Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Night Is Not Enough; Our Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Chills out in London's Most Hi-Tech Hotel after a Full-On Day - and Wishes He Could Have Stayed Much Longer

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Night Is Not Enough; Our Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Chills out in London's Most Hi-Tech Hotel after a Full-On Day - and Wishes He Could Have Stayed Much Longer

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Byline: GORDON BARR

HOW I needed a massage. It had been one hectic day. Train from Newcastle to Doncaster and then a car to Wakefield to interview the mighty Sir Cliff Richard.

Then whizz back to Doncaster for the train to London - a quick check-in at my hotel and then up to Covent Garden to watch The Pitmen Painters.

Finally, back to the hotel, - a route I walked as the Tube was so busy - and after my saunter down The Mall and beyond to get there, my feet were just a tad sore.

Not to worry - a massage beckoned. All by myself, in my gorgeous room at the Eccleston Square Hotel.

When I say by myself, that is exactly what I mean. For the beds at this new venue come equipped with their own massage mechanism - and I made the most of it!

Behind a striking late Georgian faade, the renovated 39-bedroom Eccleston Square surely is London's most hi-tech hotel.

Built around 1835, with notable residents including a young Princess Victoria and Lord Louis Mountbatten, this handsome Grade IIlisted, late Georgian townhouse now boasts groundbreaking technology which certainly sets it apart from modern contemporaries and brings to London something completely unique.

Architects Woods Bagot have pulled out every stop to deliver the most advanced, state-of-the-art bedroom interiors with 46inch 3D LED TVs, HD Movie and 3D channels, 3D Blu Ray DVD players, free super-fast WiFi, free London calls and worldwide VOIP calls at cost.

Advanced features include fingertip control pad for every possible function: lighting, curtains, TV, soundtrack and even electronic wake-up and bedtime settings.

In addition, every bedroom boasts its very own iPad2 - the newest Apple creation only recently released in the UK and currently exclusive to Eccleston Square Hotel. Every conceivable function or request can be managed from the device, be it room ambience, restaurant orders, spa bookings, shopping guides or even a Boris Bike!

Hi-spec marble bathrooms have 'smart glass' walls which turn opaque at the touch of a button, plus a TV incorporated into the heated, steamproof mirror. …

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