6 of the most luxurious hotel stays in London
As travel restrictions are lifted, American travelers are turning their heads to London. London, one of the most exciting and majestic cities in the world, has luxury hotels to meet a range of tastes and needs. Whether you’re looking for a classic city suite in the heart of the action, or a lavish majestic floor-to-ceiling getaway, here are six superstar stays for VIP arrivals.
The Lanesborough London
In a word, The Lanesborough London is a masterpiece. Everything inside is a work of art, evident from the start when you first step into Viscount Lanesborough’s former home. The hallways, each and every one, are draped in artwork and sculpture to rival those of the V&A Museum, extending to social spaces and bedrooms. We love any property in the Oetker collection to be fair (Bristol Paris remains one of our all-time favorites), so the London edition came with high expectations, all dutifully met. Lanesborough Mansion has 93 suites and rooms, all with a distinct color palette but with endless neoclassical touches, floral embroidery, and chandelier lighting. A 2015 renovation carefully incorporated modern technology into the experience, so it’s not all the glamor of the Golden Age. You have heated bathroom floors, a year-round boon, not to mention cold winters, and a bedside shelf for effortlessly adjusting section lights, curtains, and temperature. Framed TV screens are disguised as paintings when turned off, keeping the ambiance of the room in sync with the historic building. Guests have access to a private butler, summoned via tablet or wall mounted butler buttons. They are fast, professional and make you feel like royalty – is that what life in the palace is like? Below, the Michelin star Celestial The restaurant is a must – think Manhattan’s DANIEL meets a British royal residence. And while most vacationers tend to avoid the gym, take some time for wellness. Their gym, club, and spa are a quiet underground getaway, larger than most hotels in town, with a divine hydroelectric pool. Spend a day here if the weather outside doesn’t allow for a walk in Hyde Park. Forget it, spend a day here anyway. Hyde Park can wait.
Shangri-La The Shard, London
Why bother booking tickets for the London Eye when your hotel room already offers a view of the observatory? the Shangri-La the shine occupies 18 floors of the modern icon and tallest building in London, with panoramic views of the city from every fabulous room – binoculars close at hand! Inside, you’ll enjoy floor-to-ceiling windows, elegant interiors that harmonize marble, silk and wood, and serene spaces bathed in natural light. Do whatever you can to hang a tub adjacent to the windows; some rooms and suites have the ultimate in soaking up the sky facing landmarks such as Tower Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral, depending on which direction you are facing. All accompanied by L’Occitane products to soothe sore muscles after a day of exploring them up close. The sumptuous whites of the Frette 300-thread count bed linen and the ultra-soft bathrobes follow one another to induce a heavenly sleep. Hotel amenities include a huge heated infinity pool, gym, wellness center, bars and the on-site Anglo-Asian restaurant, YOU, on level 35 is a delight for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner (all options are superb), using fresh ingredients from local vendors from nearby Borough Market – it even includes bread from the attic.
The London Ritz
The London Ritz is considered a treasure of the world and tops many travel lists – who wouldn’t want to experience the glamor and opulence of yesteryear by visiting a city as beautiful as London? Sitting next to the Royal Green Park and a short walk from the vast entertainment circle surrounding Piccadilly Circus, the 1906 Legend is the perfect base for all exploration needs. There are 136 rooms and suites, all of classic proportions and meticulously detailed. We love luxury suites. Their large, stately living spaces and beautifully decorated bedrooms are filled with mirrors that amplify the size and bounce both daylight and lamp light. Aside from the delicious Asprey care products in every marble bathroom; almost everything under this roof is tailor-made. From turquoise crockery to breakfast featuring the Ritz London logo, to champagne from the prestigious Ritz Reserve, to stylish disposable blue and white slippers. No detail is spared when it comes to finding the highest quality and most exclusive amenities. Additionally, guests staying in one of the Signature Suites receive complimentary one-way airport transfer within the Ritz Rolls-Royce Phantom – hand-built in England and custom-designed to the Ritz Hotel (also available for hire for the hotel and non-people staying at the hotel). Whichever level you choose, expect the experience to be unique and cherished.
Royal Lancaster London
What is the particularity of the Royal Lancaster London is its sober and classic luxury. The Hyde Park legend may be 54, but she effortlessly follows contemporary competitors. No wonder the clientele is fiercely loyal. There are 411 rooms and suites, full of British sophistication mixed with modern features. The Park Suite is our selection. Upon entering, guests are immediately amazed by the delightful view of the horizon and the garden. Not just any garden, Kensington Royal Gardens, nothing less (walk around to see Diana’s New Memorial). The view stretches to the bathroom, where a sparkling marble tub awaits to savor the sunset, accompanied by White Company goodies. The living space of the Park Suite features a soft color palette, from the earth-toned velvet sofa to the shelves, glittering with British knickknacks, and a glass dining table. In the bedroom, the king-size bed is luxurious when combined with plush feather pillows – electronically close the day and night shades and you’re on cloud nine. Families can book connecting classic rooms, the partition of which is made up of two (soundproof) doors that give the space an apartment-style feel. Breakfast is served in the dining room on the first floor daily from 7:30 am to 10:30 am. Make room on the schedule for dinner at Thai Nipa, the most authentic Thai cuisine outside of Bangkok, led by Chef Sanguan Parr for over 20 years. Nipa Thai can be served in the restaurant or in the privacy of your suite’s living room by a butler – the team can accommodate almost any request. If you want timeless luxury that isn’t popular with social media celebrities, you’ve found it here.
Covent Garden Hotel
Travelers on the lookout, we recommend spending quality time in London Seven dials. Once a calm and unpretentious alcove, today it serves as an ultra-trendy meeting place fusing a unique and relaxed rhythm with a thick air of excitement. As well as being in the heart of theater country, the retail and entertainment destination is an obvious find for newcomers looking to slip in plastic – over 90 stores, over 90 cafes, restaurants and bars, options of well-being like Stretching Inc, and of course the mighty one of Firmdale Covent Garden Hotel are available to them. While the bedrooms are compact, guests are invited to stretch out in their fabulous black and red projection room and large living room which more than makes up for square footage at bedtime. The bathrooms are ultra-modern and will delight lovers of soaking, accompanied by Rik Rak products and a TV integrated in the bathroom. Downstairs, the Max Brasserie is a hot spot for breakfast, but for lunch and dinner, step outside and explore nearby Neal’s Yard for Barbarism, a lively joint with flavors to surprise even discerning foodies, and Earlham Street for Seven Dials Market, full of independent restaurants like (MasterChef winner Tim Anderson’s stand, Nanban) that give Borough Market a run for its money.
THE LONDON EDITION
In terms of location, THE LONDON EDITION This is where the classic action is – London in the movies. You are within walking distance of Oxford Street and the nightlife of Soho. Inside, 173 rooms and suites offer a refuge from madness. Blend a scandi-chic woody oak design with a naturally lit space; the minimalist decor brings an air of calm to contrast the day. Bespoke furnishings, a George Smith sofa, and a stunning golden framed photograph by Hendrik Kerstens add character for a cabin feel (think private yacht type, since you have all the perks). The king bed, covered with a down comforter and pillows, is a blissful night’s dream that is carefully accessorized with the London faux fur throw. Rooms are small (though typical of London) so we recommend upgrading to suite living – some options have expansive terraces and deep soaking tubs with Le Labo products (including bath salts) for you. splash. offers are also worth a visit, like the Berners Tavern – great for breakfast – and the imposing lobby bar – you’re in a historic building after all.
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