Hotel in Detail:The Stafford Hotel dates back to 1858 and prides itself on friendliness while under-stated elegance affords every comfort. The main hotel building is made up of three townhouses. Your welcomed by the doorman on arrival and its worth noting that the Stafford can be accessed via Green Park (passage way leads to within 50 yards of the hotel entrance) or via St James's Street. Well located for the famous theatreland of central London.
All of the hotels bedrooms are individually designed and have a traditional decor. No messing with a key as the hotel uses a proximity sensor to unlock the door as you approach.
Amenities include Air conditioning, safe, free WiFi, widescreen satellite TV, Desk, Telephone, Radio, CD Player, and Nespresso coffee machine.
All guest rooms have a luxury private bathroom that come with free toiletries, bath/shower, hairdryer and bathrobes.
The Stafford Hotel has its rooms and suites spread out over its annexes and main hotel building.
The Main House has 68 rooms and suites.
The Carriage House is home to 12 rooms and suites that occupy this restored 18th century stable courtyard. Each room has original timber beams which themselves are said to come from 18th century sailing ships. They are furnished with English furniture and period pieces along with the latest in modern amenities and tech. Come Christmas time, Christmas trees are placed outside each door.
The Stafford Mews Opened in 2007. Home to 27 luxurious and classically English suites with an elegant and sophisticated feel. Decorated with antique furniture.
Room service is available 24 hours. Evening turndown service. Free overnight shoe shine.
Dining Options:The Game Bird: Opened March 2017. From chef James Durrant. Contemporary and informal dining throughout the day. The menu is focused on modern British comfort cooking in a setting of style and panache and a seductive ambience with a cool sophistication. The feel is very much of a private members club. The dishes are seasonal and supports local artisans including award-winning family owned farms. Theatre of the senses menu based on uncomplicated excellence of local, seasonal produce alongside British classics served on traditional handcrafted trolleys.
Intimate dining booths against a backdrop of pale blue walls and specially commissioned artwork from some of the countrys leading young British artists.
The chic Champagne Bar is the place to slip away from the outside world and into a glass of chilled champagne or a martini cocktail before dining in the restaurant.
The Lounge: Elegant venue with a real fire. Serves afternoon tea including a selection of freshly made sandwiches, homemade scones with preserves and clotted cream plus cakes and pastries.
American Bar: Hundreds of signed celebrity photographs dating from the 1960's to the current crowd the walls, and the ceiling is hung with a colourful collection of club ties, sporting mementoes and baseball caps. The bar was once declared as serving the best martini in the world and has won awards including being voted the second 'Best Cocktail Bar' as voted by Gourmet magazine. Open daily and also serves light snacks and suppers and the famous 'Stafford Burger'. Gentlemen are required to wear jackets in the evenings. A fresco dining in the summer months.
Should you want to give a private dinner party or hold a business meeting 4 salons or the wine cellars are available for receptions, lunches and dinners. Above the cellars is the carriage house.
Wine Cellar: Dating back to 1640 the cellar was built by Lord Francis Godolphin. Holds up to 8,000 bottles of the finest wines.
The Stafford mews annexe houses the well equipped fitness room with cardio and multi-gym machines and is open to all hotel guests.
There are 4 meeting rooms with a capacity for up to 70. Stafford Hotel guests receive membership a nearby health club.
Wireless internet access is available at no charge throughout the entire hotel.
Hotel Vicinity:Nearest: Tube Station: Green Park 211 yards (192 metres), Railway Station: London Charing Cross 0.7 miles (1.1 km), DLR Station: Tower Gateway 2.9 miles (4.7 km), Motorway: M1 Junction 1 6 miles (9.7 km).
The Stafford London hotel is situated just off from Piccadilly in an area known as St. James's. The area is bounded by Mayfair to the north and the grounds of Buckingham Palace and Green Park to the south. Within St James's is St James's Place, once home to the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and still a royal palace with a Household Calvary Guard at the entrance, making for a great photo opportunity. The road on which the hotel is located, is a cul de sac separating the hotel from the busy surrounding streets. This is a central location in an upmarket area home to several gentleman's clubs. Piccadilly has many well known shops including Fortnum and Mason along with the Royal Academy of Arts (RADA). The popular shopping streets of Regent Street, Bond Street (known for high quality jewellery) and Knightsbridge all close by also offer great shopping. Some of the many nearby attractions include Michael Faraday Museum (0.3 miles, 0.4828032 kms), Guards Museum (0.4 miles, 0.6km), Ripleys Believe it or Not Museum (0.4 miles, 0.6km), Nelsons Column and Trafalgar Square (0.52 miles, 0.8 km), Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament (0.65 miles, 1km), Cleopatra's Needle (0.85 miles, 1.3 km), London Aquarium (0.94 miles, 1.5 km) and the London Eye (Millennium Wheel) (1 mile, 1.6 km). In reality this area is surrounded by attractions and amenities and is a great central location while giving a feeling of seclusion.
Bedroom Numbers: 107
Check-in: 14.00 (2 pm)
Check-out: 12.00 noon
This hotel has averaged a score of 4.85 out of 5 by 2184 past guests
>>>Booking.com (average customer rating 4.5 out of 5 from 644 reviews)
>>>Tripadvisor (ranked 12 of 1140 for Hotels in London and rated 5 out of 5 from 1540 reviews)
Parking:Private parking is possible at a location nearby (reservation is not needed) and costs £65 per day.
Internet:WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Pets:Pets are not allowed.
Compared to other London hotels: This hotel has been rated 97% 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.
Milesfaster ranking: 21st from 865 London hotels, and 15th of 133 five star rated hotels.
Another to Consider: A similar hotel nearby (0.0 miles, 0.1 km) would be the 5 star Dukes London, where rates start from £343 and which has an 89% guest satisfaction rating. The Dukes London also offers: free WiFi.Looking for lower base rates? Then another option might be the Radisson Blu May Fair Hotel. 0.2 miles away (0.3 km), has scored 81% from former guests and whose lowest rates start at about £276 (theres free WiFi too).
Howabout an alternative hotel that has scores higher in guest reviews? Then the 5 Star 41 Hotel ticks many of the right boxes. The 41 Hotel is only 0.5 miles (0.9 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 (St James's Place, SW1 postcode) that we list cover a 0.6 miles (0.9 km) radius. They breakdown as follows: 32 five star hotels (average rating 89%), 16 four star hotels (average rating 85%) and 3 three star hotels (average rating 88%). 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 51 closest hotels analysed we have base rate data for all of them. The average starting rate looking at all the nearest hotels to this location is £294 per night. The cheapest standard rates begin at £79 at Park Lane Mews Hotel (4 Star, 64%) 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: £361, Four Star average: £187 and Three Star average: £156.
Our in-house ranking based on guest ratings but adjusted for influencing factors ranks Stafford London 9th (joint) of the 50 local hotels and 8th for the 32 five star hotels in the area. 36th of 51 (18th of 32 five star hotels.) for base rates ranking. Scoring the hotels rates and review score together we rank the hotel 3rd of 40 when judging value for money (Haymarket Hotel was top).
History:Was a Kempinski branded hotel until August 2014. Became a Kempinski Hotel in February 2009.
Major refurbishment in 1996 with continual re-investment annually since then.
Carriage House rooms added in 1990.
Owners: The Stafford hotel was bought by 'Costain' in 1947. Bought by 'Trafalgar House ' in 1985. Bought by 'Daniel Thwaites plc' (actually owned by his his subsidiary, 'Shire Hotels') in 1995. Bought by Egyptian-owned leisure firm Britannia Hospitality (run by the El Sharkawy family) in September 2009 for £77.5 million pounds.
Past: The Stafford Hotel main building was first built in the 17th century. The home of Lord and Lady Lyttleton in the 1800's. Lady Lyttleton became Queen Victoria's nanny (to her children) in 1849 and the home was sold at auction.
Thereafter till 1900 the home saw use as the Richmond Club Chambers, Green's Private Hotel and St James's Palace Hotel. The adjacent building became the Stafford Club in 1886. This was bought out in 1912 and the merged properties became the Stafford Hotel. Became a club for American and Canadian officers during the second world war.