This summer ME London is set to shake up London’s high-end hotel scene when it opens on The Strand in July overlooking Somerset House. Having taken over the historic BBC Marconi building, ME will be the UK flagship hotel for the ME by Meliá brand and will be designed by Foster + Partners.
We’re talking 157 rooms and suites plus a luxurious two floor suite that opens onto the roof terrace in the turret of the building. There will be two restaurants and a bar on the ground floor – including the first British incarnation of Steakhouse concept STK and there’s also a partially-covered rooftop terrace bar boasting fantastic 180 degree panoramic views of the capital.
Each guest's stay will be orchestrated by a dedicated Aura Experience Manager (AEM). The name of the game, we suspect, is tapping into your inner psyche so ME knows what you want before you do. And yes that includes securing you the hottest tickets in town and knowing you like a salted caramel choccie on your pillow.
ME has just finished the first stage in an X-Factor style ME.N.U. challenge for a full time position in the kitchen beginning with a fully-paid two-week training programme in North America. Contestants submitted a short video of themselves explaining their passion for food. Eight hopefuls will be chosen to prepare dishes live before a panel of judges. There will also be recruitment events for front-of-house, supervisor and management roles with successful applicants invited to attend a ME Factor talent day 23-27 April.
Meliá Hotels International was founded in 1956 in Palma de Mallorca and is one of the world’s largest resort hotel chains. There are currently ME Hotels in Madrid, Barcelona, Cancun, Cabo with and a ME Vienna set to open in 2013.