Hotel in Detail:The Wellesley Hotel is one of the newest luxury hotels in London having opened in 2012. The hotels design marries contemporary and classic styles with a mix of the buildings 1920's art deco past and a touch of modern glamour. The result is a glossy and extravagant look and feel. The Wellesley describes itself as a grand boutique hotel, who would possibly guess that the buidling was actually once the entrance to Hyde Park Corner tube till it was replaced with a newer entrance in the 1930s. The hotel welcomes you now with impressive bronze doors and a marble lobby with crystal chandeliers. Bespoke furniture is the order of the day and the concierge desk is draped in studded ostrich leather. All those disparate elements combine to create a look that is glossy, extravagant and immaculate
Bedrooms have a decadent Art Deco style with rich and sumptuous furnishings, bespoke artwork and feature a media console. Some bedrooms come with crescent-shaped couches and lacquered coffee tables. Curtains can be operated electronically while a tablet (unlimited data) with local information is placed in each bedroom and can be used to directly contact the concierge team. Some rooms have a separate lounge and full views over Hyde Park.
The bathrooms are finished with 1920's Italian marble, vintage vogue photographs, TV in the wall, have underfloor heating and are stocked with free toiletries by Hermes. You also are supplied with bathrobes and slippers.
Room Facilities: Safety Deposit Box, Air Conditioning, Ironing Facilities, Heating, Shower, Hairdryer, Telephone, Laptop Safe Box, extra large Flat-screen TV with Sky channels, iPad, Laptop, desk, media console, Wake Up Service, free wireless internetPride of place is largest suite in London with no less than 4 bedrooms, a private lift and views over Hyde Park.
There is a 24 hour butler service for all suites.
The Wellesley incorporates the Oval Restaurant with a twenty eight seat capacity, chic feel and serving authentic Italian dishes. Celebrates the elegance of a bygone era. The restaurants chefs use the finest fresh ingredients to create inspiring seasonal dishes. Expertly curated list of vintage wines and a bespoke cocktail list available.
The Crystal bar features live jazz music. With a lavish decor and authentic 1920s furniture and decorative features, showcases a wall of the finest cocktails, whiskies and Cognacs. A touch of 1920s decadence and glamour. Glass displays showcase the range of whisky, cognac and Armagnac available.
Afternoon Tea: Served daily from 14.00, and served in Jazz Lounge. Enjoy the sounds of a live piano, performed daily.
The Jazz Lounge: Pays homage to the likes of Cleo Laine, Amy Winehouse, George Melly and Mica Paris whop used to perform at this spot when the hotel was the Pizza on the Park. Enjoy evening live music and fine dining in intimate surroundings. Live jazz performances take place on Fridays and Saturdays from 20.30 till 23.00. Also serves the best of Italian cuisine to enjoy along with the music.
The private heated Cigar Terrace includes the UK's largest bespoke humidor (when opened in 2012). Features one of the world's largest collections of cigars sold on a stick-by-stick basis. Enjoy a Montecristo, a Cohiba, or a limited edition Bolivar in the most convivial surroundings. The heated terrace and leather seats offer the ultimate experience for cigar aficionados. Humidor specialist always on hand to help with the options.
A courtesy Rolls Royce car is provided for all guests (up to 1.5 miles, 2.4 km), as well as a butler service for packing and unpacking bags (also steaming, pressing and room service).
The reception is of course fully staffed around the clock. Fully non-smoking and air-conditioned throughout. The Wellesley Hotel has a lift.
Hotel Vicinity:Nearest: Tube Station: Hyde Park Corner 105 yards (96 metres), Railway Station: London Victoria 0.6 miles (1 km), DLR Station: Tower Gateway 3.5 miles (5.6 km), Motorway: M4 Junction 1 5.4 miles (8.7 km).
The Wellesley Hotel London is located alongside the Lansesborough Hotel and right by Hyde Park Corner. This is within central London and in one of the more upmarket and chic districts. This area is known as Knightsbridge and leads on to well known shopping areas such as Kensington, Sloane Street and Chelsea. The area is full of restaurants and a large number of high end fashion outlets/boutiques. Department stores such as Harrods are located close to here and the former home of Princess Diana, Kensington Palace, is just over a mile further west along Knightsbridge/Kensington High Street. Perhaps the most spectacular plus of this location is that the Wellesley Hotel sits between 2 parks, Hyde Park and Green Park. Hyde Park is a large open space with a central lake (with boats for hire) and gallery. Many activities take place here including horse riding and within the park are places to eat, landscaped themed gardens and several major statues and works of art. Green Park makes up the northern section of the grounds of Buckingham Palace.
Other places of interest close by include Apsley House (0.1 miles) and Wellington Arch (0.1 miles), both on Hyde Park Corner.
Bedroom Numbers: 36 (19 suites) / 7 floors
Check-in: 14.00 (2 pm)
This hotel has averaged a score of 4.5 out of 5 by 488 past guests
>>>Booking.com (average customer rating 4.4 out of 5 from 92 reviews)
>>>Tripadvisor (ranked 157 of 1140 for Hotels in London and rated 4.5 out of 5 from 396 reviews)
Parking:Private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed) and costs £100 per day.
Internet:WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Pets:Pets are not allowed.
More hotels from this chainYou may be thinking your only preferred choice is still going to be the The Luxury Collection chain your closest choices would be:
Park Tower Knightsbridge: is 392 yards (358 metres) away, has a guest satisfaction score of 80% and rates start from about £329.
Westbury Hotel Mayfair: is 0.8 miles (1.2 km) from here, earns a customer rating of 83% and base rates begin at about £269.
Compared to other London hotels: This hotel has been rated 90% by past guests. The London average is 79% and the average for 5 star hotels is 89%. Therefore this hotel is above average for its sector (star rating) and for London as a whole.
The Luxury Collection Hotels have an average guest rating of 84%. The Wellesley Hotel Knightsbridge with its rating of 90% is therefore not just well above average for this chain but is our highest rated The Luxury Collection hotel.
Milesfaster ranking: 254th from 865 London hotels, 1st of 3 The Luxury Collection Hotels, and 99th of 133 five star rated hotels.
Another to Consider: Also close by and a similar hotel (0.1 miles, 0.1 km) would be the 5 star Lanesborough Hotel London, whose lowest rates start at about £675 and which has a 99% guest satisfaction rating. The Lanesborough Hotel London also offers: free WiFi.For a hotel that offers lower base rates take a look at the Halkin Hotel. 0.2 miles from the Wellesley Hotel Knightsbridge (0.2 km), has been rated at 98% by past guests and the hotels starting rates begin at about £319 (theres free WiFi too).
Would you prefer to go with something that has scored higher in guest satisfaction ratings? If that is what your after then the 5 Star 41 Hotel seems like a possible option. The 41 Hotel is only 0.5 miles (0.8 km) away. The 41 Hotel has a perfect unblemished customer rating 100%, a truly stunning achievement.
Local hotels analysed:The 50 hotels nearest to this location (11 Knightsbridge, SW1 postcode) that we list cover a 0.6 miles (1.0 km) radius. They breakdown as follows: 34 five star hotels (average rating 90%), 13 four star hotels (average rating 83%) and 3 three star hotels (average rating 61%). Overall the best rated hotel is 41 Hotel (5 star) at 100%.
Base Rates: A look at how hotels compare for starting rates (base rates). These published rates are long term rates so do not take account of special deals and offers.
Of the nearest fifty hotels we have base rates for 49 of them. The average starting rate looking at all the nearest hotels to this location is £324 per night. The cheapest standard rates begin at £67 at Tophams Hotel Belgravia (3 Star, 61%) while the highest base rates are £1000 at 45 Park Lane Hotel (5 Star, 99%). Averages listed for each individual star sector: Five Star average: £393, Four Star average: £174 and Three Star average: £86.
We rank hotels based on their guest rating but balanced for their influencing factors. We have ranked Wellesley Hotel Knightsbridge 14th (joint) of 50 nearby hotels and 12th (joint) for the 34 five star hotels in the area. Our ranking for sheer lowest base rates is 39th of 49 (23rd of 33 five star hotels.). We calculate an overall ranking combining the rates and rating scores. This hotel ranks 25th of 39 for pure value for money (The Hari London was top).
History:Left the Preferred Hotels portfolio and joined the Starwood Luxury Hotels Collection in May 2017.
Opened in December 2012. Despite being widely advertised as being the first London 6 star hotel, it eventually opened with a 5 star rating.
The hotel is named after Sir Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington.
Until June 2010 the former office building was the Pizza on the Park restaurant. In 1906 till the 1930's the building was the original entrance to Hyde Park Corner Tube Station.
The hotel is owned by Arab Investments' City and Country Hotels, has been designed by 'Fox Linton' and is being developed by Rhimesong for some £36 million pounds.