There is a lot going on at Edition London, one of Ian Schrager’s newest hotels in the city’s West End – there is no denying that. The lobby is a sort of a United Nations for the selection of interior design styles present throughout the rest of the hotel: Ornate crown molding, furniture ranging from antique to modern, smooth contemporary woodwork, Renaissance-style paintings, purple neon, etc. These combinations shouldn’t feel as comforting as they do, but the space here is undeniably warm and expertly planned. In the daytime, guests filter through slowly, but as night falls, the lobby transforms into an unrecognizable bar of nightclub proportions, packed with curvaceous young ladies in tight skirts and high-heels, young suited men, and other confident surveyors of the scene. Even the bellmen were seemingly transformed into doormen. Returning late one evening, hotel guests shuffled past a bald gentleman in a bright orange sweater who painfully haggled with one of the doormen as he tried to gain entrance to what was now basically Studio 54 in full swing.
If one isn’t in the mood for this particular type of fanfare, a simple elevator ride leads to a much softer dimension. The rooms here have a unique and charming “Stepdad’s basement guest room” feel, due in part to their wood-paneled walls (though it should be noted that this particular Stepdad has a highly developed taste in materials and modern furniture). Fur throws and low dangling light fixtures also add an extra layer of warmth to the rooms without pushing things too far in a bachelor’s pad direction. The floors containing guest quarters are also extremely quiet, so whether you partake in the madness below or not, you can wake rested, ready for a day of overspending in the shops nearby. JR