London s best hotels
London has some of the world's most luxurious hotels, with five star quality accommodation available, usually for a significant price, right in the heart of the capital of the United Kingdom.
Whether visiting the city for the first time or returning, finding a top ranked place to stay is a key part of the trip. Details of some of London's best hotels are given below.
The Dorchester is situated on Park Lane in Mayfair, a well-heeled area made famous through being the most expensive areas to rent in the game of Monopoly. Open for afternoon tea at The Promenade, and with several world-class restaurants, the Dorchester represents high-end luxury, with chef Jocylyn Herland interpreting Alain Ducasse's cuisine in the main restaurant.
Full details for the Dorchester, whether it be booking a room or a table in one of its restaurants, can be found at Thedorchester.com.
Another world-famous hotel in Mayfair is Claridge's, another five-star luxury establishment, conveniently placed for the City and for Hyde Park. The hotel has some fine Art Deco fixtures and fittings, adding another touch of elegance to the place.
The hotel boasts in its publicity material that "stars, socialites and the crowned heads of Europe" have enjoyed the venue for over a century, and on the sixth floor there are a well-appointed gym and beauty treatment rooms.
Further information about the prices and additional features of the hotel can be found at Claridges.co.uk.
Baglioni's Hotels offer another hotel close to Hyde Park, with the Baglioni Hotel London being situated in Kensington, at 60 Hyde Park Gate. The hotel has a restuarant, the Brunello, which faces Kensington Gardens, and offers Mediterranean food given an individual tweak.
There is a spa at the hotel, which features state-of-the-art aromatic steam rooms. Full information about the impressive range of luxury services on offer, as well as booking and price details, can be be found at Baglionihotels.com, in the London section.
A luxury hotel which is family-run is The Athenaeum in Mayfair. A much smaller affair than the others detailed here, and there are a range of rare whiskies on offer in a bar which the hotel's own publicity describes as "friendly and informal". The hotel has also won awards for its afternoon tea.
The ultimate Rooftop Suite at the hotel offers even more luxury, with a choice of three double bedrooms, two bathrooms and six plasma screen TVs on offer, as well as a superb view over central London, which can be surveyed from a private balcony.
Bose speakers are available in the rooms, where customers can use their own MP3 players and choose from a pillow menu. More information is available at Athenaeumhotel.com.