What We Love
- The complimentary “treats table” at the entrance, stocked with brandy, chocolate truffles, candy canes, and more
- Turndown service that includes a selection of eye masks and pillow calming sprays
- “Whatever, whenever” buttons on guestroom telephones
- The gratis evening canapés are recipes from the hotel’s 80-year-old owner, Bea Tollman
What To Know
- The Master Suite has unbeatable sky views, thanks to a glass ceiling
- The hotel’s mezzanine area houses a carved chess set and other board games
- Pets are treated to their own concierge
- Most of the rooms here contain open fireplaces
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
At this swish, 30-room hotel, steps from Buckingham Palace, even the check-in process—a personalized affair that unfolds from the comfort of a leather couch and crackling fireplace, with complimentary flutes of champagne—is unexpectedly luxurious. It’s just a sampler for what’s to come, thanks to a 2:1 staffer-to-guest ratio. From the comprehensive form patrons fill out prior to arriving, which touches on pillow preferences and preferred spa treatments, to a unique buddy program that pairs staff with guests to partake in a range of outdoor activities (golf; trampolining), there’s little the attentive managerial team isn’t ready to tackle. Rooms are chic black-and-white chambers, furnished with brass lighting and sleek writing desks—but you’ll likely spend most of your time at the Executive Lounge, a mahogany den decked with chandeliers that stands in for a traditional restaurant. Here, a steady succession of on-the-house snacks, part of the hotel’s generous “graze all day” policy, includes mini tubs of ice cream, afternoon scones and jams, and a midnight meat-and-cheese platter that elevates an already sumptuous stay.
In the Area
Situated across the Royal Mews and behind Buckingham Palace, you’re sandwiched between London’s cultural nucleus, Westminster—beware of selfie sticks—and its refined aristocratic heart, Belgravia. With its stone churches, white stucco homes, and secluded gardens, its no wonder the latter, an especially regal neighborhood, is one of the wealthiest districts in the world. You’re also just five minutes from the British capital’s oldest royal park (one of eight scattered across the city), St. James, a pristinely manicured playground with unmatched London Eye and Westminster views.
How to Get There
No reason to be sceptical about this Trip Advisor recommendation. Hotel 41 is every bit as nice as you would hope. The location isn't even the best part, although who could mind living meters away from The Royals. The Staff is the reason 41 gets its well-deserved rave. From the first greeting at street level, through your final farewell, the personnel know your needs, and anticipate your desires. We had a most delicious slice of chocolate cake, in recognition of our recent anniversary, awaiting our room arrival, as well as tickets to that night's Proms at The Royal Albert Hall (all pre-arranged by The Hotel.)
Our room and bath, away from the bustle below, were extremely comfortable. Our breakfast was first class. Kudos to Magdelena at Reception and Paula for their personalized attention. We hope to return.
I’d been fortunate enough to stay at Hotel 41 15 years ago on a mother-daughter trip with my 23 year old daughter. I knew if I ever returned to London, I’d be staying at 41. My husband and I visited in early July, 2019 and both loved every minute. The staff become like friends if you choose to spend time with them. We did. We enjoyed breakfasts, afternoon tea, drinks on the rooftop and plundering the pantry and many a fascinating conversation. Although all the staff was terrific, we especially want to mention Stefan, Osi, David and Mitch.
Our room was so comfortable and chic. I did not want to leave. Don’t walk, run to this hotel.
From the moment you walk into Hotel 41 you will be impressed. The decor, service and accommodations will not disappoint. With only 28 rooms you feel like you are in your own private club. This was one of the highlights of my trip.