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The United Kingdom is home to a wide variety of luxury 5 star hotels with most located in its world famous capital, London. These businesses are crucial to tourism as many of the world’s wealthiest demand the highest standards for their visits to this region. Luckily, London boasts a generous selection of luxury 5 stars hotels for you to select from, some of which will follow.
The Ritz, Piccadilly
The Ritz London is one of the most iconic 5 star hotels 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 choosen this hotel as where to stay in London and played at its Ritz Club where wagers can reach into thousands of pounds.
The Savoy hotel is set back from the busy Strand and above the river on an island between two busy roads. The interior design style is Edwardian on the river side – see the famous lacquer-and-gilt Red Lift – Art Deco on the Strand side, where Gordon Ramsay has reopened the Savoy Grill. The American Bar manages Deco glamour and views of the Thames. Bedrooms are large and fresh, safely traditional without being frumpy.
The Dorchester, Mayfair
As a member of the world famous Dorchester Collection (a group of ten exclusive 5 star hotels worldwide), The Dorchester sits in the middle of Mayfair in Central London and boasts renowned Michelin starred restaurants and bars such as Alain Ducasse and China Tang on site where the finest dining and drinks are to be savoured. Opened in 1931, the hotel is steeped in history and its impressive quality of accommodation is matched only by the level of service provided by its staff. The service across the hotel is second to none, an impressive combination of easy-going but always polite charm and personality and superb efficiency.
Brown’s Hotel, Mayfair
Brown’s consists of 11 townhouses occupying two parallel streets off Piccadilly. Founded 175 years ago by the former valet to Lord Byron, it was a favourite of Agatha Christie, Alexander Graham Bell made the first ever telephone call, and it was where Rudyard Kipling completed The Jungle Book. Redecorated in 2005, the dark mahogany panelling and fittings on the ground floor were retained, but modern furnishings and notable modern art was added. Rooms are stylish and sophisticated, with cream carpets, cosy sleigh beds, antique dressers, modern lighting and high windows.
The Lanesborough, Knightsbridge
The Lanesborough is a central London hotel located in Knightsbridge. It offers the most expensive hotel suite in London “The Lanesborough Suite” which costs a cool £18000 per night! Included of course is a private butler, a chauffeur driven Rolls Royce as well as various other complimentary benefits. The dining isn’t bad at The Lanesborough either; it broke the record for the fastest time to receive a Michelin Star when its flagship restaurant “Apsleys, a Heinz Beck Restaurant” obtained the coveted award in less than 5 months of opening. If you want a luxurious and extravagant experience this 5 star hotel is definetly where to stay in London!
The Connaught, Mayfair
Seven years after it was reopened after major and very necessary restoration, The Connaught feels right, a successful mix of traditional and contemporary interior design styles. The staircase makes the place, of course, and the shoe-shine chair on the first landing shows how tradition is still important with service at its core. Of the 119 rooms, 30 are in the new wing: contemporary and slightly oriental in feel, with Japanese Toto heated seat/bidet loos. The rest, by Guy Oliver, are more traditional, but light. Butlers are on hand for all the bedrooms; service is generally very good and staff commitment high.
Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park
The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park hotel underwent a major facelift that was completed in the year 2000 and has since gone on to become one of London’s top hotels. It boasts a Michelin Starred restaurant in “Foliage” as well as a Victorian style decor. With over half of the 173 rooms and 23 suites overlooking Hyde Park, this exquisitely located 5 star hotel is ideal for anyone looking for luxury accommodation in Knightsbridge. The spa has exclusive treatments unique to this location and has been voted as the one of the UK’s best spa multiple times.
Claridge’s hotel is a legendary bolthole for kings, queens, grannies and Barbara Cartland (until she finally expired) now more frequented by those in search of British pomp with a modern twist. Reminders of a more dignified age include the wrought-iron lift with its comfy seat and uniformed attendant. The old style room is a world away from that whiff of bling on the ground floor. It felt frozen in time, an Art Deco period piece that must never change. Tea in the Grand Foyer, to the strains of violins, is the real highlight.
The Goring, Belgravia
The Goring was opened over 100 years ago and was the first hotel in the world that had a bathroom and central heating in every room; they have since come a long way! Nowadays, the hotel houses guests like the Royal family who stayed at The Goring in the build up to the Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011. This boutique hotel has a mixture of 69 rooms and suites which provide a quainter feel than some of the larger 5 star hotels in London. The bespoke Swarowski Chandeliers give a wondrous touch of grandeur to guests at The Dining Room restaurant which serves true British cuisine at this London landmark.
We hope you enjoyed our selection of the best 5 star hotels in London. If you have the opportunitie visit them all as the interior design style, the service, and the places itself are amazing!