If sparse and minimalist is your preference over antique furniture and floral patterns, then this semi-secret annex to International House will have you feeling A-list in minutes.
It's like the anti-Windsor Court. 16 New York-style lofts lie behind the copper door, all in an organically designed warehouse. Ultra-modern fittings extend to the Agape ‘spoon’ baths, and oversized lamp stands and (the bare amount of) dark wood décor whisper (and decidedly don't clamour), assured style.
As you can imagine, the basic rooms themselves are pretty huge, so god alone knows how big the penthouse is. When I sell my first million copies of my album/book/tat on Etsy I'll let you know.
The thing is, if you want to feel modern and reclusive for OK, a fair amount of money, but not THAT much considering, you can play at rock star for a weekend. I like to walk through the lobby in shades just to seem mysterious though I try and be polite to the desk staff as they're kind of right there.
Next to the lobby there's a private members bar called the Gravier Street Social (it's on Gravier Street, geddit?!) and as a guest you have access to it. Not free drinks, don't get over excited (like I did), just access to a cash bar. But even that feels pretty swish.
The rooms have a kind of Japanese feng shui (which is Chinese, I think) feel, all low-slung beds and cabinets you could knock your shins on but I love that, and I'll take the bruises as cool tax. The showers have these weird retro-future cigar heads, and the baths are like what you expect the baths on the space shuttle to look like.
It's a very individual place in a city that has a large choice of traditional places with less than 20 rooms. Most of your 15 co-guests are probably here to get finding for a tech start-up or recovering from a national tour of mid-sized stadia. Hit them up for a drink in the bar, is my advice.
Highlights: The design, the baths, private club
Loft 523 website