When I say to you 'escape to some luxurious spa hotel for the night’, being honest, Liverpool Street probably isn't your first thought. Unless, obviously, you’re planning your train route from the city. But indeed this review is for the brand new Pan Pacific Hotel, which is just metres in the station in what I think is fair to state, not an area that screams tranquillity.
However, once you step through those sliding doors you escape far beyond any train will give you across the road. Since the Pan Pacific isn't just offering luxury; this is Singaporean luxury company, this is a thing.
Pan Pacific Hotel: The Lowdown
The hotel is located in the new Bishopsgate Plaza which encapsulates not only the 43-storey bronze tower of Pan Pacific London in addition to private apartments, but also the 144-year old Devonshire House. It truly is old meets new West and East blended together in Central London. It's not just the furnishings that's brand new in this hotel, the staff have that 'thank god lockdown's over energy' and seem genuinely buzzing to finally have the ability to showcase their 40 floors of luxury. On arrival, we're handed our keys (with two hands, of course) and even politely escorted to the lifts prepared to whisk us as much as the 11th floor.
The hotel, including the rooms, event spaces and public areas, happen to be developed by the esteemed design duo Yabu Pushelberg. They've aimed to fuse “south-east Asian vibrancy using the refined elegance of traditional British design” and they've done a fantastic job.
Pan Pacific Hotel: The Rooms
There is a sense of peace and calm through the hotel with wide-open archways, curved walls and neutral colour palettes. Pan Pacific doesn't feel like it's trying too hard to become trendy or luxurious. Instead, there is a kind of effortless elegance everywhere you appear (with lots of Instagramabble spots too). That's forget about true than in the rooms. You will find 237 rooms within this hotel and the one i was in (a twin) was among the nicest we'd stayed in in London.
It's all in the attention to detail; whether that's the Diptyque amenities, the button controlled curtains, multi-setting dimmable lights or even the dressing gown that feels like a hug from the polar bear (although I've never actually done that, but assume it would be nice?). I'm told that they've banned 90-degree angles in the room to create a truly restful space. I am not sure if it was that or the huge double bed and selection of pillows, but in nevertheless, we had an excellent night's sleep in this room.
Pan Pacific: The Spa
Once you've opened all the little boxes in the bathroom, found the slippers and put on your polar bear, it's time to head to the Pan Pacific spa around the fifth floor. The spa hosts a gym (we put our heads round the door) and also gives a complete selection of treatments, but i was for their very unique infinity pool. At the time we had the entire spot to ourselves (tourism continues to be recovering working in london) and I think this is the UK's new equal to THAT lost in translation pool.
A surprisingly large and long tranquil pool overlooks the bustle from the commuters, buses, taxis and trucks below. You cannot help but feel smug as you gently glide from side to side free from the chaotic scenes happening below you. You need to do also spend some time wondering, basically can easily see them, would they see me? It requires getting accustomed to walking around inside a dressing gown by the pool as someone inside your eye line does some photocopying in the building next door. If you're still feeling the effects of daily life, pop into the changing rooms, equipped with (obviously completely new) steam and saunas as well as all of the balms and the body gels you could ever need.
Pan Pacific Hotel: Breakfast
When you wake up – the curtains gently sliding open because the City illuminates with the large glass windows – there's breakfast down at 'Straits Kitchen'. As a whole, your accommodation boasts an impressive five restaurants led by the award-winning Executive Chef Lorraine Sinclair. They cooperate with British producers, Nurtured in Norfolk, to develop their own high-quality Asian ingredients along with sourcing local produce to help minimise the carbon footprint. At breakfast, you may expect an excellent choice of pastries, fruit, meats and pickles in addition to various combinations of the classics on toast. The restaurant overlooks the street below, a reminder that you'll imminently be leaving this tower of tranquillity and heading into the real world.
The hospitality sector has already established difficulty previously 1 . 5 years and it is great to see new hotels, staff and returning to the centre from the city again. The Pan Pacific is really a serene haven; a brilliant mixture of modern facilities, friendly service and delicate design. I didn't know what Singaporean luxury meant before visiting Pan Pacific, however I do and that i can't wait to go back.