The May Fair
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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- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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.
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.
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My mum and I stayed here last weekend, and wow it was amazing! We stayed last year and have visited many times since but we had such a great time again! Everyone is so friendly, kind and welcoming! Our room was upgraded which was a bonus and we came as a ‘birthday treat’, we got a birthday cheesecake and Chocolate coated strawberries which was lovely! Food was amazing, room very clean and house keeping was super efficient!! We shall be back soon!
Not the best..a very tiny room and I don’t know why but when you spend £350+ for a 1 night stay and the shampoo in the shower comes in a cradle so you can’t nick the £1 bottle seems very strange to me!!..have previously stay in the Ritz and they just have a random Bose sound system on display and to use..
First time we visited and had high expectations. Room was small, outdated and bathroom was basic. No tea or coffee facilities, overall a bit disappointing for the money. You are paying for location unfortunately.
Don't stay here. Quality of accommodation and staff has gone down hill. Stay somewhere else when in London when on vacationing or on business.
The rooms are cramp and dark. The shower drain barely keeps up with the flow of water.
They require payment upfront - I can only assume because they are concerned their clientele is dishonest and will skip out on their bill. They certainly make you feel that way.
There are better options in London for the price for sure.
Great location for a special night , staff great but unfortunately room and public area in need of a make over . Better value can be found else where whilst I have stayed in London on business , breakfast is like a cafe which maybe due to the size of the space , very busy and no privacy