If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you’ll know that London is my favorite city in the entire world. Whether it’s for school, work, or a vacation to see friends, I am never able to stay away for long! Although I’ve lost track of the number of hotels I’ve stayed in, there are a few I cannot forget. Alright, more than a few, which is why this is Part 1 of my new London Hotel Series! Two years ago, I did a London Food Series that I had a lot of fun with, and plan on adding to soon.
While there’s no shortage of luxury hotels in London, I found these four to be incredibly inviting, unique, and beautiful. Enjoy!
#1 THE AMPERSAND HOTEL
The Ampersand is a five-star boutique hotel located in South Kensington, my favorite neighborhood in London. If I had to choose one word to describe this hotel, it would be elegant. Every inch of The Ampersand is so tastefully decorated, but without being too stuffy or formal.
A lovely lady showed us to our room and explained everything we needed to know about the hotel. We stayed in a superior room which is just one level up from their standard rooms. The beautiful bathtub close to our bed immediately caught my attention.
High ceilings, a reading corner, chocolates on the bed, plush pillows, a spacious bathroom… this room ticked every box for me. There’s nothing I hate more than a luxury hotel room which looks beautiful but isn’t the least bit comfortable. First world problems, I know. Lucky for me, comfort is the highest priority at The Ampersand. I was genuinely sad to leave the next day.
In Part 1 of my London Food Series, I actually reviewed the wonderful afternoon tea service at The Ampersand. Hotel guest or not, I’d highly recommend this to anyone visiting London. You can read more here about my tea experience!
The Ampersand is a stone’s throw from some of London’s finest museums including the Natural History Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum. Also, I’d highly recommend booking direct as they always have deals going on. The cheapest I found recently was for £155 which is an incredible value for a five-star hotel in London!
#2 ANDAZ LIVERPOOL STREET
Despite being owned by Hyatt Hotels, the Andaz Liverpool Street is far from your typical chain hotel. The Andaz properties are a collection of beautifully modern, boutique hotels. Every location is different and their London property impressed me from the moment I walked through their shiny doors, which were always held open by a friendly doorman or a front desk staff member!
Like most five-star hotels, the service is impeccable. We were a little too early to check-in but after a long journey, all we wanted to do was sit and wait. They took our bags for us and offered a complimentary drink of our choice which is always a nice touch.
We had a standard king room which was very spacious, especially by London standards! I loved the modern amenities such as outlets by the bed, international adapters, an iPod docking station, and fast (& free!) wifi. They also have complimentary minibars in every room which include non-alcoholic beverages and snacks.
The Andaz has an impressive amount of restaurants and lounges, I think I counted 6! While I didn’t visit all of them during my visit, I did enjoy a luxurious breakfast in their 1901 Restaurant, a magnificently-restored Grade II listed room that served as a formal ballroom when it was the Great Eastern Hotel. Another historic room you’ll find at the Andaz is the Masonic Temple built in 1912! This striking room is now used for photo shoots, weddings, private dining events, and so much more. I’d highly recommend popping in for a look if you’re a guest at the Andaz.
You’ll find the Andaz right next to Liverpool Street Station, an extremely convenient location that will connect you to the rest of the city and country! Mid-week or off-season rates start at around £250.
#3 SOFITEL ST JAMES HOTEL
Sofitel Hotels have an incredible reputation for being some of the most luxurious hotels worldwide. Therefore, I had high expectations for my stay at the Sofitel St James. One thing I noticed immediately upon arrival was the high level of service. No matter who we spoke to, we were always greeted by a smile, and even by name on a few occasions!
And thanks to some complimentary, welcome cocktails, checking into the Sofitel St James was an enjoyable experience! They really go out of their way to spoil you.
We stayed in a standard twin room which was well-appointed, spacious and modern. I especially loved the wallpaper in the entry way, near the beautiful black-and-white tile bathroom. But the most memorable feature was the bed. I was familiar with the expression “sleeping on a cloud” but never experienced anything like it until my stay at the Sofitel. Hands down, this was the best hotel bed I have ever slept in.
If you’re celebrating a special occasion or just feel like pampering yourself, their spa is worth every penny. We were celebrating my mother’s birthday which is something I had mentioned to the front desk during check in. Word was passed on to the spa staff who then treated us to tea and cake after our appointment. They even gave my mom a present to take home with her!
The Sofitel St James Hotel is located just down the street from Piccadilly Circus. You cannot get more central than that! Mid-week or off-season rates start at around £290.
#4 TOWN HALL HOTEL
Set in a former Edwardian town hall, the Town Hall Hotel is one of the most unique places I’ve stayed in London. Not only is it luxurious, but there’s also a wonderful mix of contemporary and Art-Deco interiors. Since the 1930’s, several films have been shot here which explains why there are props and vintage camera equipment throughout the hotel. A part of me felt like I was staying in a museum which I loved!
My room was spacious and incredibly modern, with impressive kitchen amenities and a washer/dryer combo! You’ll find these amenities in almost every room at the Town Hall Hotel, making their rooms more like serviced apartments. I think this is a great value for families or guests who are staying for more than a couple days.
I have never stayed in a hotel room as modern as this, and absolutely loved the idea of hopping out of bed and stepping right into the bath. Don’t worry though, there was a separate room for a toilet and shower! I didn’t think the Town Hall Hotel could get any cooler until they kindly let me peak into the De Montfort Suite, their flagship suite. This room is the largest one bedroom hotel suite in London and my words or pictures will never do it justice!
Other than breakfast, I usually don’t eat in hotel restaurants, but The Corner Room in The Town Hall Hotel came highly recommended by a few of my London friends. Not only does it serve delicious and affordable food, but it’s the most Instagrammable room I’ve ever set foot in which is reason enough to visit!
The Town Hall Hotel is located in Shoreditch, a neighborhood in East London, which is home to many artists and students. Okay, it’s hip! I was trying to avoid using that word but I can’t. It’s the cool place to be in London. Despite being a five-star hotel, mid-week and off-season rates start at £146.
Over the next few months, I’ll be adding to this series and sharing my top picks for London hotels, ranging from historic, affordable, boutique, and even B&B’s!
Have you stayed in any of these London hotels before? What do you look for in a luxury hotel? I’d love to know in the comments below!