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.
How to Get There
The hotel itself was amazing. This review is specifically about the lounge. Went there on Tuesday night for my Birthday, Dario made sure it was a wonderful event. Back there on Saturday night (reservations recommended, we were not aware). Dario again was happy to see us. He accommodated us, and once again a phenomenal time. Not only is the staff great, but the patrons are amazing.
The Mayfair Hotel remains my preferred choice for London, scores top marks for location, quality and atmosphere.
Unlike other properties there are always ample staff on hand to help, they have their balance spot on. Staff are polite, attentive and nothing seems too much trouble. A special mention must go to Amin, who was truly excellent, Amin went out of his way to be help, over and beyond the call of duty. My thanks to him.
The room was excellent with a street view, the bed and linen perfect, and the room and bathroom spotlessly clean. Room sizes are wonderful, great use of space and better than the small rooms of other London properties
If looking for high quality yet retaining the personal touch, the May Fair is recommended.
Down on its uppers, as the Brits would say. Given a terrible room at check in; view of a brick wall; changed after several calls by Duty Manager but not the way one wants to start a five day stay. Heating equipment didn't work (filter hadn't been cleaned) and when it did was hard to understand; carpets needed replacement; security men standing guard at entrance to bar in lobby wasn't exactly a warm sight. Minibar icebox didn't work (but was fixed at request).
Stayed at the May Fair for 5 nights with an overnight trip to Manchester to watch a football game in the middle.
The concierge team was amazing! They had a car set up waiting for us when we got off the plane that cost about the same as a taxi without the struggles. They booked our train tickets to Manchester and went out of their way to ensure we made it there on time in the morning (Thank you Chansard!!) and checked on us as to how it went when we returned.
There is a bar/night club with wonderful appetizers that makes you feel like you are in the hottest place in London, a cigar bar upstairs which feels as though you left and went to Havana, and a really nice taps Spanish restaurant with another good bar and great bartenders.
I appreciated the hospitality and kindness for a great birthday weekend that I hear is hard to find at other hotels in London.
I have stayed at this hotel several times before and it never disappoints. Excellent staff and service and outstanding breakfasts. I was upgraded on arrival and the room was very comfortable and well appointed. In a great location near Langan's and Green Park tube. One of my favourite London hotels.