Many of London’s best hotels lie in Mayfair, meaning the best hotels in Mayfair really are the pick of the bunch. And of course, these swish buildings rub shoulders with some of London’s best restaurants and most high-end stores. Venture inside some of Mayfair’s hotels and you’ll find celebrated restaurants Gordon Ramsay’s Maze or Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester – not to mention the exquisite hotel facilities. Given those facts, it would be easy to never leave, but being closely bordered by Piccadilly, Soho and Regent Street, there’s plenty to see outside the confines of your hotel. Check out the best spots to stay in Mayfair below.
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The best hotels in Mayfair
Discretely tucked behind Bond Street, No.5 is an alternative kind of luxury hotel. There are 12 super-sylish, self-sufficient suites, each one offering total privacy, daily housekeeping and a 24-hour concierge. The vibe is a chic home away from home – suites range from one to three bedrooms and all have fully-equipped kitchens, Hypno beds, bathrooms overflowing with REN toiletries and Nespresso machines.
This independent Victorian townhouse is one of the mosy classic hotels in Mayfair. Built inside Selfridges’ former garage by ace restaurateurs Chris Corbin and Jeremy King, it’s got a real Art Deco vibe to it. They’ve applied their usual attention to detail to the polished dark wood panelling in the bedrooms, white marble in the bathrooms and oil paintings in antique frames. The Colony Grill is a popular foodie spot with locals, but should you want some privacy you can settle in at the Cub Room, a cosy bar for guests only.
Having opened back in 1837, Brown’s effortlessly manages to retain some of its classic features whilst also showing off contemporary additions. Bedrooms and suites are designed by Olga Polizzi, with olive green, mustard and browns at the forefront. Well-appointed marble bathrooms include Heeley toiletries. Enjoy a quintessentially British afternoon tea in The English Tea Room or sip fine cocktails at The Donovan Bar.
The exuberant Chesterfield is perched equidistant from Oxford Street and Buckingham Palace, making it an ideal spot for tourists. It oozes traditional British charm – a wood panelled lobby with ornamented pillars, old oil paintings, chandelier and palms and heavy drapes and leather. Rooms range from floral and feminine to darker tones, all furnishined with fine fabrics and furnishings.
Claridge’s is all about shining Art Deco-glamour with elegant modern touches and intuitive, highly-tailored service. The attention to detail is noticable, whether it’s the ’30s-inspired cocktails at the Fumoir, the smart grey stained-glass skylights of Michelin-starred Fera, or the breathtaking rooms and suites. An airy, modern gym and juice bar sit on the sixth floor.
The Connaught has been accomodating tourists and locals alike since 1897. Bedrooms – in delicate pales – are unique, each with a king-size bed, mood lighting, cashmere throws and Italian linens. Sip mouth-watering cocktails at Connaught Bar or Coburg Bar, and tuck into regional French flavours at Hélène Darroze’s two-Michelin-starred restaurant. Get a proper pampering at Aman Spa, which offers healing treatments drawn from the traditions of Asia and the Americas.
The exclusive Dorchester is easily one of London’s most iconic hotels. Guestrooms feature luxurious white marble bathrooms, fluffy bathrobes, and scenic views across Hyde Park. Alain Ducasse serves fine French cuisine with three Michelin stars, and indulgent aftenoon teas are served in The Promenade. Even their indulgent spa has its own blissful spot for light bites or tea – the aptly named Spatisserie.
This small but chic townhouse hotel features sleek guestrooms with high-end furnishings and bright, bold interiors. More pricey rooms have access to their own patio. Afternoon tea and cocktails are served in the glamourous Drawing Room, and the wood-panelled Ormer restaurant is Michelin-starred chef Shaun Rankin’s London venture. There is a quiet gym on-site, with top-range Technogym equipment.
The May Fair Hotel doesn’t take itself too seriously – it’s a grand hotel with a boutique feel. Just a few minutes walk from Green Park, the high-end shops of Bond Street and Berkeley Street’s top eateries, you’re in a prime location for exploring. Plush guestrooms come with Vi-Spring mattresses, and Sicilian marble bathrooms with separate power showers. The May Fair Kitchen offers Mediterranean-style sharing plates, and a delightful hotel breakfast.
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