Insider Video: Discover The Beaumont Hotel in Mayfair
The Beaumont, London
London is home to some of the finest hotels in the world. So, for hoteliers, finding something that makes their property stand apart is vital. Naturally, location and amenities play a part, but ultimately it's the service, experience and attention to detail that could mean the difference between a customer returning or going elsewhere. A stay at The Beaumont will have you immediately planning your next visit.
The Beaumont was established by Corbin & King, the company behind London favourites The Wolseley, The Delauney and Brasserie Zedel - but you'd never know that this was their first foray into overnight accommodation. From the second you step through the door, the level of service is second-to-none. With 50 rooms, plus 23 suites and studios, you get all the grandeur of a luxury grand dame, but with the care and attention of a boutique hotel. You're not only greetedby nameby the friendly and attentive staff, but with the most heavenly smell - a bespoke Jo Loves by Jo Malone fragrance created specially for The Beaumont.
Inspired by the great hotels of the 1920s, the building is decorated with an elegant Art Deco style throughout, with the lobby, corridors and rooms filled with a fascinating mixture of artwork and antiques. From the outside, you won't fail to spot the striking block sculpture by Turner Prize-winning artist Anthony Gormley, which covers three storeys of the upper lefthand corner of the hotel.
The hotel is situated on Brown Hart Gardens, a tranquil square set just a stone's throw away from the bustling stores of Oxford Street and Bond Street, but which feels so much further. If shopping and sightseeing is on your London agenda, you couldn't find a better base from which to plan your time in the capital. There are also plenty of theatres, restaurants and bars in the near vicinity, as well as Mayfair's selection of world-renowned art galleries, meaning you never have to travel very far for entertainment. But, should you want to go further afield, it's just a four-minute walk from Bond Street tube station. Alternatively, the hotel offers a complimentary chauffeur-driven vintage Daimler which can take you on a tour of Mayfair, so you can pick up your shopping in impeccable style.
The 1920s styling results in a cool and calming effect in the rooms - the polished wood and muted tones allow the impressive array of artworks to take centre stage, while also making you feel as though you are staying somewhere truly special. This is luxury that doesn't feel the need to shout about it - it simply oozes it in an understated fashion.
Little touches of luxury can be found everywhere, from The Beaumont-branded playing cards on the table, to the bedside chocolates created in-house. A steaming flask of fresh mint tea was waiting in the room when we retired after dinner. Everything apart from alcohol in the mini bar is complimentary (something which doesn't cost the hotel much but means so much more to guests).
The chic Mayfair suite, which pays tribute to fashion legend Elsa Schiaparelli, features a private rooftop terrace, while the spectacular Roosevelt suite allows guests to take over the entirety of the fifth floor via interconnecting rooms. But undoubtedly the most talked-about space is ROOM, a suite actually set inside the striking Anthony Gormley structure. The suite's dark, minimalist bedroom was designed to encourage a meditative state, to help guests take a calming pause from the busy world outside.
Food and Drink
While no longer under the management of Corbin & King, considering The Beaumont's original owners' history in food, its perhaps unsurprising to find that the hotel boasts an excellent restaurant. The Colony Grill again follows the Art Deco theme seen throughout the rest of the hotel with cosy booths in an intimately-lit wood-panelled dining room. The menu features 1920s American classics such as mac and cheese, burgers, New York hot dogs or chicken pot pie - casual cuisine done really,reallywell - alongside steak, fish or lobster; a delicious blend of high-low eating that will make it enduringly popular. For dessert you simply must build your own sundae; choose from a selection of ice creams, sorbets and sauces, plus (the best bit) toppings including peanut brittle, almond nougatine and crushed meringue. Post dinner, enjoy a cocktail in the American Bar next door.
The Colony Grill is open seven days a week, serving breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner.
The Beaumont features a relaxing white-marble-clad spa, including hammam, steam room, sauna and plunge pool. Choose from a selection of treatments including massages, facials, manicures and pedicures, or work out in the impressive 24-hour gym. You could even leave the hotel with a completely new look, thanks to the in-house hair salon, offering both cuts and styling.
Rates start from £395 for a Classic Room. The rate also includes The Beaumont's 'Help Yourself' morning coffee, tea, orange juice, home-made viennoiseries and preserves in The Cub Room each morning; fresh organic coffee, teas, soft drinks, still and sparkling water, and snacks from the in-room bar; high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the hotel; in-room movies; local and national landline calls; use of the hotel's vintage Daimler for local trips (subject to availability); use of the spa and 24-hour gymnasium throughout your stay; and priority booking at The Colony Grill Room. Visit .
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