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If you’re looking for the best luxury hotels in London, you won’t find ones better than Forbes Travel Guide’s Five-Star properties. From the attentive, thoughtful service to top-notch, exclusive amenities, our Five-Star hotels consistently deliver a luxurious, memorable experience.
Most of our winners are located in the tony Mayfair neighborhood. Try to reserve one of The Dorchester’s gorgeous suites — The Harlequin was a favorite of actress Elizabeth Taylor’s. Dine on contemporary French food at Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester — one of the city’s top restaurants — and schedule an appointment for a massage at Four-Star The Dorchester Spa. Across the way is 45 Park Lane, The Dorchester’s sister property. Inside 45 Park Lane, you’ll see art-deco splendor, but the rooms are ultra-modern, with iPads, cordless touch-screen phones and Bang & Olufsen TVs in the bedroom. Not only is Four Seasons Hotel Park Lane a Five-Star property, it has a Five-Star spa. It also offers one of the best amenities for travelers: a 10th-floor arrival lounge with great views of Big Ben and the London Eye and showers, in case you arrive early and want to freshen up before check-in. Mayfair hotel Claridge’s showcases its art-deco heritage in its stunning Foyer restaurant, with its arched doorways and elaborate silver screens. The guest rooms have the same look, but if you want something different, book one of the suites designed by Diane von Furstenberg. The Connaught has the feel of a boutique hotel with just 123 rooms, and a glamorous design that makes the guest rooms feel residential.
The Savoy, located in Convent Garden, is one of the most iconic of the Five-Star hotels. Learn more about its storied past at its onsite Savoy Museum. An important part of that past is its American Bar. A number of famous cocktails, like the dry martini, were created at that very bar.
If you make Knightsbridge your base, try The Lanesborough, a St. Regis Hotel. The luxurious hotel caters to business travelers — every room comes with a Sony Vaio laptop and personalized business cards — but it has amenities everyone can appreciate, including a guests-and-members-only outdoor cigar lounge that has the city’s largest walk-in humidor.
I don’t use lots of hotel in London because I live here, but I think The Connaught is a good representative of this beautiful country.
London does luxury like nowhere else. Butlers, afternoon tea and a particularly British standard of silver service mark out the hotels here with a style all their own. But each one retains its own distinct character and choosing the right one for you is a big decision that can make or break your stay.
Out and out glamour is what the Savoy is all about and the hotel's art deco style is truly opulent. Stay here for old-school bling and five-star rooms with lush fabrics and river views. The American Bar should not be missed for cocktails, and afternoon tea in the Thames Foyer is an unforgettable experience. The hotel's location on the Strand makes it convenient for the West End.
Elegant and calming, the Ritz is the quintessential London hotel. Stay here for gold-standard service, rooms with country house style and views over the park, and the most highly regarded afternoon tea in town. Located on Piccadilly, overlooking Green Park, a stay here gives easy access to both the West End and Knightbridge, to the west.
Like staying with a very rich friend, the Lanesborough is the last word in hospitality. The first hotel to be designed around the butler, there is someone quite literally at your beck and call at all times, and rooms are as extremely homely. Located at Hyde Park Corner, this hotel also has lovely views over the park.
There are a plethora of five-star hotels in London, ranging from chic boutiques to decadent B&Bs. But to experience the ultimate in British hospitality, head to one of these magnificent heritage hotels.
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
This stunning Edwardian building in upmarket Knightsbridge is home to some of the most decadent rooms and suites in the British capital, along with an excellent gym, spa and wellness center. But what really makes the hotel stand out are its fine dining options. Its flagship restaurant, the Michelin-starred 'Dinner by Heston Blumenthal' was named one of the top ten restaurants in the world by Restaurant Magazine in 2012 – despite having only been open nine months – while its second bistro-style restaurant, Bar Boulud, is overseen by the three-Michelin-starred French chef Daniel Boulud.
Perhaps London's most renowned luxury hotel, The Savoy was the most decadent address in the city when it opened in 1889 – and it remains one of them to this day. You can expect individually-designed Edwardian and Art Deco bedrooms, fine dining and cocktails, divine traditional afternoon teas, extensive fitness facilities, unbeatable service, and (from many rooms) stunning views of the Thames river.
Claridge's is a name known around the world – and for good reason. The timeless style of this 200-year-old five-star hotel has attracted everyone from Cary Grant to Alfred Hitchcock, Mariah Carey to Brad Pitt, and boasts some of the finest rooms not only in London, but in all of Europe. It is the ultimate luxury hotel.