Me by Norman Foster
Sir Norman Foster – the British architect behind London’s iconic Mayor’s office, commonly referred to as the Gherkin – is now designing a hotel for London’s Strand in the West End, slated to open on June 4 2012.
Me by Meliá, the sixth hotel of Spanish chain Sol Melia, will be a 10-storey hotel on a site that was once the old Marconi house. It will boast 173 rooms, a 7,860 sq ft convention centre, panoramic views of the city, and The Level – Me’s signature VIP-only floor, offering complimentary cocktails and access to a private lounge.
This is one of the many hotels popping up in the city in time for the London 2012 Olympic Games. In the March 2011 Hospitality Directions Europe report, UK-based global market insight group PricewaterhouseCoopers suggested that there might be difficulties filling the rooms before and after the Games. But the common belief shared by delegates at London’s World Travel Market trade show – held in November 2011 – was that the city currently has a lack of hotel inventory, and new hotels will not struggle to attract visitors despite the current economic uncertainty.