Melia White House London Hotel is a shining example of 1930s Deco architecture. It was opened in 1936 as apartments, and one can still see original architectural features both inside and out. The metal window frames and the white façade are typical of this design style which gave a nod to the sleek ocean liners of that glamorous era.
The public areas on the ground floor are spacious and one can imagine the luxury lifestyle of the affluent between the wars. During World War II, the building escaped bombing as it is said the Nazis used the hotel as a compass to help them navigate during the Blitz. It remains one of the few London hotels that has preserved original Deco architectural features.
During the famed Swinging 60s The White House Club, as the hotel was known at that time, was one of THE places to be seen in London. Everybody from pop stars to movie stars would have visited this building. But it wasn’t until the 1970s that it operated exclusively as a hotel.
The Melia White House has a great location, being a few minutes’ walk from Great Portland Street Underground Station. Even that is historic, having been opened in 1863. The hotel is a short distance from Regent’s Park and near to Madame Tussauds, London Zoo and the wealth of eateries in Marylebone.
Today, the Melia White House is a 4-star deluxe hotel offering more than 580 rooms. Smartly dressed staff welcome guests who will enjoy the hotel’s well-appointed accommodations as well as the business centre, fitness centre, restaurant and room service. The largest meeting room – The Albany – can accommodate cocktail parties for up to 200 guests and conferences for up to 120 delegates theatre style.
There are wide and classically furnished corridors on the upper floors. Dark wood reminds one of the qualities of this convenient 4-star hotel. Our Junior Suite did not disappoint. It was large and well-appointed with muted colours and sumptuous fabrics. The bathroom might not have been the biggest I have seen but it had a full bath, and the toiletries by Rituals indicated the degree to which the company wanted to impress.
Melia White House London Hotel has fast become one of my favourites in the capital. I enjoy the hints of the Spanish heritage of the parent company, the professionalism of the staff and the general ethos. These are difficult times, but I will return to enjoy more of Melia’s hospitality when they are ready again to welcome guests.
Melia White House London Hotel
Albany Street, Regent´s Park
Phone: +44 (0)207 391 3000