Hotel in London
5-Star Boutique Hotel
Simon Burrell steps back in time as he walks through the front door of The Wellesley in London’s fashionable Knightsbridge.
I don’t know about you, but I am a bit of a fan of Art Deco and the 1920s as it reminds me of a time when things seemed to be a lot more straightforward and in many ways far less stressful than they are today. And so it is with The Wellesley, that once inside the hotel, you can forget the frantic 24/7 world we live in today and enjoy a touch of luxury coupled with second to none discreet friendly service.
You can’t beat The Wellesley’s Knightsbridge location for convenience, making it the perfect home away from home for exploring London, be it popping down to Harrods in the hotel’s black Rolls Royce for a spot of shopping or taking in a show in Shaftesbury Avenue.
Whilst the hotel does not have a fitness room, if you are a runner like me, then its proximity to Hyde Park means you literally have to cross the road and you can be stretching those legs within minutes.
With just 36 elegantly plush rooms and suites, The Wellesley is not your normal 5-star hotel but rather a 1920s Townhouse that has been beautifully restored with all the conveniences of a modern hotel. The hotel is named after Sir Arthur Wellesley who was the first Duke of Wellington and served as Prime Minister of Great Britain on two occasions between 1828 and 1834.
Regardless of which category of room you are staying in, from a Deluxe Queen right up to The Penthouse, every room is fitted with an elegant and luxurious marble bathroom with heated floor and wonderful Hermès amenities. There is a 24-hour Butler service and courtesy Rolls-Royce drop off service available within a one and half mile radius. Every room is fitted with an interactive Samsung Tablet which doubles up as a hotel guide and access to hotel services. The 52 inch flat screen Samsung TV had a menu of complimentary unlimited films and Sky Sports channels you can call up at the touch of a button and rooms that have a bath as well as a shower can enjoy a leisurely soak whilst watching the television at the foot of the bath. Fast complimentary Wi-Fi is also available throughout the hotel and each room offers mood lighting also at the touch of a button.
The Duke Ellington Suite, which is where I stayed, overlooks Hyde Park and thanks to the excellent double glazing and fifth floor location hides the fact that there is a busy road below. With a king size bed so comfortable and a room so quiet, I slept like a baby. The suite has a spacious living room area with sofa, chairs and coffee table plus a good sized leather topped work desk for those of you who may have to do some work. There are also international power points as well as every conceivable socket imaginable so you can plug your laptop or tablet into the large flat screen television. The room’s décor is elegant with some contemporary touches and pictures adorning the walls that take you back to the 1920s reminding you of the hotel’s past.
The bathroom with its very welcome heated floor and Italian Carrara marble is large and a place you will want to spend hours in thanks to its roll top bath and built in television. The large walk in shower is powerful and the ‘his and hers’ basins mean you can both brush your teeth together before putting on the fluffy Wellesley embroidered bathrobes.
A visit to the Crystal Bar reveals an array of whiskies and rare Cognacs, some dating back to the 1700s and perfect for pairing with one of the hotel’s fine cigars from their humidor out on the private heated and very comfortable cigar terrace.
Whilst I did not have dinner in the Oval Restaurant I did enjoy an excellent long breakfast the following morning whilst poring over the Saturday papers. The specially prepared Bircher Muesli was exceptional whilst the Eggs Florentine with perfectly cooked runny eggs set me up for the day ahead. I have however sampled Head Chef Michele del Monaco’s excellent Italian menu in the Jazz Lounge, which is a wonderful way to spend a Friday or Saturday evening if like Jazz and the 1920s.
So if you are looking for a boutique hotel in central London that has more of a personal and residential feel to it with your own car parked outside ready to whisk you off to the West End, then I can recommend The Wellesley, the perfect home away from home when visiting this great city of ours.
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man On The Ground
Photographs courtesy of The Wellesley
|Reviewer's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Related Activity||Relaxation, Lively Nightlife, Culture / Sightseeing, Shopping, Great local restaurants|
|Services||Free High Speed Internet, Restaurant, Room Service|
|Dress Code||Smart Casual|
|Ambience||Quiet, Incredible Staff, Elegant, Romantic, Cosy|
|Number of Rooms||36 rooms and suites|
Deluxe Queen (26m²); Deluxe King (24m²); Executive Room; Junior Suite (32m²); One Bedroom Suite (39-44m²); Two Bedroom Suite and The Penthouse (211 to 301m²).
Attentive staff, discreet elegance and luxury with a touch of Art Deco from a time when the pace of life was altogether a little less hectic.
Last updated on 16-02-2016