51 Buckingham Gate, Taj Suites and Residences offers everything one would expect from a hotel by the Taj Group, famed for its attention to detail and genteel service. The hotel provides more of a residence than hotel stay, with 86 rooms and suites divided across three Edwardian red-brick buildings surrounding a charming courtyard. Ministers Suites and Falconers Suites speak to the hotel’s upscale Westminster neighborhood, but the luxury hotel strikes more of a contemporary tone with modern furnishings in rooms, neon lighting in the courtyard at night and even a glitzy Jaguar Suite designed for the sports car fanatic. Check-in is conducted over tea in the cozy lounge with leather-upholstered armchairs, which also serves as the breakfast room. Service has a home-away-from-home warmth that can be hard to find in buttoned-up London, and even international guests will feel right at home thanks to the hotel spa by Anne Sémonin and Indian restaurant, Quilon.