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A lavish urban fantasy playground attracting locals and guests alike
Philippe Starck's whimsical, extravagant design is present throughout the property, including in the restaurant and two bars, which have become a destination for locals and guests alike. Sheer curtains, a long teal and silver French chaise in the lobby, and an 80-foot bar are all memorable design elements. With the interesting design comes a hot scene, found in the Long Bar, the theatrical Purple Bar (where the bar resembles a meteorite), and the Suka Restaurant serving Malaysian street food. There is also a striking courtyard garden where DJs spin at night.
On the north edge of Soho
The Sanderson Hotel is located on the north edge of Soho, a seven-minute walk from both the Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road tube stations. Soho is one of the most entertaining areas of London, home to the red light district, gay quarter, independent dining, record shops, and boutique shopping. The neighborhood is ideal for people watching at cafes and mingling with the hip, local crowd. Reasonably priced high street shopping is also near the hotel.
Sleek, sensual, novel interior design
Rooms at the Sanderson were designed with tranquility and urban escapism in mind. The lack of interior walls and presence of layers of movable sheer curtains results in a sensual, relaxed environment. Beds are often freestanding and bathrooms have transparent walls (not providing the most privacy). While the design is extravagant, the rooms also have great amenities including stocked minibars, flat-screen TVs, and big bathrooms. Some bathrooms have separate freestanding soaking tubs and walk-in showers. Carpets in the rooms feature the handwriting of Voltaire. A Wii gaming system is provided in every room, along with face towels and bottled mineral water for the ultimate Wii workout.
The Sanderson is packed with features. The Agua Spa (called the hotel's "urban bathhouse") is a relaxing, all-white space with 14 treatment rooms and meditation beds. The contemporary fitness room has cardio machines with individual TVs, and the billiard room is a dramatic space with a two-story stained glass window.
Tasty Malaysian street food in a contemporary black-and-cream setting
The Sanderson is home to Suka's, a restaurant focused on Malaysian street food. The emphasis is equally on the design as it is the cuisine -- the hotel commissioned a high profile Paris architect for the interior.
The Long Bar features an 80-foot white onyx bar flanked by chairs decorated with eyeballs, while the Purple Bar is a darker, more theatrical space for cocktails.
The Sanderson is an edgy hotel with original and extravagant design by Philippe Starck. Innovative rooms feature a mostly all-white color palette designed without interior walls. There is an emphasis here on texture, seen in the layers of sheer curtains that divide different areas of the room. Design touches include carpets with Voltaire's handwriting and luxurious bathrooms, some with separate walk-in showers and freestanding soaking tubs. There are many hotel highlights beyond the rooms, including an all-white tranquil spa with 14 treatment rooms and meditation beds. A contemporary fitness room has individual TVs at cardio machines, and a billiard room features 1950s stained glass. The restaurant, Suka, serves Malaysian food, and a Mad Hatter's themed afternoon tea is served in the striking courtyard.