Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Just Lie Back and Think of George; 1.the High Life: Relax in Your Marble Bathroom at the Metropolitan Hotel, Overlooking Hyde Park and Park Lane 2.luxury Living: The Met Bar Lobby

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Just Lie Back and Think of George; 1.the High Life: Relax in Your Marble Bathroom at the Metropolitan Hotel, Overlooking Hyde Park and Park Lane 2.luxury Living: The Met Bar Lobby

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Byline: LIZ HOGGARD

WEEKEND AWAY THE METROPOLITAN HOTEL, PARK LANE

WE ARE sleeping in George Clooney's bed. It's not often you get to boast that. But this is the gorgeous coffee and cream Park Suite that George uses when he stays at the Metropolitan.

There are no frills or flounces here but the sort of clean lines you'd expect from the world's most stylish bachelor. As well as a king-size bed where you can luxuriate on George's pure Egyptian cotton sheets, the suite has a cream and pearwood living room with a dining table and chairs, plus the world's comfiest sofas and full-height glazed windows. There are exquisite pieces of Asian art, a fax, wi-fi, flatscreen TVs and a film library of DVDs.

Best of all is the rooftop view over Park Lane and Hyde Park. If you have 20/20 vision, you can even peer in through the bedroom windows of the neighbouring Dorchester Hotel.

It's a bit like a scene from Rear Window, except people are wearing less clothes. My friend Lauren draws the curtain in slight shock.

Soon we are exploring the marble bathroom (stick to the bath, the minimalist shower is a squeeze for non-size zero types). And ransacking mini-bar extras like the Passion and Peace pack: barocca, massage oil, pain relief tablets and condoms (George, really!).

When proprietor Christina Ong opened the hotel in 1997, The Metropolitan was a stompingly trendy shrine to minimalism. The gliterati flocked to its Michelinstarred Japanese restaurant, Nobu, on the first floor of the hotel (coowned by Robert De Niro, Ong and Japanese chef Nobuyuki

Matsuhisa). All manner of celebrity naughtiness went on remember Boris Becker's escapade in the broom cupboard? while Britpop stars hung out at the Met Bar.

Ten years ago I'd probably have been slung out for not being A-list enough. But the clientele has settled down. And the decor has undergone a "soft refurbishment" to stop it looking too Nineties. Colour in the rooms is kept to subtle shades of mauve and plum offset by suede upholstery. They even offer afternoon tea, with olive oil muffins and sweet and savoury cupcakes.

When you arrive in the lobby, with its sleek desk, primary-coloured sofas, and display of luxury goods, the clientele is still pretty blingy. …

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