Original fine art, historic architectural features and a first-class reputation for service are hallmarks of the five-star Connaught Hotel. One of the most beautiful properties in London, the hotel sets the standard when it comes to luxury, pairing swanky contemporary interiors with a rich history that dates back to 1917. Located in the heart of well-heeled Mayfair, it isn’t badly connected either, surrounded as it is by galleries, high-end shopping and fine restaurants.
Decorated in light, whimsical tones and original artworks, the standard rooms are pleasantly chic, however, to really introduce yourself to the Connaught’s luxury, the grand suites are the place to stay. Individually decorated, the suites feature crystal chandeliers, double height corniced ceilings or timber beams to create a range of accommodations fit for royalty—or the very wealthy.
YOU SHOULD KNOW If you can’t stretch to a suite, just know that even the Superior King rooms are more than large enough to spoil a couple for space.
Traditional bathrooms are decked out in white marble with luxury bath products. Those who can’t tear themselves away from the TV for too long won’t have to thanks to the flat screens mounted in the tiles above the bathtub.
If you’re staying at The Connaught then make the most of the star-spotting opportunities by lingering at the foot of the hotel’s famous wooden staircase when checking in. Not a space given over to congregating, you can still take a seat by the fire and enjoy the grand, polished entrance that’s more country manor than West End hotel.
Just when you thought you’d seen it all, the Connaught introduces you to the otherworldly serenity of the Aman Spa. From the granite swimming pool to the range of holistic treatments this is pampering on another level.
Housed within the Aman Spa, the fitness center includes a concise collection of cardio machines and stays open to guests 24 hours.
When it comes to dining it’s a toss-up between the floor to ceiling windows and British classics of Jean-Georges at the Connaught and the wood panelled interiors and intense culinary journey of the Michelin-starred Helene Darroze at the Connaught. Whichever way you choose, you won’t be disappointed.
As with most, if not all, grand five-star London hotels, afternoon tea is a part of the experience. Served in the light and bright Jean Georges restaurant, this is one to try—even if you’re not a guest.
Always filled with a finely tailored, manicured clientele of guests and non-guests, the famous Connaught Bar is the place to see and be seen. Slightly more low-key and a touch more intimate, the Coburg Bar is a cocktail bar that pairs jazz age nostalgia with splashes of contemporary art. Don’t choose one, sample both.
On the handsome corner of Carlos Place, the Connaught’s location is extremely walkable, with the pretty, meandering streets of Mayfair filled with the spoils of a neighborhood punctuated by wealth. A short walk from Grosvenor Square and Hyde Park, the hotel is just far enough from the action of central London for guests to be able to enjoy the relative peace of the urban village location. Take taxis to get to Knightsbridge or further afield, or use Green Park Underground station for Tube connections.
Eat caviar and beautiful catch of the day at the fish restaurant Scott’s (1-minute walk). Match the hotel’s Michelin starred dining with a visit to Amaya (5-minute walk) for its amazing take on contemporary Indian tapas.
Once a famous celebrity hangout spot, the Punchbowl (3-minute walk) is now a mere handsome pub that attracts a chic Mayfair crowd. Still, who wants celerity when you’ve got the charms of a historic Georgian pub to look at? For cocktails, the Luggage Room (4-minute walk) and its evocation of the Roaring Twenties is almost—but only almost—a match for the Connaught’s own bars.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Far enough from the heart of the West End to feel like an out of the way escape, the Connaught’s location contributes to its high standing. Regal yet contemporary, historic but unafraid to adopt modern amenities, it’s easy to understand why the hotel has such a huge appeal among London’s luxury hotels. Perfect for those who want a London experience they’ll never forget, if the exceptional service doesn’t do it for you, then the intimate bars, fine dining restaurants and extravagant spa will.