The inspector visits the first UK outpost of trendy German hotel brand Amano, complete with gold tubs in the rooms and a rooftop bar… and says it’s a “welcome addition to London”.
- The hotel is housed in a former 1980s office block near Covent Garden
- The Inspector pays £380 for a ‘Goldy Room’ decorated in gray and gold
- The rooftop bar offers ‘magnificent’ views across London’s West End
- Remember, the inspector pays his way… and tells it like it is
Amano is a trendy and well-known brand in Germanywith no fewer than seven hotels in Berlin alone, which may explain why several guests during my stay in London are German speaking, all polite while we wait for the elevators.
“Sophisticated urban living in a central location at a fair price” is how the group’s first British outpost presents itself. The price is debatable, but the central location is spot on, with Covent Garden Market just 100 meters away and Drury Lane just around the corner.
I paid £380 for one of the ‘Goldy Rooms’ – so called because there’s a gold-colored freestanding bath in the corner of the bathroom.
The inspector checks into Hotel Amano, the first British outpost of trendy German brand Amano. Above is the bathroom in his room – the ‘Goldy’ room
London’s Covent Garden Market is just 100 meters from the hotel (above)
It offers a pop of color in an otherwise dark and moody confection, with gray walls and headboard on the bed — but not quite as dark and moody as the corridors here, in a former 1980s office block.
One of Hotel Amano’s big talking points is the rooftop bar on the seventh floor, with terrific views over the West End, the London Eye, and The Shard.
Book a “Goldy” room and get a free cocktail or something similar in this lovely space that’s open to the elements but still feels intimate, with a row of colorful benches and another with high ottomans and small round tables .
Pictured is one of the hotel’s ‘spacious’ guest rooms. “Nice urban living in a central location at a fair price,” according to the hotel’s bill, reveals the inspector
One of Hotel Amano’s big talking points is the seventh-floor rooftop bar (pictured), where guests in “Goldy” rooms can enjoy a free cocktail
The rooftop bar (above) offers ‘terrific’ views over the West End, the London Eye and The Shard
The staff are all on their best behavior. Once I have a problem with the TV and within minutes Joshua from the front desk shows up to fix it.
There is currently no restaurant, but an Israeli chef is on the verge of being appointed, and the dining room – opening in the fall – will be on the ground floor.
For now, continental breakfast is served in the basement, which doubles as a super-modern bar.
Above is the hotel bar. “It has a decidedly international vibe,” says the inspector of the new hotel
The inspector says Hotel Amano is a “welcome addition to the capital’s hotel scene”.
Although Amano has only been open for three weeks, there is already confidence in the place.
It has a decidedly international vibe and obviously a loyal following.
A welcome addition to the capital’s hotel scene.
Hotel Amano, Drury House, 34-43 Russell Street, London, WC2B 5HA.
Double rooms start from £246 B&B.
For more information call 020 3739 8900 or visit us amanogroup.de/en.