Part of the multi-billion pound regeneration of Battersea Power Station, this much-anticipated hotel opened in February and is managed by Park Plaza Hotels. Masterminded by Spanish artist-designer Jaime Hayon, it’s packed with quirky, bold works of art – paintings, prints, sculptures and tapestries. A brand-new Northern line station is a five-minute walk away.
Housed in a rounded new-build structure, the hotel has a unique windy entrance with a matching curved lobby at the end. Once we’d finished admiring the decor and taking the obligatory instagram pictures, the young trendy reception staff welcomed us like old friends before we headed up in the glitzy brass lifts.
The 164 rooms come in five categories and we were lucky enough to get the top one – the Masterpiece Suite, on the 14th floor. Highlights included a kitchen corner with a well-stocked wine fridge and a drinks cabinet with premium spirits, a retro record player with a selection of vinyls, a giant mirror and incredible views of the power station and the rooftop gardens of the surrounding swanky apartments. Like all the bedrooms, it also comes with a Robert’s Radio Bluetooth digital radio, a 49-inch smart TV with Chromecast, international plug sockets, rain shower, laptop size safe and coffee and tea-making facilities.
No stay here would be complete without a few lengths in the infinity rooftop pool or a soak in the adjacent hot tub, looking out to the iconic towering chimneys. They’re for guests only, but also a popular selfie spot for visitors to the rooftop bar. More breathtaking views can be enjoyed through the giant windows of the double-heighted 15th floor restaurant, JOIA, and its equally sumptuous bar, down the show-stopper staircase. In the basement, there’s a spa with a state-of-the-art gym and beauty and treatment rooms. On the ground floor, TOZI Grand Cafe opens for breakfast and stays open all day. The smoothies were a breakfast highlight. There are changing art exhibitions too.
Fun, funky and with fabulous views, you’ll want to stay longer and you’ll wish you could invite all your friends for a party in the Masterpiece Suite. (Well, I did anyway!)
Rooms from £400, artotellondonbattersea.com