This hotel is exactly as described on the website and rooms look precisely as depicted. The area is very centrally-located -- a nice walk to the west and around the corner from Buckingham Palace or an easy tube ride if you have business in The City (to the east).
The staff was extremely professional and accommodating. While I did book an 8-night stay, I had not stayed here before, but was upgraded automatically anyway, which was very nice of them to do. Breakfast in the hotel restaurant is quite good, and again, the staff was superb. The hotel is beautifully decorated and one cannot help but think that this would be one's fantasy house should they win the lottery!
For Americans shopping London hotels: This is a relative bargain for hotels of this class in the area.
New and Old Bond streets are a 3-min walk north (which. in my opinion, may be the highest-end shopping district in the WORLD). Saville Row is there. St. James itself is home to Jermyn Street, where many custom shops have their flagships located. Davidoff is just across the street from the hotel, which may very well possess the best collection of Cuban cigars anywhere (be sure to take the wrapper and ring off before going through customs).
Overall, a 10.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- St. James’s Hotel and Club is a five star townhouse hotel tucked away in a quiet cul-de-sac in St James’s, near Mayfair and Piccadilly. It is ideally located within central London and it is the perfect base for shopping, culture as well as business meetings or events. A multi-million pound restoration has created a harmony between contemporary chic and Victorian elegance. With fabulous Penthouse suites and some of the best guest room terraces in London, the hotel boasts stylish, sleek, contemporary yet elegant interiors finished with handmade silk wallpaper, black lacquered furniture, handcrafted Murano glass chandeliers and polished natural stone in the bathroom. A magnificent art collection also features throughout the hotel.The Michelin-starred restaurant Seven Park Place is headed up by award-winning Executive Chef William Drabble and offers a modern-French cuisine made up of primarily British ingredients. William oversees also private dining, room service and the hotel’s more informal yet stylish dining space, William’s Bar & Bistro. Traditional afternoon tea is served daily. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- St Jamess Hotel
- St James Club London
- Hotel St Jamess