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What We Love

  • Quiet location in exclusive Mayfair, within walking distance of Green Park, Hyde Park and Bond Street
  • Home to a buzzy bar and a destination restaurant
  • Classy rooms with plush fabrics and creature comforts
  • Free WiFi
  • The bar has just been refurbished

What To Know

  • Deluxe rooms and above include a $23 daily credit for food and drink (excluding breakfast and room service breakfast)
  • The 24-hour gym is free, but there's a $25 charge to use the spa facilities (the fee is waived if you purchase a spa treatment)
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Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Casino
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Overview

Five-star glamazon in Mayfair with a destination restaurant and an alfresco cigar lounge

The Look

On a tree-lined street in one of London’s poshest neighborhoods, the May Fair Hotel is a ritzy retreat with regal connections. Opened in 1927 by King George V, this five-star haute hotel sits on a site that was once the location of the Duke of Devonshire’s London home. It’s decked out with designer furnishings from floor (Fendi sofas) to ceiling (Baccarat chandeliers) and attracts stars from fashion and film.

Bed and Bath

The hotel feels far more intimate than 404 guestrooms would imply. Spread across nine floors, room categories range from Superior (323 square feet) to palatial Signature Suites (2,142 square feet). Color combos vary, from spearmint-green and taupe to mustard-yellow and lilac, and they’re all dressed with tactile furnishings, Catalan furniture and Sicilian marble in the bathrooms. Samsung smart TVs with 400 channels, international power outlets, free WiFi and tea- and coffeemaking facilities come standard, and mini Smeg fridges emblazoned with the Union Jack feature in the Suites. Signature Suites are equipped with grandiose gadgets like Japanese toilets, color-changing bathtubs and even talking showers in some bathrooms.

Beyond

With a destination restaurant, two bars, an Asian-inspired spa, a private cinema (with Ferrari leather-trimmed seats) and a casino, the May Fair feels more like an urban resort than a hotel. Start with a cocktail at the May Fair Bar, where waiters often shimmy through with free canapés. Follow up with a meal at May Fair Kitchen, which evokes an ambience to recreate the culinary delights of the Mediterranean, showcasing an exquisite selection of Spanish and Italian small plates, and finish at the May Fair Terrace a stylish semi-alfresco lounge in the heart of the hotel. The basement gym is open 24 hours and sits next to the spa, which has an aromatic steam room, experience showers and a candlelit relaxation room.

In the Area

You’re a short walk from Green Park, which backs onto Buckingham Palace Gardens, and Hyde Park, where you can boat on the lake, ride along ancient horse trails or swim in the Serpentine Lido. Stroll Mayfair’s boutique-lined streets and pop into Dover Street Market, a multilevel hipster store adored by fashion editors, or head to Fortnum & Mason to gawk at the food hall. Shopping thoroughfares Oxford Street, Bond Street and Regent Street are all within walking distance, and for a spot of culture, walk along Piccadilly to the Royal Academy for blockbuster art shows.

How to Get There

The May Fair
Stratton Street, Mayfair
London, W1J 8LT United Kingdom

Reviews

High expectations based on price and positioning
Anfrist

Luxurious hotel in the center of London. All was good, but for that price you cannot expect anything else. Some of the personnel is a bit too stiff and can appear as arrogant to customers which they do not consider '5 stars'. Instead of just taking card details and checking it they take 2 gbp which then they suggest to leave as donation.

Honeymoon at the May fair
dmelia310634

Booked this hotel for our first day of our honeymoon, the staff couldn’t of been more helpful on arrival. I had booked a queen room and we got upgraded to a bigger room. They kindly put a welcome bottle of Prosecco in our room with chocolate covered strawberries. Our room was lovely and very comfortable, we also booked ourselves into dinner in the Mayfair kitchen which was a lovely experience with excellent food. Hopefully we’ll be able to come back to this hotel and stay again for our Anniversary. I can’t thank the staff and hotel enough for making it special

Should be better
barbaradwhite

A great area and presence should be more organised for check in and have a better menu for in house dining. Staff were helpful and friendly which helped, but waiting for five hours to get in to the room was not good enough.