of the restaurant and a large open kitchen, the restaurant offers a great relaxed atmosphere, with stylish decor that fits flawlessly the hotel.
Chef Samuelsson's menu is a celebration of America’s southern soul food, wisely blended with Samuelsson's Swedish roots. Must-have dishes range from Uncle T's Gravlax ( with cornbread, avocado, courgette and soft egg) and Helga's Meatballs (with gnocchi, pickled gravy, and lingonberries) to southern specialties such as the Obama Short Ribs (Yes! The president is a big fan of those!) and the Bird Royale Feast, featuring a whole fried chicken served with waffles, biscuits, kale mac'n'cheese, pickles, and Rooster sauce.
Overall, I loved every bit of my staycation at The Curtain Hotel and I cannot recommend it enough. The service is friendly and warm, with great attention to detail. If you’re looking for a laid-back but luxurious experience in one of the trendiest neighborhoods in London, look no further, The Curtain is definitely the place for you.