Bigger is sometimes better, but that is not usually the case with luxury hotels and resorts. Beyond a certain size they often lose their intimacy, their hands-on service touch and the magical feeling that they know and care about guests as individuals. In short, big resorts often lose the sensation of a true home away from home. But on the other hand, small properties often under deliver, lacking the amenities of a full service hotel that many travelers want, such as multiple restaurant options, a lavish spa and sporting facilities.
We found the top 20 outstanding and beautiful luxury “5 stars” boutique hotels in London:
The Haymarket Hotel is located just next to the Theatre Royal in the heart of London’s theatre district. In it’s surroundings some of London’s best restaurants and bars can be found. St James Park can be reached in only five minutes by foot, and Buckingham Palace in 15.
At the hotel, guests can enjoy a lovely spa full of treatments, swimming pool, and a gym. Afternoon tea with cream & jam scones, delicious cakes, and of course a wide range of tea and coffee, is server until 16:30. In the restaurant Haymarket serve fresh and seasonal food, and in the bar there’s tapas.
Each room features an iPod docking station, flat-screen TV, a writing desk, and a well stocked minibar. Guests can also enjoy a 24-hour room service.
51 Buckingham Gate, Taj Suites And Residences
In the heart of Westminster, close to Buckingham Palace, these 5 AA Red Star luxurious suites are served by 3 acclaimed restaurants and the award-winning Spa at 51.
51 Buckingham Gate, Taj Suites and Residences combine privacy with 5-star luxury. All stylish suites have well equipped kitchens and separate living areas with satellite TV and a DVD player. Many overlook the courtyard gardens. Guests can also benefit from concierge services.
The Michelin starred Quilon Restaurant serves South-West coastal Indian cuisine, while Bistro 51 serves a range of international dishes prepared with fresh seasonal ingredients. The Library serves an organic breakfast daily.
41 – Behind the Palace
Set behind Buckingham Palace, this luxurious hotel is opposite the Royal Mews. It has striking rooms, attentive 5-star service, and a wood-panelled Executive Lounge with free snacks and canapés from 20:30.
Each black-and-white bedroom has a handmade mattress, air-conditioning and luxury bedding. There are on-demand movies, iPod docks and marble bathrooms with bathrobes and Penhaligon’s toiletries.
41 is 500 metres from London Victoria Tube and Train Station. Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and Piccadilly Circus are less than 1 mile away.
The quiet and exclusive 41 hotel feels like a traditional London club. The Executive Lounge has a glass roof for bright breakfasts, afternoon teas and sampling the all-day menu.
Corinthia Hotel London
The luxurious Corinthia Hotel is located in one of London’s most prestigious areas, moments from Trafalgar Square and Whitehall. It boasts elegant restaurants, 2 bars, a florist, London’s largest spa and the world’s first hotel concession for Harrods.
Spacious, air-conditioned rooms have luxurious décor blending the hotel’s 1885 character with state-of-the-art amenities. With city views, an iPod docking station, an LCD TV and free Wi-Fi in each room, luxury bathrooms have marble finish.
Guests can book award-winning spa and health treatments at ESPA Life at Corinthia. A luxury hair salon by celebrated hairdresser Daniel Galvin is also on site.
Hotel Cafe Royal
Situated on Regent Street in central London, Café Royal Hotel features rooms with views over the city and free Wi-Fi. Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square are both within a 10-minute walk of the hotel.
A private butler is provided to look after every detail, and guests also benefit from a complimentary daily newspaper. Each Café Royal room features marble bathrooms with bath and separate shower, a Bang & Olufsen sound system and use of a Nespresso coffee machine.
A variety of dining options are available at the hotel, including The Grill Room, which features a champagne bar. All-day dining is available in the Ten Room brasserie-style restaurant, which offers an à la carte breakfast, lunch, dinner, light snacks and bespoke afternoon tea.
45 Park Lane – Dorchester Collection
Overlooking Hyde Park, 45 Park Lane features an on-site fitness studio, a modern American steak restaurant, and a team of massage therapists. A striking central staircase leads to a mezzanine featuring a bar, library and a private media room.
Impressive views of Hyde Park are featured in each room at 45 Park Lane, which also include Bang & Olufsen TVs, en suite marble bathrooms and free Wi-Fi.
Prime dry and wet aged beef, pan-roasted lobster and fine wines are on offer in the on-site restaurant. Full English and continental breakfasts can also be provided.
The shopping district of Oxford Street is just a 15-minute walk from the hotel. Tennis, horseback riding and boating can all be enjoyed within Hyde Park, as well as leisurely walks. Hyde Park Corner tube station is a 5-minute walk.
The Soho Hotel
Situated 5 minutes’ walk from Oxford Street, The Soho Hotel features a fully equipped gym with an on-site personal trainer. Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square are within a 10-minute walk of the hotel, as well as many tube stations.
A selection of London’s best restaurants and bars, cafés, theatres and nightlife are within walking distance of the hotel, as well as the historic area of Soho Square which features a park and garden.
Each air-conditioned room at The Soho includes a flat-screen TV, fully stocked minibar and an iPod docking station. An en suite bathroom is also provided. Guests can also make use of 2 beauty treatment rooms which offer full body massage, facials and manicures.
Modern European cuisine is served in the on-site restaurant, which also offers a breakfast menu and afternoon tea. A relaxing drink can be enjoyed in the award-winning bar.
This 5-star luxury hotel is in London’s Knightsbridge, looking out over quiet gardens. It offers free Wi-Fi and air-conditioned rooms with luxury bedding, minibars, flat-screen TVs and iPod docks.
Egerton House is less than a 3-minute walk from Harrods and Harvey Nichols department stores and the Kensington museums are within a 5-minute walk. Knightsbridge and South Kensington Tube stations are 750 metres away.
Rooms have hand-stitched mattresses, antique furniture, original artworks and marble bathrooms. There are luxury bathrobes, Penhaligon’s toiletries, mineral water and fresh fruit and flowers. A glass of champagne or a pot of tea is served on arrival.
Traditional English afternoon teas are available and the quiet bar serves light snacks and cocktails.
The hotel offers a butler service and a large menu from 07:00 to 23:00. Guests can eat in their room or in the bar/lounge area.
Just 0.5 miles from Buckingham Palace, The Goring offers elegant rooms and gourmet cuisine. Guests have free fitness-club access, and many rooms overlook the large hotel garden.
Boutique shops in Sloane Square are a 5-minute taxi ride, and within 1.2 miles are the Tate Britain and the Houses of Parliament. Guests are less than 5 minutes’ walk from Victoria Station, giving excellent transport links.
The 5-star Goring presents spacious rooms with luxury décor, each featuring a seating area and a TV with films on-demand. Many rooms also have a private terrace.
Guests can enjoy fine dining in the hotel restaurant where the chef uses carefully selected British produce. There is a range of wines to sample on the terrace that overlooks the private gardens.
Covent Garden Hotel
Situated in the heart of London’s theatre district, Covent Garden Hotel is a 5-minute walk from the Royal Opera House, and surrounded by some of London’s best restaurants, bars and nightlife. A fully equipped gym is on site, as well as a treatment room offering massage and beauty treatments.
The famous areas of Covent Garden and Leicester Square are both a 5-minute walk from the hotel, and both feature tube stations. Oxford Street is just 3 minutes away on foot and is Europe’s busiest shopping street.
Each air-conditioned room at Covent Garden Hotel features an en suite bathroom, flat-screen TV and a fully stocked minibar. Many rooms have views over London’s rooftops.
A wide breakfast selection and fresh seasonal produce are served in the on-site brasserie, as well as afternoon tea. Guests can also enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine at the stylish bar or relax in the wood-panelled drawing room.
Charlotte Street Hotel
Featuring design to reflect contemporary London life, Charlotte Street Hotel also boasts features of classic elegance such as period fireplaces and a wood-panelled library room. The hotel has its own brasserie whilst being only 5 minutes’ walk from the many bars and restaurants of buzzing Soho.
Bedrooms feature artwork from the early 20th Century, and are styled with this period in mind. Classic prints and wallpapering accompany elegant beds and luxurious furnishings. Each en suite room comes with a TV, iPod docking station and a minibar.
Charlotte Street Hotel features its own cinema room, 24-hour room service and a gym. Guests can relax in the drawing room or enjoy a drink in the Oscar Bar and Restaurant.
The hotel is just a 5-minute walk from Tottenham Court Road Underground Station, providing links to the Northern and Central lines. The famous shopping stretch of Oxford Street is 2 minutes’ walk away, and guests can be at the British Museum in just under 10 minutes by foot.
South Place Hotel
A minute’s walk from Liverpool Street Station, South Place Hotel is built in an urban contemporary style with a rooftop restaurant, cocktail bar and gym. The chic hotel has free Wi-Fi and designer fittings in all guest rooms.
The bedrooms at South Place feature a Bang & Olufsen TV, delicate mood lighting and large windows. Each has an ultra-modern en suite bathroom, a media hub, and a minibar, with room service available throughout the day.
The Angler rooftop restaurant and terrace serves an inventive and exciting menu, with quality ingredients sourced from the around the UK going into their classic salmon and prawn fishcakes and Norfolk chicken pie.
Guests have access to a wellness centre and private dining rooms, while there is also a games room for in-hotel entertainment. Surrounding the hotel is a bustling and cosmopolitan area of London, with many bars and eateries.
Located within the heart of the City of London financial district, The South Place Hotel is a 10-minute walk from The Gherkin.
Set in the glamorous area of Knightsbridge, this boutique, 5-star Art Déco hotel boasts luxury rooms, 2 exclusive and secluded cigar terraces, a cocktail bar, a restaurant, and scenic views of leafy Hyde Park, 400 feet away. Marble Arch is 1 mile away and the world-famous Oxford Street is 1 mile away. A courtesy Rolls Royce car is provided for all guests, as well as a butler service for packing and unpacking bags.
The spacious rooms boast original features from 1920s, Italian marble bathrooms, and original, bespoke artwork. Some rooms have a separate lounge and uninterrupted views of Hyde Park. The rooms feature the most modern technology and high-speed Wi-Fi. Each room is also equipped with a Samsung tablet for guests to use.
The Oval Restaurant celebrates a fine dining experience; the menu is inspired by Italian cuisine and it features exquisite dishes made of fresh, seasonal ingredients. Guests can enjoy a special selection of the finest cognac and whisky in the charming Crystal Bar. The Jazz Lounge offers evening live music – from Thursday to Saturday – and showcases both established and up-and-coming artists in an intimate style and atmosphere. Afternoon tea is available daily and it is accompanied by live piano music.
Cigar enthusiasts can enjoy the intimate atmosphere on the exclusive cigar terraces and Europe’s largest humidor within a hotel.
A mile away from the Royal Albert Hall, The Wellesley also offers easy access to Westminster Abbey and the Big Ben, half an hour’s walk away.
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Originally opened in 1889, the world-famous Savoy Hotel is situated on the banks of the Thames and less than 5 minutes’ walk from The British Museum and The Royal Opera House. Once visited by the likes of Sir Winston Churchill, Frank Sinatra and Katherine Hepburn, its stunning rooms feature elegant, marble bathrooms.
With beautiful period décor, each spacious room at The Savoy is filled with the finest modern amenities, including Loewe LCD TVs and iPod docking stations. Luxurious, marble bathrooms include chrome fittings and giant showerheads. Some rooms boast fantastic views of the River Thames.
The Savoy is home to a huge array of dining experiences. Gordon Ramsay’s Savoy Grill offers a range of classic grill dishes, whilst the American Bar serves up classic 1920’s cocktails. Afternoon tea can be enjoyed in the Thames Foyer. With it’s beautiful glass dome ceiling, it provides an informal dining experience. Kaspar’s Seafood Bar and Grill offers informal all-day dining in an elegant setting.
Offering sublime service, style and cuisine in Knightsbridge for over 100 years, guests at the sophisticated Berkeley can enjoy free use of the health club and swimming pool.
The Berkeley combines 5-star luxury with an excellent location just minutes from desirable Knightsbridge shops and Hyde Park. It offers free Wi-Fi throughout the building.
Guests can indulge in exceptional fine-dining at Koffmann’s and in Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley, with its 2 Michelin stars. The friendly and intimate Caramel Room offers award-winning fashion themed afternoon tea.
In the bedrooms, fine Italian marble bathrooms and luxurious fabrics blend together comfort, style and chic opulence for a beautiful night’s sleep.
The Arch London
This elegant hotel is close to Marble Arch and Hyde Park in London. It spans 7 Georgian townhouse buildings, and has free Wi-Fi and a choice of dining options.
Rooms at The Arch London are stylish and modern, with a flat-screen satellite TV and a desk for working. Each also comes with facilities for making tea and coffee, and features US and EU adaptors. Every room has a rain shower and most have a TV in the bathroom.
You can dine in the HUNter 486 restaurant, or enjoy a drink in Le Salon De Champagne. Afternoon teas are also served, and each morning a continental or full cooked breakfast is available.
The Arch has 24-hour reception, multi-lingual staff, and offers a cleaning service twice a day. Guests also receive a free newspaper every day.
Heathrow Airport is around a 40-minute drive from the building. Marble Arch Underground Station is just a 2-minute walk away, for accessing the famous attractions of the city.
From arrival, guests receive bespoke butler and concierge services at the elegant Connaught. In exclusive Mayfair, there is Michelin-starred dining, a holistic spa and 2 chic bars.
This famous London hotel has beautiful and unique bedrooms, each with a king-size bed, mood lighting, a 32-inch plasma TV and original artwork. The marble bathrooms boast a plasma TV and walk-in shower.
The cuisine at Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, inspired by the regional flavours of Hélène’s native France, has won 3 AA Rosettes and 2 Michelin Stars.
Espelette is a relaxed bistro-style restaurant where guests can indulge in a real treat, ‘Chic and Choc’ afternoon tea.
Connaught Bar and Coburg Bar both surround guests with stylish décor and serve mouth-watering cocktails and fine wines.
Completing the luxury experience, Aman Spa offers calming treatments and healing therapies drawn from the traditions of China, Thailand, India and the Americas.
Adria Boutique Hotel
Boasting sumptuously decorated rooms, butler service, and gourmet cuisine across 5 stylish lounges, this boutique Victorian townhouse nestles in elegant Kensington. Just 10 minutes’ walk from the famous museums of Exhibition Road, Adria is only 15 minutes on foot from Hyde Park.Stunning, opulent design and sleek, marble bathrooms with underfloor heating and walk-in waterfall showers feature in each luxury room at Adria.
You can relax amongst elegant furnishings with your own espresso machine, an iPod dock, and a HD iMedia hub.Breakfasts are served amidst a relaxed atmosphere in the morning room, including a selection of pastries, eggs cooked to order, yoghurts and fresh fruit. If your favourite dish is not on the menu, the chefs can make it for you. With a retractable roof, the open-air Garden room can be used for afternoon tea or coffee after dinner.Healthy juices are served at Adria, along with classic teas and coffees, and non-alcoholic cocktails.
South Kensington and Gloucester Road tube stations are located just 5 minutes’ walk from the townhouse, and Harrods is less than 20 minutes away on foot. The Natural History Museum is a 10-minute walk away, and Heathrow Airport is a 30-minute drive.
Sofitel London St James
In London’s West End, this 5-star luxury hotel is set in a beautifully preserved Victorian building. It boasts a luxurious on-site spa, spacious rooms, and an award-winning brasserie restaurant.
On the corner of Pall Mall and Waterloo Place, Sofitel London St James is a 15-minute walk from Buckingham Palace. Piccadilly Circus and Charing Cross Station are 5 minutes’ walk away. St James’s Park is just 300 metres from the hotel.
Each elegant room boasts an iPod dock and LCD interactive TV. Bathrooms feature walk-in showers, bathrobes and slippers, and luxury toiletries. Some rooms include fantastic London views.
Sofitel’s So FIT gym is fully equipped and provides bottled water, fresh fruit, and toiletries. Guests can also make use of the gym’s own personal trainers. The Sofitel So SPA provides luxurious and innovative spa treatments over 3 floors with original historic features.
With its own entrance on Pall Mall, The Balcon brasserie serves French-British cuisine. The elegant Rose Lounge serves traditional afternoon teas, and the St James Bar offers cocktails and champagnes.
Centrally located in Covent Garden, One Aldwych offers 5-star luxury accommodation, 2 superb restaurants and a health club. This English Heritage Edwardian property is a 5-minute walk from Covent Garden Underground Station.
One Aldwych’s contemporary and sumptuous bedrooms have iPod docking stations and fresh fruit and flowers which are delivered daily. The sleek en suite shower rooms have a mini TV and pure and natural PlanTation toiletries. There is complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel.
The hotel’s ultra-modern facilities include a swimming pool with underwater music, luxury steam and sauna rooms and a state-of-the-art health club with dedicated personal trainers. There are also 3 treatment rooms where guests may enjoy a range of relaxing treatments from Natura Bissé.
Indigo restaurant serves modern European cuisine in a relaxed setting. Axis at One Aldwych restaurant offers a modern British menu, with food made from fine locally sourced produce. The buzzing Lobby Bar serves inventive cocktails and afternoon tea with a modern twist. Guests are also welcome to relax in the sumptuous Lounge at One, which offers an all day dining menu and a collection of books, international magazines, and newspapers.