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Step into a world of technology and fashion coupled with cool and sophisticated luxury... Reema Sisodia experiences Le Meridien’s Art & Tech rooms - a feeling that is truly ‘La difference’

Combining the latest technology with the most innovative trends in interior design, these dramatically different hotel bedrooms bring you the ultimate in cool, sophisticated luxury

Contemporary, classy, comfortable and cool, it’s an abode that spells all this and more. Enter the world of Le Meridien Art & Tech at The Cumberland Hotel, London, where an unimaginable place unfolds before you. The milieu revealed, transports you into the future, where fashion and technology is blended in complete harmony, with a touch of glamour, grandeur and grace. This creation of space not only provides luxury accommodation, but an environment that will engage, surprise and intrigue you. These unconventional rooms offer splendid interiors coupled with state-of-the-art components that focus on three key comfort elements of a room - the bed, bath/ shower and television. These are the primary essentials of Meridien’s Art & Tech world. A sense of comfort and space, a feel of modern elegance, a touch of tradition and a unique sleeping experience is the essence of this concept.

The inspiration that has helped translate the concept and design into reality comes from the new generation - young, top of the rank business executives. This concept is designed and dedicated for the new age ‘Cool Corporate’. It offers them a product, which is away from the hotel chain interchangeable feel, far from the over-abundance of amenities, away from the hotel past ‘cliches’, yet maintaining the touch of classical comfort feel and the relaxed elegance, which each section of the rooms offers.

Stressing on two core elements, that is light and space, coupled with simplicity and modernity, living in these rooms is an awesome experience. It’s an experience that makes you repose on beds that have been designed by NASA, which are Auping Royal M2, Electrical Beds. The bathrooms have bath shower fittings that are termed as PowerShowers, with a Hansgrohe Pharo shower column and rain shower bath.

Well, the ‘Works’ does not stop here. The television systems too are a complete treat to the visual senses as entertainment and infotainment reaches you through a 42-inch Plasma Screen, fully digital in form. But the component worthy of mention, artistically incorporated and highlighting the unfeigned beauty of the place, is the power and play of well positioned and aptly placed light fittings. Professionally monitored and programmed, it’s the befitting use of light, which adds flavour to this sole Art & Tech concept.

To my amazement, the Art & Tech design concept is not only restricted to the rooms, but has also influenced the style and the uniform patterns of the personnel and employees. Their uniform, like the Art & Tech style, has been worked around three essentials - casual, comfortable and elegant. Discreet branding and an ‘away from the hotel’ feel is what the uniform aims to effectively bring about.

Seeing is believing. Combining the latest technology with the most innovative trends in interior design, these dramatically different hotel bedrooms bring you the ultimate in cool, sophisticated luxury. Their emphasis on comfort and meticulous detail make them the perfect solution for discerning travellers who want boutique individuality without compromising service and style. It’s a whole new world, which is justly defined as ‘a quiet revolution in hotel accommodation’.