The best hotels in Mayfair
An alternative kind of luxury hotel, 5 Maddox Street has 12 chic, contemporary suites offering total privacy, with the service of a 24-hour concierge and daily housekeeping. Suites have one, two or three bedrooms; some even have their own leafy patio or terrace. All have fully equipped kitchens and Nespresso machines, beds are Hypnos, toiletries are REN – it’s all top-of-the-range yet relaxed – a home away from home, in fact.
This luxury hotel with a strong Art Deco vibe is actually a modern creation – built inside Selfridges’ former garage by ace restaurateurs Chris Corbin and Jeremy King. They’ve applied their usual attention to detail to the polished wood panelling, oil paintings and curvy deco furnishings, making for a sumptuous, clubby feel. There’s grillroom glamour in the Colony, with rounded banquettes, 1920s sporting murals, and black-and-white photo portraits. Antony Gormley’s much-talked-about ROOM is a LEGO-like structural addition with a room at its heart.
Opened in 1837, Brown’s manages to be both classic and thoroughly up to date. Luxurious rooms and suites, designed by Olga Polizzi, feature muted olive greens, mustards and browns, lending a stylish, quietly contemporary but somehow homelike vibe. Well-appointed marble bathrooms come with Heeley toiletries. The cosy English Tea Room has dark wood panelling, while British restaurant HIX Mayfair showcases contemporary art by the likes of Tracey Emin and Bridget Riley.
The exuberant Chesterfield puts it all out there, from the wood panelled lobby with ornamented pillars, old oil paintings, chandelier and palms, to the heavy drapes and leather chesterfields of the clubby lounge, and the highly decorated rooms and suites - some floral and feminine, others with brooding greys and blacks. The intimate Terrace Bar bucks tradition by offering a ‘molecular cocktail experience’ created by cutting-edge mixologists. There’s a pianist in the evenings, too.
Claridge’s is all about shining Art Deco perfection matched with masterful modern touches – like the Medusa-like Dale Chihuly chandelier in the lobby – and the exceptional level of service of a great hotel. Whether it’s the after-dark charm of the Fumoir, the smart grey and stained-glass skylights of Michelin-starred Fera, or the decadence of the foyer, no deco detail is missed. Luxurious rooms continue the theme, and white marble bathrooms are suitably sybaritic. Comfort is key: bedside panels control mod-con room facilities.
The Connaught has been pampering guests since 1897. Beautiful public spaces include the intimate Coburg Bar and the Connaught Bar, with textured walls of silver leaf overlaid with dusty pink, pistachio and lilac – both do brilliant cocktails. Hélène Darroze’s two-Michelin-starred restaurant is also on-site. Guestrooms – in delicate pales – come in contemporary and classic styles. Contemporary rooms have original art; all have cashmere throws and Italian linens. The dramatic Prince’s Lodge suite, modelled on Kabul’s Peacock Palace, has wooden beams and a carved four-poster bed.
The landmark 1930s Dorchester is all about timeless glamour, as its many famous guests would attest. Supremely comfortable rooms are decorated in classic English style, with a light, creamy palette and luxury marble bathrooms. Suites are very grand indeed. Among the hotel’s elegant dining spots is the three-Michelin-starred Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester. Afternoon tea is served in the Promenade, with pillars, heavy drapes and sofas, and there’s even an ethereal spot for light lunches and teas in the spa – the Spatisserie.
A small, privately owned townhouse hotel, guestrooms at Flemings are sleek, have high-end furnishings and are not afraid of big slicks of bright colours. More expensive rooms, and suites, have Nespresso machines and some have access to their own small patio. The charming drawing room, where afternoon tea and cocktails are served, has striking teal banquettes and fashion books, while the wood panelled Ormer restaurant is a London venture of Michelin-starred chef Shaun Rankin, owner of Ormer Jersey.
The May Fair is a luxury hotel with a boutique feel. There are few hotel neutrals here. Instead, plush guestrooms come with sumptuous fabrics and swathes of deep colour, along with the comforts of padded leather headboards and Vi-Spring mattresses, and Sicilian marble bathrooms with separate power showers. Extravagant suites come in a spectrum of colours. Striking public spaces include the glitzy May Fair Bar and the May Fair Terrace, with an eastern feel and a top selection of cigars.