Four Seasons at Ten Trinity Square London
THE HOTEL:The highly anticipated Four Seasons at Ten Trinity Square opened earlier this year in the grade II-listed former headquarters of the Port of London Authority, opened in 1922. The 100-room hotel is adjacent to the Tower of London and Tower Hill Underground station, and joins its sister Park Lane property in the capital.
THE CHECK-IN: downloaded the Four Seasons app a couple of days before my visit and used it to check-in, but this didn't seem to expedite the process on arrival at the hotel. I'd earlier received a push notification informing me my room was ready. The small reception area and large adjacent Rotunda bar and lounge area are elegant and airy.
THE ROOM: I stayed in a spacious and well-equipped Executive room with stylish yet relatively subdued decor and furnishings. There was ample room for a sofabed, coffee table and desk, while wardrobes were set either side of the entrance to a lavish marble bathroom. This had a huge bath, walk-in shower and intricate green and gold mosaic tiling. Room features also included a wall-mounted TV, coffee machine, minibar, safe, tablet (for various room and hotel-related functions), electric blind and curtains (the room looked into the hotel's central atrium), a small selection of books about London and enough lighting options to make it a challenge achieving complete darkness.
THE FACILITIES: There are two highlyrated, attractive restaurants: La Dame de Pic for French cuisine and Mei Ume for Asian. The highlight of the meetings and events facilities are the beautifully restored wood-panelled UN Ballroom and the circular Merchants Hall. There's also an appealing pool, spa and surprisingly large gym. The app also proved useful. While I was out that evening I used it to request an iron, ironing board and a mobile phone charger, which had all been delivered to my room by the time I returned.
THE VERDICT: This is a typically fabulous Four Seasons hotel with excellent facilities and services. Of course, it has the price tag to match and that is further inflated by its enviable location in the City of London. My only regret is I was unable to sample neither of the hotel's revered restaurants.
THE DETAILS: Four Seasons at Ten Trinity Square, London EC3N 4AJ. Rooms start from £630 per night.fourseasons.com
Reviewed by Andy Hoskins (2017)