London has a long heritage of luxury hotels that offer opulence, grandeur, and style to visitors from around the world, particularly to Royal visitors and other dignitaries. The hotels are proud of their history, their reputation for service, their restaurants and bars, and the style and elegance of their rooms.
The names of the hotels alone are often enough to conjure up images of stylish rooms, haute cuisine, and exemplary service. Names like “The Ritz” and “The Savoy” are recognised all over the world.
The Savoy Hotel
The Savoy Hotel, situated on The Strand, London, with views over the River Thames, is ideally situated for business visitors to The City of London and leisure visitors to London’s Theatres and many other attractions. It is rare to pass the Savoy without seeing a Rolls Royce limo, or three, outside.
The Savoy’s refurbishment has re-established its place on the world stage. The hotel blends elements of its original grandeur with the best of modern energy efficient design. The refurbishment was led by the designer Pierre Yves Rochin.
The Savoy Hotel is best known for Gordon Ramsay’s Savoy Grill, its Afternoon Tea experience, and its decor and service.
The Ritz Hotel, situated at 150 Piccadilly, London, overlooks Green Park. Its central location is ideal for exploring many of London’s attractions.
The current owners, Sir David Barclay and Sir Frederick Barclay, bought The Ritz for £80 million in October 1995, at a time when it was in need of significant refurbishment. They spent 10 years and £50 million on a complete and total restoration, which was directed by architect Stelios Constantine.
The Ritz Hotel is best known for “Tea at the Ritz”, The Ritz Restaurant, and the Rivoli Bar.
The May Fair Hotel
The May Fair Hotel, on Stratton Street, in the heart of Mayfair, is ideally placed for visiting London’s many theatres, luxury fashion stores, and art galleries. Many celebrities frequent the May Fair Hotel, due to its warm and friendly welcome.
The May Fair Hotel was reopened in 2006 after a £75 million restoration, which added an expressive contemporary design to the historic building. The lobby is furnished by world famous designers such as the chairs and sofas by Fendi, chandeliers by Baccarat, and paintings from St. Petersburg.
The May Fair Hotel is best known for its signature suites, its Asian-inspired May Fair Spa, the Amba Bar and Grill, the May Fair Bar, and the Palm Beach Casino.
The Claridge’s Mayfair Hotel, a traditional grand hotel on Brook Street, in the heart of Mayfair, is ideally placed for visiting the city, London’s shopping districts including Bond Street, and Hyde Park.
The Claridge’s Mayfair Hotel, or Claridge’s as it is commonly called, is often called the best hotel in London, thanks in part to its close connections with the British Royal Family. Claridge’s is a Grade II listed building.
Claridge’s is best known for designer rooms and luxury suites, the Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s restaurant, and its Art Deco grandeur
The Grosvenor House Hotel, 86-90 Park Lane, Mayfair, London, which enjoys views over London’s iconic Hyde Park, is the largest five star hotel in London.
The Grosvenor House Hotel completed a four year £142 million restoration project in 2008, which added classic contemporary elegance to the traditional style of the hotel. Many original features were retained, with marble bathrooms that reflect an Art Deco influence.
The hotel’s imposing forecourt is graced by the original Lutyens wrought iron gates.
The hotel is most famous for its Great Room, its restaurant Corrigan’s Mayfair, and its society connections.