Hotel in Detail:Dating back to the Victorian era the Connaught Hotel is a striking red brick building that stands out on this section of Mayfair. The hotel has the feel of an English country house with some grand features such as a winding Mahogany staircase embellished in guilt, interiors decorated with fine paintings and works of art and real fireplaces. Rising 6 floors above the stairwell is a domed glass ceiling.
Guest rooms and suites are furnished and decorated in harmony with their period heritage but in a contemporary and chic manner. Period colours and Edwardian-slate adorn the walls. Gilt mirrors, damask silk curtains and period oil paintings decorate many of the bedrooms of which they all have an individual style.
All bedrooms have an elegant style, have en-suite white Thassos marble bathrooms with Asprey toiletries, cast irons baths and flat screen TV and most have a walk-in shower. Rooms are furnished with antiques and have a butler service. In-room amenities include air-conditioning, free high speed internet access, ironing facilities, DVD/CD player, writing desk, minibar, safe and satellite TV.
Guest rooms have access to the 24 hour butler service.
Superior Queen, Superior King and Deluxe King rooms are decorated in either champagne/cream or eau de nil/duck-egg blue. luxury Italian linen is sued for the beds and the fitted cupboards are made from mahogany.
All the Junior Suites and One and Two Bedroom Suites have original paintings from the past centuries, old masters to modern works of art. Each has remotely controlled lighting.
Personal butler service 24 hours for everything from in-room dining to IT help.
Dining Options:Hélène Darroze at the Connaught: Michelin starred. Cuisine specialises in the tastes of South West France fused with some of the finest ingredients of the British Isles and British dishes. Designed by India Mahdavi. The restaurant has a team of 21 chefs who use authentic regional and seasonal flavours. The décor and surroundings stay true to the hotels 19th century heritage blended with a bold and playful display of colours and geometry along with Mahogany panelled walls. A chandelier hangs from the middle of the ceiling. The setting has an exclusive feeling with a warm ambience.
Jean-Georges at The Connaught: From chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Overlooking Mount Street and offers informal gourmet dining from 07.00 till 23.00. Relaxed feel in a contemporary setting. Wall-to-ceiling windows, accented with stained glass create a light, vibrant mood.
Eclectic and imaginative menu taking inspiration from the Far East with signature use of South-east Asian flavours. Also features a distinctive take on British and Connaught classics inspired by local London. Sourcing the best of British ingredients, the menus also reflect the farm-to-table, fresh-from-the-market approach long pioneered by chef Jean-Georges.
Also serves a full range of cocktails alongside an extensive wine list from the hotels own 6,000-bottle cellar.
Afternoon Tea at The Connaught served daily at Jean-Georges at The Connaught.
Connaught Bar: Voted worlds best bar on multiple occasions. Ultra-stylish setting for this cocktail bar. Inspired by English Cubist and Irish 1920s art, with textured walls shimmering in platinum silver leaf overlaid with dusty pink, pistachio and lilac, the creation of designer David Collins. Home to the infamous Martini Trolley, where you can custom-design your own martinis. Named as one of the top 30 hotel bars in the world by CNN.
Champagne Bar: High class setting with an understated elegance and located off a quiet lobby corridor. Serves 40 different champagnes (including ultra rare and vintage) and classic cocktails and where the bartenders wearing white gloves and bow ties. Intimate feel thanks to a capacity of just 25 seats. Furnished with plush leather banquettes, dark wood furnishings, and bronze mirrored tables. The dimly-lit space is illuminated by candles and a large skylight. Drinks are served in custom made Baccarat crystal glasses. One of the top 30 hotel bars along with the Connaught Bar according to CNN.
The Coburg Bar: The work of French designer, India Mahdavi. Warm, chic, relaxed and intimate vibe is this bar named after the hotels original name. Contemporary style while remaining true to the hotels heritage with wood panelling, antiques and a fireplace. The old Connaught wingback chairs are re-upholstered in velvet with black fringing, large caramel Heppelwhite 'loveseats' and wide-seated 18th century 'easy chairs' set the feel. Serves fine wines, extensive range of cocktails. Open from midday. Features an all day tapas menu.
The Connaught Hotel has a spacious onsite gymnasium and spa. The Aman Spa is based on key treatments reflecting the renewing traditions of China, Thailand, India and the Americas. The Spa includes a 60 meter indoor swimming pool.
Fitness Centre and pool open: Monday to Friday 6:30 till 21.00 (Saturday and Sunday 7.00 till 21.00)
Spa Treatments Daily 9:00 till 21.00
Additional services include a concierge, currency exchange and dry cleaning/laundry.
Guests needs are taken care of by the team of concierges of butlers (re-invented for the 21st century say the hotel), whether it should be local information or in-room services all needs are catered for.
Hotel Vicinity:Nearest: Tube Station: Bond Street 0.3 miles (0.5 km), Railway Station: London Marylebone 1 miles (1.6 km), DLR Station: Tower Gateway 3.3 miles (5.3 km), Motorway: M1 Junction 1 5.5 miles (8.8 km). This hotel boasts 4 tube stations with a half mile radius (0.8 km). The Connaught Hotel London is located in the heart of Mayfair just off of Grosvenor Square (location of the American Embassy). Mayfair is the most exclusive area in London and home many 5 star hotels. Residential by nature, for those that can afford the astronomical prices, with a mix of fabulous shopping and offices for some of the worlds leading companies. Bordered by Oxford Street to the north where there's something for everyone with a mile and half long road of endless shops and restaurants. Just on the eastern side is Bond Street, famous for its high quality jewellery stores and fashion boutiques. Running parallel with Bond Street is Saville Row, where men go to buy the best in made to measure suits. Just 1/3rd of a mile to the west of the Connaught Hotel is Hyde Park. Here you will find much to see and do, dotted with statues and la series of landscaped gardens, there are also many snack bars along with a gallery and boats for hire on good weather days. Horse riding tracks go all around the park and can be hired from nearby stables. 1/3rd of a mile to the south is Piccadilly which has its own row of shops (also home to Shepherds' Market), best known of which is perhaps Fortnum and Mason, and which leads down to Piccadilly Circus where the theatreland and nightlife is to be found. Just the other side of Piccadilly is Green Park, an open space and which makes up part of the grounds to Buckingham Palace (0.7 miles). Its less than a mile from here to ever popular Knightsbridge and its chic shopping and home to the Harrods Department Store. The hotel is on the corner of Carlos Place and Mount Street, while not a main road, it is a cut through for traffic and can be busy at peak times, but not excessively. Other local places on interest include the Michael Faraday Museum (worked with electricity) (0.3 miles), Sotheby's Auction House (0.3 miles), Speakers Corner (0.4 miles), Wigmore Hall classical music hall) (0.4 miles), Royal Academy of Arts (arts museum) (0.5 miles) and the Wallace Collection (0.5 miles).
Bedroom Numbers: 153
Check-in: 14.00 (2 pm)
Check-out: 12.00 noon
Parking:Private parking is available in close proximity to the hotel and costs £50 per day.
Internet:Complimentary wireless internet access throughout.
Compared to other London hotels: This hotel has been rated 90% by past guests. The London average is 80% 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.
Milesfaster ranking: 165th from 859 London hotels, and 71st of 131 five star rated hotels.
Another to Consider: A comparable type of hotel close by (0.2 miles, 0.3 km) would be the 5 star Claridge's Hotel , with base rates beginning from £510 and which has a 93% guest satisfaction rating. The Claridge''s Hotel also offers: free WiFi, a spa.For a hotel that offers lower base rates take a look at the Millennium Hotel Mayfair. 0.1 miles away (0.1 km), has been rated at 77% by past guests and whose lowest rates start at about £163.
Can we suggest something with a higher guest score? We suggest the 5 Star Haymarket Hotel seems like a possible option, it's only 0.8 miles (1.3 km) from here. The Haymarket Hotel has an extremely high guest rating of 96%, one of the best rated London hotels.
Local hotels analysed:The closest fifty hotels around this area (Carlos Place, W1 postcode) that are listed on this website cover a 0.6 miles (0.9 km) radius. The star rating breakdown shows 31 five star hotels (average rating 87%) and 19 four star hotels (average rating 81%). Top rated of the local hotels are Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel (4 star), The Beaumont London (5 star), the 45 Park Lane Hotel (5 star) and the Four Seasons Hotel Park Lane (5 star) (all 4 are joint top with 98%).
Base Rates: Here we breakdown the starting rates (base rates) by overall average and by star rating. However base rates do not take account of special offers and one off deals so are just a guide. Looking at all the base rates of the 50 local hotels the average rate is £271 per night. Rates range from £109 at Park Lane Mews Hotel (4 Star, 67%) and the highest rates top out at £730 at Four Seasons Hotel Park Lane (5 Star, 98%). The following are the rate averages per star level: Five Star average: £334 and Four Star average: £169.
We use a proprietary algorithm to rank hotels based on user reviews but adjusting for contributing factors. We rank Connaught Hotel 9th (joint) of the 50 local hotels and 8th (joint) for the 31 five star hotels in the area. Our ranking for sheer lowest base rates is 46th of 50 (27th of 31 five star hotels.). To give an overall ranking compared to hotels nearby we combine the rating and base rate scores which gives this hotel a ranking of 37th of 49 for sheer bang for buck (Montcalm London Marble Arch was top).
History:Owned outright by Qatari group, Constellation Hotels (backers of Paddy Mckillen) after the Barclay brothers sold their 66 percent share of Coroin Ltd in April 2015.
Purchased by the Barclays brothers (0wners of The Ritz) as part of a £700 million pound deal that included the Claridge's Hotel and The Berkeley Hotel. Sold by the Irish National Asset Management Agency (Nama) on behalf of the Irish bank who made a loan to Maybourne Hotel group in 2005 for the hotels.
New wing opened in November 2009 which gave the hotel an extra 30 bedrooms, a ballroom and a spa.
Closed for most of 2007 to allow for major restoration (£70 million pounds worth) which included the addition of an extra 33 rooms and restoration of some of the hotels original works of art. Bedrooms were refurbished under the direction and design of interior designer, Guy Oliver. Re-opened December 2007.
A Savoy Hotel group hotel since 1956.
The hotel originally opened as a newly built construction from two existing Georgian houses in 1897 when it was called the Coburg Hotel. In 1917 the names was changed to The Connaught after the Duke of Connaught (Queen Victoria's third son, Prince Arthur).
Bar Magazine: Worlds classiest bar 2016 for the Connaught bar.
Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards 2016: Worlds best bar
One of the top ten hotels in London: Telegraph newspaper 2015
AA London Hotel of the Year 2009/10
Voted runner-up best bar 2008 by Timeout magazine.
Forbes Top 400: 2008, 2007
five star rated 2014
Award for excellence 2012, 2013
Condé Nast Readers' Choice Awards:
2009: Gold Status for Location
award for excellence 2011
One of the worlds top 30 bars (Connaught bar and Champagne Bar) 2015