The ten best hotels near Hyde Park
45 Park Lane has a younger, more boutique-like feel than its parent hotel, the stately Dorchester, just steps away, but standards are just as high. Here, elegant, contemporary rooms with Art Deco touches come with yoga mats and iPads. Each is assigned a knowledgeable ‘host’ – an update of an old-school butler, crossed with a concierge. The style continues in the stunning wood panelled lobby, but the hotel also hosts contemporary art exhibitions. Dining is at Wolfgang Puck’s steak restaurant CUT.
Attracting the glitterati over many decades, the Berkeley’s favourite haunts include the iconic Blue Bar, which recently acquired a state-of-the-art glass extension, though it kept its signature blue-painted panelling. There’s a new look to the façade, with a Richard Rogers-designed steel and glass canopy, and the Collins Room, formerly the Caramel Room, is now a light-filled space in ethereal silver. Marcus Wareing’s restaurant, Marcus, has two Michelin stars, rooms are pale and luxurious, and the glamorous rooftop pool is the icing on the cake.
Set in a modern building, the COMO Metropolitan’s zen-like, minimalist approach to luxury begins with the acres of white space in the lobby. Big windows ensure light fills the spacious white bedrooms, furnished in pale, barely-there neutrals with splashes of lemon. They also have bespoke artworks, touchscreens for controlling room functions and Nespresso machines, and some have balconies. The hotel is home to renowned Japanese-Peruvian restaurant Nobu, and to the Met Bar, scene of many a celebrity night out.
Timeless glamour is the hallmark of the Dorchester, one of London’s great hotels. Public rooms include the traditional-look Promenade, where afternoon tea is served amid pillars, palms and heavy drapes, while three-Michelin-starred Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester has a restrained, contemporary look. Chinoiserie meets Art Deco in China Tang, and the spa’s light lunch and tea space, Spatisserie, is suitably pale and serene. Rooms are decorated in classic English style, with white marble bathrooms that are said to have the deepest baths in London.
The Gore is ‘quintessentially British’ and set in a gracious Kensington house, and with all the accoutrements of a stately home (including statues and dark brooding colours schemes), it certainly reflects a ‘Downton Abbey’ style of Britishness; paintings in heavy gilt frames and tapestries line the walls in spaces warmed by open fires, heavy brocade curtains. Atmospheric Bar 190 has wood panelling, antique carved bedsteads, canopies, chaise longues and four-posters abound in the rooms, and there are even statues in some of the bathrooms.
Inside a row of typical Bayswater townhouses is this oasis of Asian-inspired calm, with sleek lines, a black-and-white palette, and wood accents. In the rooms, slatted sliding screens for windows, wardrobe and bathroom add to the zen vibe and make good use of space (which is limited in smaller rooms). White marble bathrooms and bathrobes add a touch of luxury. The long terrace, under an arbour, is perfect for summer drinks or dining, with delicate dishes from vegetarian restaurant Raw.
Five classic Notting Hill townhouses make up the Laslett, a home-away-from-home with an eclectic collection of British art, along with art and design books housed in the comfortable ground floor ‘library’. Rooms have art too, as well as vintage Penguin books, retro furnishings matched with modern pieces, bespoke lighting and chic bathrooms supplied with Neal’s Yard products. The Henderson Bar, with cocktails, tea and an all-day menu, is named for Russ Henderson, steelpan musician and one of the founders of the Notting Hill Carnival.
The New Linden follows the Mayflower Group’s model of offering modish style at a moderate price. The lounge combines comfy English sofas and an eastern vibe, with artefacts and teak arches. There’s also an outside terrace on the first floor for drinks. Most rooms have splashes of colour against a neutral backdrop, and some of the larger family rooms retain their elaborate period pillars and cornicing. Bathrooms are marble, with walk-in showers with deluge heads.
Overlooking Kensington Gardens, the Milestone is steeped in the luxurious maximalism of the Red Carnation brand. Public spaces include the clubby, book-lined and wood panelled Palace Lounge, and the Stables Bar, which unexpectedly has a full-on racing theme. Opulent rooms and suites are all highly decorated – and all different; some suites are very over the top, with curtained four-posters, wall tapestries and floor-to-ceiling windows. Bathrooms have Penhaligon’s toiletries, and floating votive candles appear at turndown.
Studios and a three-bedroom garden apartment are the accommodation in this Notting Hill house. Public spaces are an English-eclectic mix of retro wallpaper, 1950s radios, old oil paintings, comfy armchairs and a suit of armour on the landing. There’s also a paved, walled garden with a fountain. Studios are more modern, with smart bathrooms and well-equipped kitchen areas. The reception desk is open 24-hours daily and there’s housekeeping too. Vancouver Studios also has one- and two-bedroom apartments on a nearby site.
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