If we were to ask you to name two of the most iconic cities in Europe, you’d probably say Paris and London. For centuries, London has maintained its glorious rule as one of the most noteworthy cities in the whole world. Combining the best of both worlds – the old and the new – London is as regal as is its monarchy and as modern as the contemporary world would have it. An unmatched innovator of art and culture, a gatekeeper of timeless elegance, the home to the most driven individuals in the world (from finance to fashion) and a place that knows how to throw a party. Whether you’re here to do business, explore, or simply have a good time on your own terms, London will cater to any taste. For this reason, we’ve put together a fine list of five luxury hotels in London that range from timeless elegance to modern-day sleek design.
Ace Hotel Shoreditch
It doesn’t get more modern London than the Ace Hotel Shoreditch. This is the place to be if you’re looking for a buzzing, hip and ultra-modern space within an urban setting. Attracting globetrotting freelancers and vibrant, modern start-up professionals, Ace Hotel is a luxury hotel with an energetic yet classy vibe. Since its opening in 2013, the hotel has become a local sensation at the heart of the modern Shoreditch district. It’s a real hive for creatives, where you will find plenty of inspiration during your stay in London.
The interior is a laid-back mix of the old and the new, and there’s a very stylish atmosphere throughout the hotel where vintage meets industrial with a drop of Wes Anderson (think vinyl record players and mustard-colored sofas). The Ace Hotel chain around the world is known for its inviting atmosphere encouraging local networking and truly highlighting each city’s unique characteristics. Its London edition is no exception.
The Dean Street Townhouse
If you’re looking for a modern take on the traditional English aristocratic aesthetic, but want something a little more intimate than The Ritz, The Dean Street Townhouse is the hotel for you. The hotel is set within a four-storey Georgian townhouse. The hotel only has 39 rooms so the atmosphere is nice and relaxing. Located in the ultra-chic Soho neighborhood, the hotel enjoys the perfect location where you will find plenty of amazing restaurants within walking distance, as well as famous attractions, beautiful parks and luxury shopping boutiques.
Each of the hotel’s bedrooms is designed to be unique and one-of-a-kind. There are various size categories available and you can choose between smaller, medium-sized, and bigger rooms. Bigger rooms have free-standing bathtubs and it’s definitely a perk we enjoy. What’s more, the hotel’s Dining Room (yes, it’s the name of the restaurant) is equally quaint and serves upscale period British menu staples like haddock and chips, Scotch eggs, as well as the indulgent we-wouldn’t-miss-it-for-the-world apple crumble.
There’s a very particular splendor about The Savoy, which truly has one of the finest locations of any of the 5-star hotels in London. Located on the North bank of the River Thames, it lies mere steps away from the finest boutiques, shops and entertainment possibilities like the Covent Garden and the Royal Opera House. For more than a century, The Savoy has welcomed guests from far and wide, all expecting only the finest service and time spent in London. And the hotel truly delivers. Intuitively personalized service is at the very core of The Savoy and you can expect both discretion as well as royal-worthy hospitality from every member of staff who are truly experts at their craft.
The Savoy offers exceptional views over London – the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament (yes, that’s Big Ben, as well) are right there, in front of you! With 267 rooms and suites, the size of the hotel is noteworthy, but it doesn’t feel crowded. The hotel is decorated true to the British aesthetic and the largely Edwardian interiors are both smart and comfortable with a balance between the old and the new. Anyone staying in one of the suites will be able to also enjoy the service of a personal butler. There are, of course, some superb dining options within the hotel and you can also go for drinks in one of the hotel bars. Don’t you dare miss out on traditional English tea, though!
Some would argue that an open-air rooftop pool in stereotypically rainy London is not the brightest idea, but we don’t agree. The British metropolis on a sunny Spring and Summer day couldn’t be more enjoyable, and there’s nothing better than a dip in the pool after a day of luxury shopping and black cab hopping. The Berkeley hotel in London offers the best of 5-star luxury and, yes, that does include a rooftop gallery terrace with an open-air pool and sunbeds at the sides. That’s enough for us to sign up, but if you need a bit more convincing then how about the fact that this luxurious hotel is located in the posh Knightsbridge district that borders the vast Hyde Park? Complete with Victorian homes and leafy parks, this upscale location is a haven in the bustling city.
Just a stone’s throw from the fantastic Victoria & Albert Museum, where some of the best exhibitions are displayed throughout the year, you couldn’t wish for a better place than The Berkeley to start your day from. All of the hotel’s rooms and suites are designed in an innovative manner and all the furnishings are beyond comfortable. The style of the hotel is truly upscale comfortable where nothing is too much yet everything is above and beyond. An excellent offer of bars and restaurants await you here, and the health and spa club will rejuvenate you after a day of business meetings or simply enjoying London in a leisurely manner.
45 Park Lane
45 Park Lane stands out like a gem with its chic Art Deco style with a hint of vintage – and all the luxuries you’d expect from a fine hotel. In its own vibrant manner, this hotel satisfies all the requirements for a contemporary traveler expecting a tailored approach to hospitality and design. 45 Park Lane stands out as a beacon of unique design among more conservative places yet it doesn’t cross the border into the dangerous territory of experimental style. The interiors are sleek and you’ll find yourself channeling your inner Mad Men character in no time.
The hotel is so chic yet unique, sometimes feeling like a private members’ club and we have nothing against it. Upon arrival, you know you have made the right choice by staying here, as both the rooms and suites are drop-dead gorgeous and smart, overlooking leafy Hyde Park below. Heated marble floors are just the right addition and everything within your private residence is exquisite and refined. While staying here, you’ll resist the urge to go and dine out after you try the hotel’s own restaurant Cut at 45 Park Lane, where celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s remarkable venture serving the best steak in town – and no, it’s not an exaggeration. It’s truly superior, as is the hotel itself.