Claridge’s is a five star hotel located in London’s prestigious Mayfair district, and is a short walk away from Hyde Park, Mable Arch and shopping on Bond Street. Renowned for its exquisite Art Deco characteristics and modern finishes, the foyer of the hotel is furnished with a Chihuly glass sculpture and engraved glass screens from the 1920’s. Designed by David Collins, the onsite bar at the hotel is complete with a green glass chandelier and a silver leafed ceiling.
The 203 guestrooms at Claridge’s are appointed with modern amenities to include satellite channels and pay movies, refrigerators, mini-bars, marble bathrooms, televisions, premium bedding, newspapers, wireless internet access among others. Dogs are permitted in guestrooms and turndown services and cribs are available upon request.
The hotel also offers a gym, which has hardwood floors, glass columns, a juice bar and even serves breakfast at additional costs. The spa at Claridge’s offers a plethora of beauty services and massage treatments. This 5 star property provides a host of business services and event facilities and can accommodate 2-800 guests. Shuttle bus services are available at a surcharge. Other services offered by the hotel include laundry/dry cleaning services, tour assistance, wedding services and currency exchange.
Claridge’s has a history that spans over 200 years and was first known as the Milvert’s Hotel in 1812. A few years after its inception, it was sold to Mr. and Mrs. Claridge, who owned a smaller hotel next door. The two hotels combined were referred to as „Milverts of Claridge’s“, until they decided on the current name. The hotel was sold to the founder of the Savoy Hotel Richard D’Oyly Carte in 1894, who then transformed the buildings into what they are today. Claridge’s was redesigned by George Trolloppe & Sons in 1898, and featured en suite bathrooms, lifts as well as a host of modern amenities.
Acclaimed actors, directors and celebrities have stayed at Claridge’s to include Audrey Hepburn, Alfred Hitchcock, Cary Grant, Mick Jagger, Brad Pitt, Mariah Carey and U2 among others. The hotel has attracted undue attention for its Christmas tree displays during the festive season. Some of these trees were designed by Kally Ellis (McQueens), and John Galliano.
Rooms and Suites
The 203 guestrooms (including 67 suites) and two penthouse suites at Claridge’s are individually designed by famed designers including Linley and Diane von Furstenberg. Theses accommodations are divided into several categories, which include superior queen, twin and deluxe king rooms. The suite options offered are Deluxe Studio, Deluxe Junior Suite, Mayfair Suite, Deluxe Mayfair Suite, Mivart Suite and the Claridge’s Suite. Signature suites include the Prince Alexander Suite, Grand Piano Suite, Davies Penthouse, Brook Penthouse and the Royal Suite. All the accommodations at Claridge’s are equipped with state of the art entertainment systems and tons of luxurious amenities. Rooms are spaced in the range of 32 sq. m / 344 sq. ft and 50 sq. m/538 sq. ft, while the suites measure in between 56 sq. m / 602 sq. ft and 267 sq.m / 2874 sq. ft.
Dining and Bars
Claridge’s has two restaurants and two bars, which serve tantalizing cuisine and are set in a stunning ambience. Dominated by tea connoisseur Henrietta Lovell, Afternoon Tea is an award winning restaurant at the hotel and is open for sweet pastries, warm scones and of course tea. It is inspired by décor dating back to the early 1930’s and is located in the foyer of the hotel.
The Foyer & Reading Room is the other dining option at Claridge’s, and has been frequented by several prominent faces over the years. The interior of the restaurant features breathtaking grandeur, and is open for cocktails, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Showcasing an interior designed by David Collins, Claridge’s Bar offers a rare collection of rare spirits and wines, which include vintage champagnes. Steeped in history, Fumoir at Claridge’s serves a wide range of cocktails and is located behind a 1930s Lalique panel fitter door. The main restaurant at Claridge’s is run by award winning chef Gordon Ramsay along with signature chef Steve Allen.
Health Club and Spa
The health club and spa is located at the top of the hotel, and offers excellent beauty treatments, which are rendered with class leading beauty products. The health club offers unobstructed views of London’s skyline and offers personal fitness and training.
Business Services and Events
Claridge’s caters to a wide range of business meetings and private events such as parties, banquets and conferences. The function rooms at the hotel can accommodate anywhere between 4 and 800 guests and there are 9 stylish configurations to choose from. For business and corporate events, the hotel provides an extensive range of equipment to ensure every event is a success.
Claridge’s is located in one of the most prestigious slices of London, on the corner of Davies and Brooke Street in Mayfair. It is 50 minutes by car away from London’s Heathrow Airport and 1.5 hours away from Gatwick International Airport. The London Underground, National Rail and International Rail Stations are located 5-15 minutes away from the hotel.
Claridge’s offers bespoke concierge services that are geared towards couples and families alike. Designed by acclaimed British design workshop Linley, the Map Room at Claridge’s is the perfect setting for global business travelers. It features everything to stimulate the mind including a library of books and elegant furnishings. The hotel also offers airport transfers to and from all London Airports. For families, Claridge’s offers myriad activities to keep kids entertained, which include arts and crafts and computer games. Other facilities of the hotel include doctors on call, 24 hour room service and an exclusive children’s menu in the restaurants.
by Sidney A Fernandes