Ok. This review is a tad late in posting but please don't let that deter you from experiencing this Hotel!
Located in Mayfair, just around the corner from Berkeley Square - indeed Charles Street was once part of the lawns of the old Berkeley House - is a very swish part of London. The History of the Street is very interesting and quite long so please go directly to Hotel website and read it there!
The Chesterfield is part of the Red Carnation Group, and this was my first taste. In all honesty, this Hotel had not been the first choice as I was traveling with a 19 year old and thought perhaps the area would be too "Upstairs/Downstairs" for him to be comfortable. Wrong. He was totally captivated by the "Look" of Charles Street and the architecture of it's buildings. Sadly, most have become offices of some sort and the one directly opposite the Chesterfield, on its first floor, has a beautiful chandler which is on view when the drapes are open as is the rooms decorated ceiling!
Yes, I am noisy with no apologies, but imagining 'what was' is all part of the thrill of Travel ….
The Chesterfield comprises three town homes and the entrance retains that look. The Lobby is more like that of a Private Residence and is decorated accordingly. The black and white floors add to the over ambiance and I was quite ready to move in. Reception is an area that is discreetly placed to the right of the doors and is encased in lovely wood panelling. Staff are very professional and yet warm in welcome. Chris, one of the Concierges, is fabulous and I cannot recommend him enough - he has many hidden talents and can basically find you anything!
The Bar is very Old Club and yet not pretentious. Walls are decorated with portraits and the moss green on the fabric blends well with the panelling. The bar is a delight and I highly recommend a French Martani or two! Beyond the bar one has access to a Conservatory decorated with plants and set with tables. This space is also attached to the Dining Room and where Afternoon Tea is served. A Good One! The Dining Room is fairly large and the Breakfast served is very good.
To the right of Reception and down a paneled hall lies the Library - all masculine leather and yet invites a nice curl up with a cup of tea or a cocktail. A nice place to meet friends if one chooses.
Now to Rooms. We had two separate side by side. Mine was quite large and decorated with an antique stamp theme which was very nicely done. A large closet opposite the bathroom. Bathroom was on the large and had a power shower which I loved! The bedroom as a long built in along on wall with a chair and several outlets. A flat screen tv then the windows - which overlook the inner rooftops but not too bad and they open! Then a small table with a comfy chair. The bed was comfortable and the linens clean and fresh. Nephew's the same but a different theme.
There is a "business area" down the stairs when you come off the elevator as well as powder rooms.
All in all, we were very satisfied with our rooms. Room Service is delivered by professional yet friendly staff and there was not a problem in requesting 'off the menu' which can sometime be a problem.
Charles Street is situated in a very good area in which to branch out -
Bond Street, Regent Street, South Moulton Street, Piccadilly, Savile Row and the Burlington Arcade are very easy to get to as are Hamleys, Liberty’s and Fortnum & Mason. A taxi ride gets you a little further to Harrods, Harvey Nichols and the boutiques of Knightsbridge, Sloane Square and the King’s Road.
If you hunger for Green Space/Parks, then a short stroll to the South or West and you reach firstly Green Park - which takes you directly across to Buckingham Palace - as well as St James’s Park and Hyde Park. You can row a boat on the Serpentine or jog to Marble Arch, as well as get to the Diana Memorial Fountain and Speakers Corner. For the horse lovers, ask the Hotel to arrange a ride along Rotten Row! Which we wanted to try but didn't have time for.
Museums abound and should not be missed! And there are various restaurants within walking distance of the Hotel. Shepard's Bush Area is basically a block away and down a street and we enjoyed several pubs and one terrific restaurant or two!
I would recommend this Hotel without hesitation. My only hint would be it may not be suitable for those that hunger for the Bright Lights of The City. But if you want to experience from the inside just what it must have looked like 'back in the day' then come here! Soak in the atmosphere of a by gone era, wish yourself dressed accordingly, and simply Enjoy!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enviably located in exclusive Mayfair, near to designer shopping and many of the city's most iconic attractions, the Regency style hotel feels comparable to a traditional private club. Quiet, calm and efficient service blends with supreme comfort and luxury. Guest rooms and deluxe suites combine superb facilities with relaxing surroundings. The Library, Butlers Restaurant, Conservatory and intimate bar cater for every culinary whim or inclination. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel London
- Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel
- Chesterfield Mayfair London