4.5
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What We Love

  • Location on a quiet mews street in Mayfair
  • The Daniel Thwaites Bitter on tap in the historic American Bar
  • There is a working 380-year-old wine cellar
  • International electrical sockets in all rooms
  • A large cobbled terrace area, great for alfresco drinks in the evening
  • Free WiFi

What To Know

  • There’s only a small fitness room in the Mews building
  • The Lyttelton restaurant serves as a walk-through room from the lobby to the bar, so lacks an intimate atmosphere
  • Some of the original buildings’ charm has been lost as a result of numerous modernizations and refurbishments over the years
  • Pets are not permitted
  • The Lyttelton Restaurant is closed on Sunday evenings

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Restaurant
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Overview

Circa 1912 Edwardian hotel in central Mayfair with English period furnishings and a storied bar

The Lowdown

The Stafford London is one of London’s well-hidden addresses. Like the Old English Gentleman’s Club it once was, you have to be in the know to find it. Down one of Mayfair’s quietest mews streets, it even has a secret passage that leads directly to Green Park—great for an early morning run. It is also home to one of London’s most historic bars (filled with over 3,000 pieces of quirky memorabilia) and a restaurant that serves excellent seafood. But where the Stafford really excels is its 67 individually designed—and supremely quiet—guest rooms, with heavy patterns, textured headboards, and framed black-and-white photographs. Don’t miss a candlelit tour of the hotel’s expansive wine cellars with master sommelier Gino.

In the Area

The Stafford is centrally located, just steps from Spencer House and St. James Palace. The hotel’s concierge leads the “Secret’s of St. James’s Tour” which gives a glimpse of the area’s history through its local barbers, hat-makers, and tailors. The iconic Fortnum & Mason food hall is just a few blocks away—stop by the ice cream parlor for sweet-tooth delicacies like macaroon ice cream sandwiches or a strawberry-and-vanilla sundae. Another neighborhood must: the Imperial War Museum, where you’ll learn everything you never knew about British war history.

How to Get There

The Stafford London
16-18 St James's Place
London, SW1A 1NJ United Kingdom

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 1296 Reviews
A Luxurious Disappointment
Reviewed 5 days ago

If you are a well heeled traveler and the front desk gives you Room 122 on arrival run out of here fast. A glance of the half sized door and entryway will remind you of the tiniest flat in Chelsea jammed between standard row homes. The bathroom (tiniest in my 30 year London hotel experience) was so narrow you had to walk sideways to not hit the towel rack or fall into the tub. To sit on the toilet in this room you must remove the lower toilet paper holder from the wall. This is not the timeless luxury I read about. What annoyed me most was that the hotel charged 1.3 times the rate of my previous nights for a Friday evening stay and when I asked for an improvement in the rate for this room to match the other nights , rather than address my concern I was given a 10% discount card for my return stay and made aware of a London congestion rule that allows the hotel to charge more. A 10% discount for a room that was 50% smaller than the rest and is probably sold on last minute websites doesn’t seem fair. I am in London many times a year and decided to stay here because of a great evening with clients at the American Bar on my last trip. Much to my dismay and I am sure to many others who love this bar, it is now elongated no longer clubby and intimate but rather an amalgamation of metal glass racks that sit just above head level. I felt like I was drinking on the other side of a cage, with the added bonus of having the glare of the under-mount lights for the glass racks right into my eyes. This was a horrible change by management and many in the bar commented about this. This is a nice quiet hotel and nicely appointed but is located in an area mainly for tourists, unless your clients are the Royals or hedge funds in Berkeley Square. Even then there are closer hotels. Breakfast in the Gamebird was fantastic. Sorry, but I really wanted to like this place, having seemingly been shafted with Room 122 and an assistant front desk manager who had zero customer service skills, I will not return to stay or to have a drink at the bar. Too many other London hotels close by offer much better!

Tucked away and secret!
Reviewed 7 days ago

A secret luxury hotel, away from it all but a few steps from being right back in the thick of it. Old world, luxury charm, with great service (apart from one lady who was rather snooty to me whilst checking in - but it may have been because I was flustered somewhat!). My husband and I stayed here as we were attending a nearby event and decided to stay in town rather than rush back on the train. We were so glad we did. Lovely room on the 6th floor (I had requested a quiet room), good size, marble bathroom and everything you need - apart from tea making facilities! Good coffee machine, fresh milk etc, but it would have been nice to have had the very english facility of being able to make yourself tea first thing in the morning!
Breakfast was excellent, as was the service. Good variety for continental breakfast and an excellent array of choice for cooked to order food.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and to be honest wished we had booked 2 nights! We will certainly stay again. It's a charming, elegant and a serene stay in a busy City.

Absolute luxury
Reviewed 1 week ago

This beautiful and elegant hotel has outstanding features with great and wonderful characteristics its sure to impress the eye of anyone looking to stay in a luxury hotel like this, my room was fantastic and quirky with a timeless feel, i would certainly want to stay in the room longer if i had the time, but due to work business i was shortly out of a room that i felt i could live in. Great stay and thanks to all those whom helped.

Elegant and Timeless
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Stafford is one block from "everything" - restaurants, shops, people on the street, yet it remains an oasis of quiet elegance, personalized service and just about everything a traveler wishes in a hotel. Rooms are well appointed, dining is available all day and the outside patio is a special treat. We have stayed here twice a year for many years and will return again this winter.

A Beautiful Hotel in the heart of London
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Out of the many hotels to choose from in London it was a very easy decision to return to The Stafford, this time for a special occasion with my wife. The warm welcome "home" we received when we checked set the tone for the rest of our memorable stay.

Our room was amazing room, it was light and spacious and had the most comfortable bed.

We enjoyed a light lunch in the courtyard that was fresh and very tasty.

The breakfast was superb.

I would like to thank everyone at the hotel, for making our stay so special and welcoming.

We will defiantly be back very soon !.