Three Five Star Hotels in Mayfair to dream about

Mayfair is one of the most central parts of London. It is noted as being also about the most prestigious and exclusive parts of the capital, and that is not only because of the easy access to swift and thorough rubbish removals in Mayfair. This area, characterized by high-end shops and restaurants, grand Victorian architecture and some of the most expensive houses and apartments within Central London today, is also noted for being home to more five star luxury hotels than any other part of the capital today. Let’s have a look at three of the best among them. 

Grosvenor House Hotel

 

 

Grosvenor House Hotel was opened in 1929 and immediately became the go-to place for members of the high society in London. The so called Great Room, which today plays host to the largest and world’s oldest charitable event – the Royal Caledonian Ball – was actually conceived as an ice-skating rink. Actually, this is the place where the future Queen Elizabeth II learnt to skate when she was just seven years old! At the time of its opening the Grosvenor House was notable for being the first hotel in London that had a separate bathroom and entrance lobby for every bedroom within the building. Facilities include Turkish Baths, a swimming pool, a squash court and a gymnasium. The Grosvenor House Hotel even to this day manages to preserve the character and atmosphere of the old time London luxury hotels. However, this is not made at the expense to the modern day comforts. The facilities went through an extensive renovation at the price of 142 million pounds in 2008. So you can rest assured that the hotel is in a position to cater to every need, preference and wish of yours in case you decide to become one of its guests. Currently the hotel is owned by the Sahara India Pariwar, an Indian business venture which acquired it in 2010 for the modest price of 470 million pounds. 

Claridge’s

 

Claridge’s is known for being a very special place, where the staff is dedicated to one purpose and one purpose only – to make every guest feel special. There is no other way, when you are acquainted with the history and traditions of the hotel located at the corner of Brook Street and Davies Street in Mayfair, London. The connections of Claridge’s to the Royal Family leads some people to refer to it as an “annexe to Buckingham Palace”. In addition to members of the Royal Family, the Claridge’s has been home to a number of pretty notable personalities from all walks of life, including but not limited to:

·         Cary Grant

·         Audrey Hepburn

·         Alfred Hitchcock

·         Brad Pitt

·         King Hassan of Morocco

 

The hotel boasts many other notable guests as well. There are three types of accommodations that are offered at the Claridge’s: designer rooms, suites and  penthouses. Prices begin from 450 pounds per room per night, and suites can be rented for 4 644 pounds per night.  Gordon Ramsey, the famous chef, had a restaurant here until 2014 when it was replaced by Fera. The Tea Guild has endorsed the afternoon tea that is offered at this hotel. Claridge’s has entered popular culture in London for its display of the Christmas tree which is traditionally decorated every year by a different notable persona from the fashion industry, such as John Galliano from Dior and Kally Ellis from McQueen. Claridge’s is also one of the oldest hotels in London that is still running. It was opened in 1812 with the name Mivart’s Hotel. The current building was opened in 1898, being designed and built by no other but the famous Victorian architecture firm George Trollope & Sons (which too is still in business) and is currently enjoying a Grade II listing for its significance for the architecture and history of the British capital.

The Dorchester

 

 

Located on the intersection of Park Lane and Deanery Lane, the Dorchester Hotel is a five star establishment that overlooks Hyde Park. There is no need to tell you that the service and the facilities here are of the highest quality imaginable. What is notable for the Dorchester is that despite the fact that the whole establishment is regularly being modernized as to the brought up to date with the requirements of the day and time that we are living it, the hotel still preserves its furniture and decoration from the 1930s. This means that when you are staying in The Dorchester you will be in the middle of an experience like no other. The architecture of the hotel is work by William Curtis Green which earned the Dorchester a Grade II listing in 1981. There are several fine-dining restaurants, bars etc. within the hotel itself. The hotel used to and continues to be associated with its distinguished clientele, including famous actors and musicians. Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor had their honeymoon in the Oliver Messel suite in March 1964. John Lennon stayed here following an invitation by the Foyle Literary Luncheons following the acclaim for his book In His Own Write. Ray Bradbury stayed in The Dorchester while Moby Dick was being filmed. It is also necessary to mention that the hotel hosted the first ever Pride of Britain Awards in 1999. Currently the Dorchester in able to offer as many as 250 rooms to its guests, and additionally 49 more suites. The façade of the hotel is also decorated by the well-lit plane-tree in the front garden, which has been called one of the Great Trees of London by the London Tree Forum.

Top hotels in Mayfair

 

Here is a list of the best hotels in Mayfair at the current moment as ranked by the prestigious online publication TimeOut:

 

·         Aman Spa

·         Claridge’s

·         No.5 Maddox Street

·         Rocco Forte Brown’s Hotel

·         Connaught

·         Hilton London Green Park

·         The May Fair Hotel

·         Grosvenor House

·         The Beaumont

 

·         45 Park Lane

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