LOBBY RESEMBLES: The interior of the pyramids at Giza, as imagined by the production designers of “Battlestar Galactica.” The lights are dimmed every evening at 8 o’clock for a psychedelic light show while confused new arrivals sip champagne, recline on space-age sofas and accept that they’re not in Kansas anymore.
BEST PLACE TO HANG OUT: A velvet-roped elevator whisks fashionable guests to Radio, a rooftop bar with one of London’s hottest nightlife scenes. The stunning panoramic view through the glass barrier includes Tower Bridge, London Bridge, Saint Paul’s Cathedral, the Tate Modern and the Houses of Parliament.
DESIGN NOTES: While the prevailing design looks to the year 2115, ME’s art is rooted in the here and now, particularly the street art one might find in hip East London. The guestrooms, meanwhile, are everything you’d expect from accommodations that include touchpad light controls with a “Sexy” mode.
HOT DISH: The parmesan truffle fries, the “cod dog” and the shrimp Rice Krispies are all memorable in their own right, but there’s nothing gimmicky about the prime cuts of locally raised steak served at STK’s only non-U.S. outpost. If overindulgence is your thing, top your cut with foie gras and truffle butter.