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Top 5 Luxury Hotels in London

05 Nov, 2015

 

Here is a list of what I personally think are the top 5 luxury hotels in London.

Since London is much about private members clubs, these hotels are great to visit if you want to go somewhere elegant for lunch/dinner/afternoon tea or grab a drink with your friends without the hassle of being a member somewhere. The crowd in these hotels is usually very upscale and perfect for people watching.

 

 

1. The Dorchesterbottomline

 

The Dorchester Hotel

Main entrance

 

The Dorchester Hotel

The lobby bar. Great for afternoon tea & people watching.

 

The Dorchester Hotel

China Tang bar & restaurant

 

The Dorchester Hotel

Alain Ducasse michelin starred restaurant

 

Owned by the sultan of Brunei and located at Park Lane in Mayfair, The Dorchester is one of London’s most famous and exclusive hotels. I love this hotel because of it’s lavish interior design, when you enter the lobby you feel like you are walking in to someones luxurious and extravagant house.

Many people come here for dining or to have drinks. It’s a social place, easy to meet new people (many arabs & Russians though). I would recommend their restaurant by Alain Ducasse (one of the best michelin starred restaurants in London) and China Tang for food & drinks. Let’s not forget their afternoon tea on the ground floor, which is perfect for people watching.

Rooms: 250 + 49 suites

Restaurants: 5 – The Grill, Alain Ducasse, The Spatisserie, The Promenade, and China Tang.

Bars: 3 – Lobby bar, China Tang, The Promenade.

Location: 53 Park Lane, Mayfair

Cheapest room rate: starting from £480/night

Website

 

 

 

2. The Connaughtbottomline

 

The Connaught Hotel

The main entrance

 

The Connaught Hotel

Espelette, their restaurant and host for afternoon tea

 

The Connaught Hotel

Their popular bar “Coburg”

 

The Connaught Hotel

The lobby

 

The owner of this hotel owns also my other favourites Claridge’s and Berkeley (see below), but there is something special about The Connaught. It’s much smaller in size than the Dorchester, which makes it feel more intimate. The Connaught is popular for business meetings, afternoon tea and lazy drinks at their popular Coburg bar. It’s actually one of my favourite bars in London, as it’s extremely cozy and brings a good crowd – especially on Sunday afternoons.

Rooms: 121

Restaurants: 2 – Hélène Darroze at the Connaught, Espelette.

Bars: 2 – The Coburg, The Connaught Bar.

Location: Carlos Place, Mayfair

Cheapest room rate: starting from £567/night

Website

 

 

 

3. Claridge’sbottomline

 

Claridges Hotel

Main entrance

 

Claridges Hotel

The lobby

 

Claridges Hotel

The restaurant and host for afternoon tea

 

Claridges Hotel

Their popular bar

 

If you haven’t watched the BBC documentary show about the inside world at Claridge´s then I would really recommend to watch it. (It makes you really understand how a luxury hotel of top standard actually functions).

Claridge’s is one of Londons oldest hotels (opened in 1810) and is beautifully designed in true Art Deco style, keeping the classical touches of luxury. This is a hotel popular for weddings, high society events and celebrity spotting. For an outsider, their bars are great for drinks but most famous is their afternoon tea which has been voted as one of the best in London.

Rooms: 203 + 11 suites

Restaurants: 2 – Fera at Claridge’s (Michelin starred), The foayer and reading room

Bars: 2 – The main bar at the ground floor, The Fumoir

Location: Brook street, Mayfair

Cheapest room rate: starting from £504/night

 Website

 

 

 

4. The Berkeley hotelbottomline

 

The Berkeley Hotel

Hotel from the outside

 

The Berkeley Hotel

Lobby

 

The Berkeley Hotel

The famous “Blue bar”

 

The Berkeley Hotel

The famous roof top pool

 

An elegant and popular hotel, situated in a prime location of Knightsbridge – The Berkeley hotel is an important game player for many wealthy visitors (but also celebrities). The hotel is well-known for their rooftop outdoor pool, which is one of the very few non-hotel guests are able to pay a visit (for a fee) during hot summer days in London. For bar-hopping, their Blue Bar is a given choice for any Jetset Babe out there.

Rooms: 210

Restaurants: 3 – Koffmann’s, Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley (Michelin starred), The caramel room

Bars: 1 – The Blue bar

Location: Wilton place, Knightsbridge

Cheapest room rate: starting from £420/night

Website

 

 

 

5. Wellesley Hotelbottomline

 

Wellesley Hotel

Entrance

 

Wellesley Hotel

Hotel lobby

 

Wellesley Hotel

Their cigar bar

 

Wellesley Hotel

The Jazz Lounge with live music

 

Owned by arabs, Wellesley is a luxury townhouse with the inspiration from the 1920’s. This upscale hotel may be small in size, but just intimate enough for those guests who seek an elegant but more private hotel. All of their 36 rooms have butler service and the hotel offer their guests complimentary service with a chauffeur driven Roll Royce.

For cigar lovers I think their heated outdoor terrace bar is great any time of the year to enjoy some of the best cigars in the world. But even better is their Jazz lounge which has got live music every thursday, friday and saturday. Perfect in my eyes when you want to enjoy some elegant fine dining with live entertainment.

Rooms: 36

Restaurants: 2 – Oval restaurant, Jazz lounge

Bars: 3 – Crystal Bar, Cigar terrace, Jazz Lounge

Location: 11 Knightsbridge

Cheapest room rate: starting from £505/night

Website

 

Other luxury hotels

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If you ever visit London and would like to pop in somewhere classy for food or drinks – then visit any of the hotels I recommend in this post. Here is a list with other hotels worth checking out:

 

45 Park Lane hotel  – Mayfair

The Athenaeum Hotel – Mayfair

Baglioni – High street Kensington

Blake’s hotel – Chelsea

Brown’s hotel – Mayfair

Bulgari hotel – Knightsbridge

Capital hotel – Knightsbridge

Chiltern Firehouse – Marylebone

Four Seasons – Mayfair

Goring Hotel – Belgravia

Grosvenor House – Mayfair

Halkin – Belgravia

Ham Yard – Soho

Hilton Park Lane – Mayfair

Hyatt Regency Churchill – Mayfair

Home House – Mayfair

Intercontinental Park Lane – Mayfair

Jumeirah Carlton Tower – Knightsbridge

Landmark – Marylebone

Lanesborough Hotel – Knightsbridge

Langham hotel – Marylebone

Le Meridien – Mayfair

Mandarin Oriental – Knightsbridge

One Aldwych – The strand

Ritz – Mayfair

Savoy – The strand

Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences – Belgravia

 

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The Palace Sliema Review

12 Jun, 2014

The Palace Hotel Sliema

The Palace Sliema Review

I just came back from Malta, where I stayed at The Palace in Sliema which is a lovely boutique feel 5 star hotel.

Traveling is one of my biggest passions in life, and half of what makes the trip is the accommodation. For this reason I try and stay at 5 star hotels as often as possible, not because of the “it’s image” but because of the treatment & service you get.

The Palace Hotel Sliema

The Palace gave me the excellent comfort I require,

there was absolutely nothing that could have made me home sick or feel discomfort – In fact I wish I could have remained sleeping in their comfortable beds forever! I feel so rested coming back, and it’s thanks to the high quality accommodation.

The first thing I do when arriving to a new hotel room is to inspect the view.

For me I need a balcony otherwise I feel crammed in my personal space. The view from my hotel room was absolutely stunning – panoramic sea view accompanied with the charming cities of Malta. When I was waking up each morning – I would just stand on the balcony for a few minutes, admiring the silent city and absorbing the morning tranquillity I so require.

The Palace Hotel Sliema

It’s so important how you start your day, especially when it comes to the breakfast.

I’m quite a picky eater as I’m vegetarian but I still found plenty of options not to mention one of the best scrambled eggs I’ve ever had! Perfectly moist, not too dry! I never manage to make scrambled eggs like that myself. For this reason I do love the 5 star hotel breakfast, as there’s always quality food – never disappointing!

The Palace Hotel Sliema

During my stay in Malta I spent a lot of my time at the hotel for various reasons.

I discovered their roof top infinity pool with – again – a panoramic sea view (It’s absolutely stunning). I literally moved up there to one of the deck chairs, ordering rosé and absorbing the sun like a D-vitamin addict.

My friends were really impressed with my tan since I got back, I was only away a few days but now am chocolate brown. I wonder if it’s because I was sunbathing on a roof top and the skin absorbs the sun more intensely? Either way I’m loving my new tan, hope it lasts for a while ☺

The Palace Hotel Sliema

Great Wi-Fi!

Another nice thing when you hang by the pool is having excellent internet connection. My goodness, why don’t more hotels think about the importance of powerful Wi-Fi?

I had super fast broadband everywhere I went; in my room, on the balcony, by the pool, in the breakfast area & even in the bathroom (haha). Loved the fact that you don’t need to sign in, pay or create any form of account to be able to use the Wi-Fi. Wish more hotels could have that type of service for true internet addicts like myself.

The Palace Hotel Sliema

To summarize I’d recommend anyone who goes to Malta to pay The Palace a visit.

Their rooms are absolutely lovely, some are designer suites with fantastic decoration. My favorite is the Flavors suite, simply because I’m a big fan of the 50’s era.

But really, pay them a visit because of their service. Their staff are so friendly, making you feel welcome & well taken care of. For me it’s those small details that makes the entire stay feel top notch and just the way I believe a 5 star hotel should be like.

The Palace Hotel Sliema

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The Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai

13 May, 2014

 

The Burj Al Arab Hotel Dubai

 

The Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai

 

The Jumeirah Burj al Arab hotel is probably the most famous hotel in Dubai, located in the Burj al arab tower. Built in 1999 on an artificial island 200 metres from the Jumeirah beach, this is the fourth tallest hotel in the world with it’s 321m height (1,053 feet).

 

The Burj Al Arab Hotel Dubai

 

The Burj Al Arab Hotel Dubai

 

The Burj Al Arab Hotel Dubai

 

“The 7 star hotel”

 

Although in reality the hotel has the maximum a hotel can get (5 stars) it’s given the title of worth 7 stars due to the exclusive service that is being offered. You arrive to the hotel and get greated with a golden ipad which will serve you as a virtual concierge, offering information, house keeping & butler services.
(Yes, you can actually have your own personal butler at this hotel.)

 

The Burj Al Arab Hotel Dubai

 

But you also get…

 

  • 8 restaurants & bars
  • Swimming pools (2 outdoors, 2 in doors),
  • Private beach,
  • Luxury Spa,
  • Gym (men & women seperate of course),
  • Access to the Wild Wadi Waterpark
  • Helicopter/Rolls Royce/Mercedes transfer to the airport. (The Dubai International airport is approx 35 min drive away)

 

The Burj Al Arab Hotel Dubai

 

The Burj Al Arab Hotel Dubai

 

The Rooms in Burj Al Arab

 

The Burj Al Arab Hotel Dubai

 

The Burj Al Arab Hotel Dubai

 

No standard double rooms,

 

..They don’t exist at the Burj al arab! Here you will find 202 duplex suites with a starting price of US$1,772 per night. The most expensive suite is the Royal Suite (listed in the top 12 of worlds most expensive hotel suites) at a price of US$20,716 per night.

In each room you will find an iMac, plasma screens and other luxury amenities like walk in showers & jacuzzis (and in the most expensive suites you get also complimentary Hermès toiletries 😉 )

 

The Burj Al Arab Hotel Dubai

 

The Burj Al Arab Hotel Dubai

 

The Guests

 

Although it’s a very exclusive hotel, you don’t have many politicians or royals staying here. Instead Burj al Arab is popular to the richest – like Russian oligarchs, wealthy arabs & asian business men. (And of course all the Jetset Babes accompanying them)

 

The Burj Al Arab Hotel Dubai

 

The Restaurants & Bars in Burj Al Arab

 

The Burj Al Arab Hotel Dubai

 

Al Muntaha

* Panoramic view located 200m (660ft) above the persian gulf, giving an amazing view of Dubai.
* European fine dining (a la carte menu)

Skyview Bar

* A cocktail bar connected to the Al Muntaha restaurant.

 

The Burj Al Arab Hotel Dubai

 

Al Mahara

* Award winning restaurant in an underwater location
* Sea food a la carte menu

Al Iwan

* Located next to the spectacular lobby foundatin giving an amazing ocean view
* Arabian and Internation cuisine

Junsui

* Authentic Asian cuisine
* Stylish cocktail lounge with live cooking stations (perfect entertainment for pre/post dinner drinks)

 

The Burj Al Arab Hotel Dubai

 

Majlis Al Bahar

* Middle eastern & Mediterranean cuisine
* Situated on the beachfront

Bab Al Yam

* International cuisine, Buffet & a la carte
* Located by the pool and act as a pool side café
* Informal and open for breakfast/lunch

Sahn Eddar

* Reception bar
* International cuisine / After noon tea
* Situated in the atrium

 

The Burj Al Arab Hotel Dubai

 

On a budget?

 

The Burj al Arab is a private resort, and it’s closed to non-guests.

You can still visit the hotel if you have a dining reservation at any of the restaurants. If you’re on a budget but still wish to make Burj al Arab a visit, go for the after noon tea which starts at US$78 per person and would be the cheapest option.

 

The Burj Al Arab Hotel Dubai

 

Best time to visit Dubai?

 

Winter season is high season and summer is low season.

 

The Burj Al Arab Hotel Dubai

 

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