Family-friendly, elegant, updated classic
Wilton Place (44) 20-7235-6000 www.the-berkeley.co.uk
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At a Glance
The most casual of the three Maybourne properties, this is the kind of discreet, elegant hotel preferred by people who like to be well taken care of but don’t like a lot of fuss or fanfare.
- Fantastic rooftop pool for year-round swimming
- The renovated contemporary rooms that are luxurious and very comfortable
- Convenient Knightsbridge location, steps to Hyde Park
- Ever popular Blue Bar, where celebs and fashionistas flock to drink vintage champagnes and cocktails
When the staff calls up to a room to tell a guest that a lady is there for a visit, they often mean a titled Lady. You will see elegant women of a certain age who remain loyal to the hotel even if they mourn the loss of their dowagers’ watering hole, which has been replaced by more modern cuisines and scenes. (In the early 1900s, the Berkeley’s main dining room was one of the only places in London where respectable young women could eat unchaperoned, and their fondness for it has remained for decades.) To keep up with the changing times and to draw a younger, more fashionable crowd, in 1995 the hotel invited Jean-Georges Vongerichten to open a branch of Vong there. Then, in 2003, Vong was replaced by Gordon Ramsay’s vision of an understated urban eatery, in the form of the Barbara Barry–designed Boxwood Café. The restaurant space is now home to the two-Michelin-starred Marcus, which reopened in March 2014 and draws a buzzy crowd at night, and the more casual Koffmann’s. Those who check in, though, are less concerned with the dining options than with the old-fashioned comme il faut service, which guarantees that a stay there will be one with few surprises.
Of the 214 rooms, guests should request the renovated, contemporary rooms, which offer a chic yet timeless feel. The color palette is neutral and calming, and the aesthetic stylish. As a third generation of regulars now stays at the property with children in tow, rooms can be outfitted by request with everything from high chairs, Game Boy Advances and bottle warmers to child-size terry robes and slippers. Another appeal for families, especially those visiting in the summer months, is the fantastic rooftop pool.
Who Should Stay
Families as well as couples who value service, location and a comfortable ambiance. Anyone who wants a great pool.
Indagare Plus Amenities
- Full breakfast for 2 included
- Upgrade room category on availability
- Late check out on availability
- Early check in on availability
- 40.000 GBP food & beverage or spa credit once per stay
- Complimentary WiFi internet access
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