London's exclusive boutique hotel
22 Rooms / 6 Suites
It’s residents only at Hotel 41, giving this snug establishment the feel of an exclusive members’ club; it’s a real home away from home in the heart of the British capital. There’s a welcome desk at street level, but check-in proper happens an elevator ride away in the reassuringly traditional, but suitably decadent environment of the guests-only Executive Lounge. Complimentary glass of champagne in hand, you’re welcomed to Hotel 41 like an old friend.
Occupying the top floor of a historic building opposite the Royal Mews, site of the Queen’s stables, the hotel comprises just 28 rooms and suites, plus two self-contained apartments. The black-and-white color scheme found throughout the London hotel’s public areas continues into the bedrooms, creating a dramatic look softened by the use of traditional-style furnishings such as dark wood writing desks and brass lighting fixtures. Each room is a different shape, thanks to the layout of this old building, but they’re furnished in the same way, with king-size beds (in all rooms except executive doubles), entertainment centers and mini-bars tucked away behind mirrored cabinets, and characterful prints on the walls. Tasty housemade treats await you in your room following arrival, and wintertime turndowns include hot water bottles and a fire being lit in the grate (most rooms have open fireplaces).
The Executive Lounge, with its conservatory roof, roaring fire and wood paneling, is the center of goings-on at Hotel 41. It’s here that meals and drinks are served and there’s a semi-private mezzanine area with couple of computers, printers and phones, plus a beautifully carved chess set and other board games. Residents are welcome to kick back in the cozy private dining room, too, whether for family meals or more intimate tête-à-têtes.
There’s no spa or gym at Hotel 41, but you can call on the services of freelance therapists for in-room treatments, and have access to the nearby LA Fitness health club seven days a week. Just a two-minute walk away, it boasts a fully equipped Technogym gym, a 66-foot-long pool, a range of fitness classes, steam room and personal training. The luxury hotel provides towels, bottles of water and other workout essentials, so it’s just as easy as an onsite facility. Sports fans can take advantage of Hotel 41’s innovative buddy program, too, which pairs members of the managerial team with guests for everything from golf to trampolining.
While the boutique hotel doesn’t offer a formal restaurant, you’ll have plenty to choose from in The Executive Lounge. A hot and cold breakfast — including a daily changing signature smoothie and unusual treats like South African boerewors sausages — is served until late, with salads, soups, sandwiches and hearty meals like rib-eye steak or fish and chips available all afternoon and evening. A limited late-night dining menu, including butter chicken curry and Caesar salad, takes over after that.
In addition to the à la carte options, Hotel 41 offers all-day complimentary treats by way of a well-stocked buffet that includes ice cream, candies and nibbles like nuts and olives. A honesty bar runs all day (staff can help you mix a drink, if needed), afternoon tea is on offer, evening canapés are served, and the buffet switches to heartier fare — cheeses, cutlets, pies to name a few — by night. Perfect for those peckish after an early dinner and a show, or anyone seeking strength after a night on the town, the generous spread is available until the last guest goes to bed.