Hotel in London
4-Star Boutique Hotel
When we talk about hidden gem hotels, I am sure it conjures up different things to different people.
To me Flemings in London’s Mayfair defines a hidden gem hotel in my mind. Why? Well firstly it took me sometime to discover it and secondly it is probably not a hotel many visitors to the city would know about unless it had been personally recommended.
The fact it is tucked away in a little side street just off busy Piccadilly also means it’s perfectly located for exploring London with Buckingham Palace, Park Lane, Mayfair, Regent Street and Oxford Street all within easy walking distance.
The other thing that I like about Flemings is the personal service you receive, from the warm welcome by the doorman when you arrive to the moment you check out, nothing is too much trouble.
Whilst the main reason for my stay was to try one of the new apartment suites, I did have a look at some of the hotel’s main rooms including a Classic Double, Superior and Family King Room. No two rooms are the same, each one being individually decorated, which I like. For example one of the rooms I saw had a luggage wallpaper theme, whilst another had a book theme. Although all of these rooms are in a very good state of the repair, the bathrooms are beginning to look dated and both the rooms and bathrooms are due to be refurbished in 2015 and I very much look forward to seeing the transition.
All the hotel’s apartment suites have a separate private entrance in Clarges Street, giving you direct access without the need to walk through the hotel. In keeping with the rest of the hotel, the suites are uniquely designed and individually decorated. Attention to detail has been paramount and I could quite easily have made my suite a permanent home! It is warm, inviting and spacious with a wooden floored entrance hall with a half bathroom and spacious open plan living room and fully-equipped kitchen off to the left. To the right is the bedroom with a large walk through closet area that leads into a beautiful oatmeal tiled bathroom with natural daylight, a grey slate floor, separate deep bath tub and walk in powerful shower and luxurious Miller Harris amenities and a heated towel rail. Both the living room and bedroom have Samsung HD TVs and Wi-Fi is complimentary throughout the hotel. New double-glazed windows are effective in keeping out any street noise and the comfortable king sized bed ensured I had a good night’s sleep. This really can be your home away from home when staying in London and with all the facilities of the hotel available you can choose to be as self-sufficient as you like.
I should also add that the hotel is family-friendly with a family package that includes special bathrobes for kids and children under the age of six will receive a Flemings Frog Book and complimentary cookies and hot chocolate.
A good sized gym was a recent addition in 2012 and is extremely well equipped with state-of-the-art Technogym cardio equipment, free weights and Power Plates.
The hotel joined forces with TV chef Rosemary Shrager at the beginning of 2014 to create a new and exclusive menu with Flemings’ head chef Brian Henry for The Grill Restaurant, with set dishes that change every 3 months. I tried the tasty Asparagus veloute with shallots and hot smoked salmon the Hogget with fennel, saffron, fondant and lamb jus, whilst my dinner partner had the Lemon sole with lobster glace and artichoke purée. We then shared the pressed pineapple with coconut lime jelly and sorbet topped with granola to round off a relaxing evening.
Whilst the quality of the dishes, presentation and service were good, it is unfortunate that there is no natural light, as the restaurant is located downstairs and in the summer months this may well tempt guests to venture out, whilst in the winter that may not be so much of an issue. That said, I found the breakfast selection to be plentiful with lots of fresh fruit, muesli, yoghurts, pastries, smoked salmon and cooked dishes to choose from.
The bar is tucked away towards the back of the restaurant and has some wonderful high backed what I call Alice in Wonderland chairs and is very much in keeping with the décor as you can see from the photographs below.
|Reviewer's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Ambience||Quiet, Hidden Gem|
|Services||Free High Speed Internet, Restaurant, Room Service, Fitness Center, Family Friendly, Conference Rooms|
|Number of Rooms||119 rooms and 10 apartments|
|Related Activity||Culture / Sightseeing, Shopping, Great local restaurants|
Single Rooms (86 ft²/8m²); Solo Double (129 ft²/12m²); Classic Rooms (229 ft²/21.3m²); Executive Rooms and Family Rooms (322 ft²/30m²); One Bedroom Suite (581 ft²/54m²). 5x One Bedroom apartments (672 ft²/62m²); 5x Two Bedroom apartments (726 ft²/67m²); 1x Three Bedroom apartment (Jubilee Suite) and one Penthouse Suite.
Being tucked away in a side street, this Georgian style hotel is generally very quiet. It is family friendly and with its Townhouse apartments next door and new apartment suites, has something for everyone and can truly be your home away from home.
Continental Breakfast from £18; Cooked Breakfast from £21 and Champagne Breakfast from £32. The Grill Starters from £7.50; Mains from £17.50 and Desserts from £8.50. Champagne from £12 a glass, wine from £6 a glass and £22.50 a bottle.
Last updated on 02-10-2015