Mayfair is London’s ultimate luxury destination and home to the rich and famous. Whether you’re looking for classic luxury or something modern and sleek, here’s Culture Trip’s pick of the best hotels in Mayfair to choose from.
The May Fair was opened by King George VI in 1927, which gives you an idea of the levels of luxury you can expect from this classic establishment. Impressive from the offset, there’s plenty of colour and a gorgeous terrace to make you feel like the queen of the castle.
The Connaught is the pinnacle of luxury, renowned for its excellent service and sophisticated decor – but what else would you expect from a Mayfair establishment? Surrounded by luxury shops and restaurants, and just a five-minute walk from Bond Street station, the location is hard to beat, but it’s the hotel’s style that keeps it up there with the top places to stay in London. Modern art and contemporary rooms sit alongside traditional features, such as gilded ceilings and marble floors.
Located alongside Park Lane, the COMO shies away from being your classic London hotel; instead attracting a much hipper, trendier clientele. Sleek and understated, with pops of colour here and there, there’s an immediate feeling of serenity when you step inside. The hotel’s main restaurant is Nobu, and it goes without saying that you should spend an evening here.
The Chesterfield is exactly the type of hotel you’d envisage when thinking of Mayfair; traditional, elegant and a little quirky. The reception is eccentric and welcoming, while rooms are lavishly decorated, with antique furniture and artwork. Dogs are allowed here, and as an added bonus staff will even walk them for you.
Located just off Oxford Street, this hotel is perfect for keen shoppers who want a trendy place to retire to after a long day. The Art Deco-inspired interiors are authentic and captivating, and the bar and restaurants are real highlights. If you’re looking to stay in style then look no further than the hotel’s exclusive suite Room, commissioned to Turner Prize-winner Antony Gormley.
The Four Seasons name may conjure up images of New York, but the Mayfair offering is a world away from the bright lights of NYC. Located on Park Lane and overlooking Hyde Park, its location is ideal for the super-rich, meaning you can expect a whole lot of luxury. Rightly so, as the hotel is designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon, one of the most celebrated hotel interior designers in the world.
A true London establishment, The Dorchester opened its doors in 1931, and has been a favourite of celebrities and the super-rich ever since – even HM Queen Elizabeth II is a fan. The afternoon tea is one of the best in the city, and no visit to London should be without a scone or two. The spa is celebrated worldwide so be sure to book in some me-time. Christmas is a particularly charming time to visit, as the hotel really goes all-out for the occasion.
If you want to make Mayfair feel like home (albeit a very fancy one) this is the place for you, as the suites combine luxury service with the comfort of your own apartment. Sleek, modern interiors with pops of colour and enough space to practise your yoga moves make for very happy guests.
It really doesn’t get fancier than this. The Ritz is a London institution, famed for its lavish decor and delicious afternoon teas. Both are worth visiting for, but it’s the atmosphere that’ll really captivate you. Always buzzing and the perfect spot for people-watching, a stay here will leave you feeling relaxed and pampered. As one of the world’s leading hotels, you can expect exceptional service and exquisite food.
At the cheaper end of the scale for this London address is Flemings, spread across 13 classic townhouses and big on guest experience. Sometimes simplicity really is key; a timeless interior, excellent service and delicious food. Best of all, you won’t be completely out of pocket.
Elegance personified, The Westbury is a truly classy hotel. What it lacks in gimmicks it makes up for in sheer style, with luxurious bedrooms, an indulgent bathtub and game-changing restaurants. Be sure to enjoy one of the famed cocktails in the Polo bar to fully soak up the atmosphere.