Amba Charing Cross hotel, London

C&IT's Venue of the Week is the Amba Charing Cross hotel, which opened in central London in December.

Amba Charing Cross hotel, London
Amba Charing Cross hotel, London
In October, hotel management firm GLH announced it was to invest £70m on refurbishing and rebranding its London Guoman and Thistle properties under the new, four-star Amba brand. Just two months later it opened the doors to Amba Charing Cross at Charing Cross station.

The hotel is in a prime position for navigating the city, whether on foot or on public transport; the front overlooks The Strand and Trafalgar Square, while the back looks onto Charing Cross's forecourt. Embankment and Covent Garden tube stations are a few minutes away.

The Grade II-listed building's interior has a modern classic feel, with quirky features like the bright red Sir Giles Gibert Scott-designed phone booth at the foot of the grand staircase in the lobby.

The event and meeting spaces are all on the first floor. There are nine in total, accommodating between ten and 200 guests, with lofty ceilings, heavy drapes and a red, grey and gold colour scheme.

A larger proportion of the budget has been spent on updating the 239 bedrooms. Each has been decorated in a neutral palette of beige, brown and blue.

More impressively though, all of them now come with iPad, smart TV, cordless phone, USB sockets by the bed and in-room work stations with desktop HDMI and USB sockets. There is unlimited free wi-fi.

The Terrace restaurant and bar overlooking The Strand and a small gym complete the offering.

C&I Traveller stayed at Amba Charing Cross hotel on 9 December 2014

Bedrooms: 239 (including standard, deluxe, executive and suite options)
Largest meeting room capacity: 200
Day delegate rates: From £50pp
Tel: 020 7747 8404

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