What We Love
- Suites designed by the likes of Diane von Furstenberg and David Linley
- A head concierge who’s been with the hotel for 30 years, with contacts to match
- A quintessentially English high tea that’s regarded as one of the best in London
What To Know
- Valet parking is a steep $82 per day
- Look sharp: A dress code is enforced for afternoon tea, dinner in the Foyer and Reading Room, and drinks at Claridge’s Bar
- The entry-level rooms have queen size beds
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- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Claridge’s is both one of London’s most storied hotels—dating from the 1850s—and one of its most of-the-moment hotels. It found its identity in the 1920s and 30s, and is still an Art Deco jewel, even as it’s evolved and become an urban playground for the likes of celebs like Kate Moss and Jade Jagger. The glamorous, individually designed rooms and suites are some of the largest in London, with marble bathrooms, top-line entertainment systems and lush Bamford Natural and Organic toiletries. The spa is a haven on the top floor, with Sisley facials and a well-equipped gym.
In the Area
Mayfair is one of London’s most exclusive districts, filled with independent boutiques and stylish watering holes. It’s also close to the famous shopping on Bond Street and Knightsbridge’s temples to consumption, Harvey Nichols and Harrods. Guests can amuse themselves by strolling in Hyde Park or dining at other haute spots in the neighborhood, like Koffman’s at the Berkeley.
How to Get There
Claridge’s is a London icon in a terrific location but we were somewhat disappointed with our stay. The hotel is currently undergoing major renovation and will be wonderful when completed as we were fortunate to stay in a newly renovated room. The fittings and fixtures were first class with lovely bathtub and walk in shower, state of the art toilet, Dyson hair dryer, comfortable bed but sadly nowhere to stow luggage. A large chaise lounge took up much floor space and our luggage had to sit in centre of floor space. Our room faced a central courtyard and quality of sleep was terrible as the outdoor court renovations have lights glaring all night and the drapes do not sufficiently block out the light, making it seem like daytime in the room. Housekeeping seemed to be on skeleton staff as we were told our room would be serviced at 10am and returned at 3pm to an unserviced room. Front desk was however most apologetic and sent up a bottle of champagne to our room. Breakfast was wonderful, the gym is large and well fitted out, bars are funky but very expensive and concierge friendly. Our friends in older area of the hotel had unrenovated but larger rooms. Not quite the experience we expected for the cost of the stay. Having stayed at a couple of other 5 star hotels in London, I hope Claridge’s can maintain its reputation while under renovation but sadly it was lacking on this visit.
We were not staying at the hotel but we went there for dinner. The dinning room is attractively decorated in an in deco style. There is piano accompaniment and the tables are well spaced. The food and service were excellent.
Has to be done - staying at such an iconic hotel in London town is all part of the London experience.
Afternoon tea being a major part of course.
Staff are very efficient, no exceptions. From the doormen thru to the manager and all those in between