The concept of ‘boutique hotels’ actually started in London during the 1980s. While it is now a global concept, London is still the place to be for those who want to enjoy hotels that focus on class and style. Today, boutique hotels set themselves apart through their amazing service and rooms that often have a specific theme. If you want to enjoy London in true style and luxury, then a boutique hotel really is the only way to go. Let’s take a look, therefore, at the X best boutique hotels in London.
51 Buckingham Gate, Taj Suits and Residences
This hotel is a stone’s throw away from Buckingham Palace. The hotel has 5 AA Red Star ratings, includes three different acclaimed restaurants and has an award-winning spa to serve guests in their luxurious suites. This hotel offers its guests true privacy and luxury. Each suite is truly stylish, with a separate living area, a kitchen, satellite TV and DVD players. Many rooms have a view over the courtyard gardens. The hotel offers concierge services and is just a short walk away from some of London’s central points. The three restaurants are:
- Quilon Restaurant, which has been awarded a Michelin star. It services Indian coastal cuisine from the South-West of the country.
- Bistro 51, which offers a seasonal menu with dishes from all over the world.
- The Library, where guests can enjoy an organic breakfast in the morning.
41 is just behind Buckingham Palace, opposite the Royal Mews. The rooms are truly striking and the 5 star service is very attentive. Free snacks and canapés are offered in the wood panelled Executive Lounge every evening from 8.30pm. All bedrooms are black and white and come with air-conditioning, a handmade mattress and luxury movies. Guests can choose on demand movies, enjoy marbled bathrooms with Penhaligon’s toiletries and hook up to the iPod docks. Important public transportation spots and tourist areas are within walking distance. The hotel feels like an old fashioned London Club. Make sure you have breakfast or a meal in the Executive Lounge with its glass roof. Alternatively, book the Conservatory Master Suite, and you will be able to sleep under the stars.
The Soho Hotel
The Soho Hotel is conveniently located from Oxford Street and a range of other important tube stations and London locations. It has a gym with personal trainer for guests to enjoy. Being located in the heart of Soho, guests can enjoy some of the city’s best restaurants and most vibrant bars and clubs, as well as simply soaking up the historic atmosphere of Soho. Sitting in the park and garden of Soho Square is an experience that should be on everybody’s bucket list. The rooms are all air-conditioned and come with a flat-screen TV, iPod docking station and fully stocked minibar. Every room has an en-suite bathroom, but there are also two separate beauty rooms, where guests can have manicures, facials and massages. The hotel’s restaurant offers modern European cuisine, and there is also an award-winning bar.
The Rookery Hotel
The Rookery Hotel is located in Peter’s Lane, in the only remaining early houses on that lane. They have been extended and repaired to create a stunning boutique hotel. The hotel feels more like a private club, with is stone flagged floors, polished wood panelling, genuine antique furniture and open fires. It feels like stepping back in time, and entering a place that is homely, warm and classy.
The Savoy is famous all over the world. Opened in 1889, it is very close to the Royal Opera and the British Museum. On the banks of the Thames, guests can enjoy the history of London and the hotel itself. Frequented by Katherine Hepburn, Frank Sinatra and Sir Winston Churchill, the Savoy is a true piece of history. Every room is beautifully elegant and come with stunning marble bathrooms. Every room has been designed with period décor, but includes all necessary modern amenities. You will find Loewe LCD TVs and an iPod docking station. The bathrooms have giant showerheads and stunning chrome fittings. If possible, book a room that overlooks the Thames. In terms of dining, you can choose the American Bar, Gordon Ramsay’s Savoy Grill, the Thames Foyer or Kaspar’s Seafood Bar and Grill.
Adria Boutique Hotel
Finally, there is the Adria, which has set the standard for boutique hotel. It is located in an old Victorian townhouse in Kensington and offers gourmet cuisine and a butler service. The design is sleek, opulent and truly stunning. All bathrooms are marble and have underfloor heating as well as a walk-in waterfall shower. The rooms include HD iMedia hubs, iPod docking stations and an espresso machine. Surprisingly for such an upmarket boutique hotel, the atmosphere is incredibly relaxed, particularly in the breakfast room, where a range of breakfasts are on offer. If what you want is not available, the chefs will do their best to prepare it for you. You also have to visit the open-air Garden room with its retractable roof.