5 Top Hotels in London You’ll Want to Book Instantly
I’m a bit of a country bumpkin, but I do love the occasional trip to London. It’s so different to where I live; there seems to be something to see and do (don’t believe me? Check out Discount London!). But, where’s the best place to stay for a truly memorable trip to London? Fear not – may our list of five top hotels in London help you make your best decision.
1. The Ritz London
The Ritz London is an iconic 5 star hotel located in Piccadilly with an impressive 133 rooms. Its reputation extends to the four corners of the world thanks to the industry leading service it provides.
The Ritz is often featured in the global media as the standard at which 5 star hotels should be measured against. Many famous names have stayed and played at its Ritz Club where wagers can reach into thousands of pounds.
Reflecting the elegant nature of the hotel’s architecture The Ritz London has a dress code in different areas of the hotel as follows: Gentlemen are required to wear a jacket and tie for afternoon tea in The Palm Court and for lunch and dinner in The Ritz Restaurant.
In all other areas of the hotel (The Ritz Restaurant breakfast service, The Rivoli Bar, The Long Gallery) and The Ritz Club, smart casual attire is suitable. Please note that trainers or sportswear are not permitted in any of the hotel or Club’s restaurants or bars.
2. Claridge London
Claridge’s embodies the essence of true English style. All 203 bedrooms and suites boast the latest in communications and entertainment technology. Rooms and suites have integrated DVD/CD sound systems and plasma TV screens. There is a wide range of suites, dining and meeting rooms, much in demand for cocktail receptions and press junkets.
The art deco Foyer and Reading Room, with its suede walls and leather banquettes, serve breakfast, light lunch, an award-winning afternoon tea and dinner. Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s Restaurant serves the finest modern French cuisine. Claridge’s Bar offers a convivial and relaxed meeting place, whilst the Fumoir serves fine wines and champagnes served in Lalique crystal. State-of-the-art Claridge’s Beauty and Fitness features a range of luxurious beauty treatments and an impressive gymnasium.
With two terraced penthouses with magnificent views over London, a sumptuous selection of suites by royal designer Linley, and Diane von Furstenburg, Claridge’s is the luxurious art deco jewel of London. In the heart of Mayfair, between Hyde Park and Bond Street, it offers a unique and tranquil base, away from the glare of publicity.
3. The Savoy London
A British icon since 1889, The Savoy has once again taken its place on the world stage after over a £100 million restoration. The hotel seamlessly blends elements of the original and the new while the stunning English Edwardian and Art Deco interiors sparkle with timeless elegance and glamour.
Its stand out bar, The American Bar, was one of the first places to offer American cocktails outside of the USA. The Savoy has also recently undergone a major restoration in order to boost standards at the already impeccable hotel where Churchill and co. often wined and dined in the superb surroundings. The top suite available at The Savoy, The Royal Suite, costs £12,000 a night for a stay; the ultimate in luxury!
With an enviable location on the River Thames, the London hotel is literally steps away from some of the world’s finest theatres, museums and opera houses. Its proximity to the City means The Savoy is ideally placed whether you are coming to London for business or pleasure.
4. 45 Park Lane
45 Park Lane is one of the newest 5 star hotels in London having opened in late 2011 as is a member of the exclusive Dorchester Collection. Located just around the corner from its parent hotel, The Dorchester, this luxury hotel is the first in Europe to have a restaurant with the highly decorated chef Wolfgang Puck called “CUT at 45 Park Lane”.
Throughout the hotel, luxurious and contemporary interiors by New York based designer, Thierry Despont, will provide a club-like feel offering the city’s in-crowd and the most seasoned of jetsetters a smart but discreet environment from which to enjoy London.
Each of the spacious 45 rooms and suites will offer views of Hyde Park, as will a spectacular Penthouse with wrap around terrace. A striking central staircase will lead to a mezzanine featuring Bar 45, a library, lounge and a private screening room.
Views of Hyde Park are aplenty from most of the rooms and suites on offer and the largest collection of American wines in the UK are available at Bar 45.
5. The Metropolitan London
The Metropolitan in London is among the capital’s most enduring design phenomena, a hotel that combines cool looks and cosseting service with a contemporary mindset, putting it squarely on the map of travellers seeking to be at the centre of the action.
From floor-to-ceiling windows, look out over a glittering skyline, comfortable in the knowledge you are standing right where it matters – on Park Lane, with the city’s best bar and restaurant in the very same building.
MET BAR – When it first opened in 1997, this sultry night time haunt became a byword for cool, answering a sophisticated need for privacy and energy, in a space reserved for hotel guests and members only. Interiors are clad in decadent red leathers, waiters in custom-made Armani. Bar staff – called ‘mixologists’ at the Met – create bespoke Martinis while headline DJs spin London’s lounge sounds.
The hotel’s sleek yet serene urban image combines soft whites, pear-wood panelling, suede upholstery and pure Egyptian cottons. Colours are subtle, featuring cosseting mauves and warm plum. Carefully selected pieces of antique Asian furniture introduce soft, Eastern accents.
Author: Sam Charles
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