A luxury five-star hotel in the heart of Mayfair combining Art Deco-style interiors with Twenties panache. This is the first hotel by Corbin & King, masterminds behind The Delaunay, Brasserie Zedel and The Wolseley. Enjoy immaculate service, a luxurious spa and commissioned public art-cum-suite, ROOM.
On a quiet road in Mayfair perpendicular to Selfridges on Oxford Street: a dream for devoted shoppers and gallery lovers. Overlooking Brown Hart gardens, the location offers a wonderful combination of being in the hub of the action but away from the throng of tourists. According to the British History website, it’s actually forbidden by law to quarrel in these gardens. It’s close to many bus routes and is a four-minute walk from Bond Street Underground.
Style & character
It’s the Roaring Twenties, an era of jazz, prohibition and scandal. Fictitious Jimmy Beaumont has left America to set up his eponymous hotel in pre-war Mayfair. You can almost see the Fitzgeralds gliding through the Art Deco-inspired interiors. Polished walnuts and muted upholstery offset an enviable collection of new and vintage furniture, rare books, objets d’arts and over 1,500 pieces of original artwork. The grade II-listed building’s real history is less exciting. Built in 1926, it was formerly known as Macy’s, a service and parking station. To the left of the utilitarian façade, you’ll notice a three-storey high Lego-like figure, squatting. This commissioned piece of public art by Turner Prize-winner Antony Gormley is an exclusive suite called ROOM.
Service & facilities
Immaculately-dressed staff are sublimely courteous and greet you by name as you pass.
Adding to its location, there’s an abundance of things to keep you busy. Relax in the luxurious hammam and spa, with a steam room, sauna and plunge pool. Upstyle in the hair and beauty salons. De-stress with a massage – or work it out in the state-of-the-art gymnasium. Guests can even travel around Mayfair in the complimentary chauffeur-driven Vintage Daimler. Or simply enjoy a cocktail or afternoon tea in one of the bars. For functions and parties, there’s the Lotos Room. Unsurprisingly, they’ve been awarded AA’s London hotel of the year 2016/17.
- Fitness centre
- Room service
- Steam room/hammam
The 73 luxurious bedrooms behold a uniform décor of grey carpets, smoke-mirrored walls and polished wood furniture. Amenities are squirrelled away in purpose-made cabinets meaning each drawer encloses something fun. Minibars (aside from alcoholic beverages) are complimentary and little touches such as homemade confectionary, fruit on arrival and turn-down are wholly welcoming. Superior rooms have large terraced balconies overlooking Mayfair. Art Deco bathrooms are large and brilliantly white; some baths even have televisions.
Taking centre stage is presidential suite, The Roosevelt, in which one can take over the entire fifth floor with interconnecting rooms. But the pièce de résistance is Gormley’s ROOM in the belly of the sculpture.
Food & drink
Kick the evening off with a whisky sour and a game of cards in The Cub Room before heading to The Colony Grill Room for dinner. Corbin & King have again mastered the art of creating a destination appropriate for any occasion – from casual brunch to formal dinner. The grill-based menu offers 1920s-American classics such as hot dogs, steak and fish. Highlights included the cajun-spiced swordfish and the Knickerbocker Glory with as many accoutrements as we could possibly stuff into our sundae glasses. If you’re not feeling like the size of Gormley’s sculpture, retire to The American Bar next door for more cards (you’ll win this time).
Each morning, guests can enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast in The Cub Room, while The Colony Grill Room offers cooked breakfasts including a superb full English.
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