London is an expensive city and these hotels are the most luxurious you can find. The 5-Star and Luxury Hotels we recommend are almost faultless and the 4-Star hotels are ones we consider the best in that category. Some are actually bargains for the wonderful service and accommodations you receive at great prices (for London.)
5-Star and Luxury Hotels in London
This is the quintessential London Hotel. Some rooms and suites in this luxury hotel offer great views of Green Park or Picadilly. Tea, served in the spectacular Palm Court, is one of the greatest London Traditions. The London Ritz is a fabulous hotel set in the heart of London
London W1J 9BR
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
This is one of the capital’s most distinguished hotels created with luxurious English elegance. The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Hotel offers fine views over the royal park and the chic shops of Knightsbridge. The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Spa is consistently voted one of the best urban spas in the country.
London SW1X 7LA
Landmark London Very Expensive – Deluxe
The Landmark in Marylebone was opened in 1899 and is close to all of central London’s attractions. A blend of Eastern flair and contemporary British style creates a wonderful ambiance within the hotel’s towering glass atrium, home to the two-rosette Winter Garden Restaurant. The fully equipped Health Club and Spa, deluxe Mirror Bar and the charming Cellars Bar and Restaurant ensure your complete comfort Guests will find the Landmark London’s bedrooms among the largest in London. Guest rooms reflect classic Victorian British elegance and provide exceptional convenience for the most discerning traveler. All rooms benefit from the following facilities: king-sized beds in all room categories except superior and twin, an executive desk, private bar, satellite television with on-command video system, multi-channel radio, three telephone lines, high-speed internet access and voice mail, bathrobe, hairdryer, the White Company bath products, large windows with impressive views. This hotel is truly a landmark and we wholeheartedly recommend it for travelers wanting the best.
Neighborhood: Marylebone/Regent’s Park
Nearest Train: Regent`s Park
The Milestone Hotel Very Expensive – Deluxe
In the midst of bustling High Street Kensington, and directly opposite Kensington Palace, is this 1880s building, a luxurious collection of rooms and suites, all individually designed. Whether you opt for the traditional English or safari suite, you will find yourself in elegant surroundings that incorporates high-tech amenities and unparalleled service There are 45 deluxe guest rooms, 12 luxurious suites, and 6 apartments offering an outstanding array of exceptional amenities including additional workspace, 2 private phone lines, and wireless high speed internet access. Guests are also invited to make use of their well equipped gym and ‘resistance’ swimming pool or escape from the pressures of city life in their Spa treatment room with a wide range of treatments designed to relax and rejuvenate. Many times the winner of the ‘Best Hotel in London’ award , The Milestone combines ultimate comfort with creative flair. We love this hotel and cannot recommend it more highly.
Neighborhood: Holland Park/Kensington
Nearest Train: High Street Kensington
The Halkin Very Expensive – Deluxe
Recognized as one of London’s most stylish and elegant hotels, The Halkin is located near Hyde Park. An elegant mix of contemporary Italian design with Oriental influences. The Halkin is one of the Leading Hotels of the World. The staff provides friendly and attentive service to all guests and each guest room and suite is individually decorated featuring high-quality facilities, including telephones with voice mail and modem connection, High Speed Internet, fax, interactive cable television with CD and DVD services, air conditioning and personal bar. Each room has a large all-marble bathroom, the majority offering a separate walk-in shower.
5 Halkin Street London SW1X 7DJ
Nearest Train: Hyde Park Corner
Parkes Hotel Expensive
A Luxury townhouse hotel located on a quiet tree-lined residential cul-de-sac in Knightsbridge, 1 block from Harrods. This quiet hotel offers 27 fully air-conditioned, split-level suites and six bedrooms beautifully appointed in the warm, traditional English style and discreetly outfitted with modern conveniences including well equipped kitchens in all suites. The service is top-notch.
Hyatt Regency – The Churchill Very Expensive – Deluxe
Hyatt Regency London-The Churchill is a luxurious hotel ideally situated in London’s West End, close to many of London’s main attractions and exclusive shopping areas, and with easy access to the City. The hotel is also just minutes from Paddington Station where a fast train service takes a mere 15 minutes from Heathrow Airport.
Nearest Train: Marble Arch/Bond Street
Claridge’s Very Expensive – Deluxe
Claridge’s is one of London’s most famous hotels. Located in Mayfair, it is perfect for the West End and all that it has to offer in the way of theatre, shopping and other attractions. Built in 1898, Claridge’s sense of tradition is the key to its atmosphere.
Nearest Train: Bond Street
The Connaught Very Expensive – Deluxe
Situated between Grosvenor Square and Berkeley Square, The Connaught, built in 1897, is one of Mayfair’s finest hotels. Decorated with hand-tufted carpets and fine antiques, this is a hotel steeped in class and discretion. This hotel is ideally positioned in Central London and offers its guests a sauna, free Wi-Fi and a swimming pool. It is situated a brief walk from Regent Street, Piccadilly and Oxford Street.
Nearest Train: Bond Street
The Dorchester Very Expensive – Deluxe
The Dorchester is one of London’s finest hotels for business travelers, celebrities and the well-heeled. Personalized yet unobtrusive service combined with English luxury make The Dorchester a home away from home for discriminating visitors to London.A wide range of personalised services are available for guests of Dorchester Hotel London, like a currency exchange, a concierge and babysitting/child services. Welcoming and helpful staff are available 24-hours a day.
Nearest Train: Hyde Park Corner
Sofitel St. JamesVery Expensive – Deluxe
We are generally fans of Sofitel Hotels and the St. James doesn’t disappoint. Just minutes from Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, St. James’s Park and the famous west end theaters, this hotel offers spacious rooms designed with English traditional style and French modern elegance. The award winning Brasserie Roux restaurant offers first class French brasserie cuisine Everything you expect in a luxury hotel is here, including state of the art technology. We are sure that you will enjoy your stay. Recommended.
Nearest Train: Picadilly
Brown’s Hotel Very Expensive – Deluxe
Built in 1837, Brown’s is a very luxurious hotel right in the heart of Mayfair. Its most distinguished feature is the Georgian façade, and the luxurious interiors that have recently been renovated. Brown’s is a Rocco Forte Luxury Hotel, which now has an on-site gym and three spa treatment rooms.
Nearest Train: Green Park
Sanderson London Luxury Hotel Very Expensive – Deluxe
This is an exclusive West End oasis, featuring only whites and silvers, and curtains or glass instead of doors. The lobby is very dramatic, sporting video installations, opera curtains, and dramatic furniture (chairs emblazoned with eyes, colorful sofas.) The beautiful flower-filled terrace offers a welcome burst of color. Featuring the famous Aqua Spa , Suka, a gourmet restaurant by Zac Pelaccio and a range of creatively decorated rooms decorated by Philippe Starck, The Sanderson London Luxury Hotel is quite the hot spot. If you want the most elegant in minimalist hip, this is the place.
Nearest Train: Tottenham Court Road
Charlotte Street Hotel Very Expensive – Deluxe
This contemporary, luxury boutique hotel in Fitzrovia combines the best of modern and traditional English decor – linen curtains, four-poster beds, and dark wood chests. Among the 52 individually decorated rooms are a few loft-style rooms and two penthouse suites with private lifts and amazing views. As would befit a hotel situated in the heart of Bloomsbury, paintings by The Bloomsbury Group adorn the walls. The 52 bedrooms and suites are designed with the modern traveler in mind. and are equipped with a safe, CD player, DVD and VCR, two line telephone with voice mail, modem point, fax outlet, cellular telephone and writing desk. There is also high speed internet access with VPN compatibility.Bathrooms are designed in solid granite and oak, all with colour TV’s, many with double basins and walk-in showers. They all have exclusive bath products by London perfumer Miller Harris.
London Marriott Hotel County Hall Very Expensive
This impressive hotel is on the south bank of the River Thames in County Hall, the one-time home of the Greater London Council. With fantastic views of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, the hotel is a landmark in itself, and care has been taken to ensure the inside lives up to the grand promise of the architecture outside. Most rooms have high-speed internet access, and guests can make use of the hotel’s 25m pool, gymnasium, and for a supplement, the health and beauty spa. Situated beside Westminster Bridge, the hotel is a few minutes from Waterloo Station (with links to the south of the UK and to France and Belgium), the London Eye, the West End and the music, art and theater at the South Bank Centre. Recommended.
Nearest Train: Waterloo
The Grange Holborn Hotel Expensive
Private upscale hotel a few minutes from both the West End and the City of London, aimed at both leisure and business guests. This 5-star property is elegant and modern. It is close to the British Museum, restaurants and shops. Each room has panoramic views over London. The hotel has a fitness center and swimming pool. Air conditioned rooms are fully equipped and of generous size by European standards.
Neighborhood: Covent Garden/Holborn
Nearest Train: Holborn
4-Star Hotels in London
The Royal Lancaster
Claiming the “best views in London”, the Royal Lancaster offers stunning views of Hyde Park from its deluxe rooms. This Concorde Hotel offers every amenity for the discriminating client.
London W2 2TY
Hilton Park Lane
The Hilton Park Lane is a full service business hotel. Guest rooms offer city views and suites offer Hyde Park views. Aside from the usual amenities of a 4-star hotel, guests can also enjoy free Wi-Fi, a sauna and a gym.
22 Park Lane
London W1K 1BE
London Marriott Grosvenor Square Expensive
Refurbished in 1996, the elegant Marriott Grosvenor Square is a traditionally English hotel. Bang in the middle of swanky Mayfair, and next to the US Embassy, it’s within walking distance of many shops, West End theaters, major attractions and business areas. Sip cocktails in the hotel’s elegant bar or workout in the hotel’s fitness center. There are PC’s and secretarial services available, plus in-room internet access and data ports for the business traveler.
Nearest Train: Bond Street
The Pelham Hotel Expensive
Bedecked with antiques in a country manor style, this lovely hotel in South Kensington is a beautiful place to stay. Although it celebrated its 10th birthday in 1999, it still remains something of a secret gem for the older smart set. During Fashion Week, the hotel is booked solid with all the big editors and fashion buyers. There are 50 bedrooms and 2 suites. Each is air conditioned and has been individually designed and decorated in the grand English country house style. Every room is fully equipped with a writing desk, 2 line telephone, high speed internet access, modem point, voice mail, cellular telephone, VCR, fully stocked mini bar, hairdryer and terry cloth robes. Bathrooms are beautifully designed in granite and mahogany with a large tub, American standard shower and heated towel rails. This hotel is expensive, but worth every penny.
Neighborhood: Chelsea/South Kensington
Nearest Train: South Kensington
Sydney House Expensive
This hotel is a little gem in the opulent district of Chelsea. Sydney Street is just off Fulham Road, a few minutes away from the shopping paradise that is Brompton Cross. Set in a proper town house just minutes’ from King’s Road, Knightsbridge and the fashionable part of London known as The Beach, this boutique hotel offers sleek modern accommodation within the atmosphere of a private house. Sydney House offers a drawing room, bar and boardroom as well as 21 double, air-conditioned bedrooms. Comfort is the priority throughout.The bedrooms all have goose-down quilts, Frette Linen and White Company Toiletries. The double Rooms have sleek glass bathrooms and modern, powerful showers. Discreet, flat screen, TVs are standard as are DVD players and direct high-speed ADSL internet access. We highly recommend this hotel.
Neighborhood: Chelsea/South Kensington
Nearest Train: Sloane Square
London Bridge Hotel Moderate – Expensive
The London Bridge Hotel offers excellent accommodation within 138 stylish rooms in this charming hotel. This, coupled with a superb standard of hotel service and excellent amenities makes the London Bridge Hotel an ideal choice for the business or leisure traveler. As well as standard bedrooms and executive suites, the hotel has three luxury serviced apartments. All rooms have been refurbished in a contemporary yet comfortable style and have a large flat screen television, radio, high speed internet access, voicemail, a DDI line, fiber optic reading lights, duvet, mini-bar, hairdryer, trouser press, iron and board, large safe and tea/coffee making facilities.
Nearest Train: London Bridge
Covent Garden Hotel Expensive
This little gem has large, comfortable rooms decorated in an elegant and soothing style. An oasis from the hubub of the Covent Garden neighborhood. The hotel has 58 spacious bedrooms and suites, each individually designed and decorated in a contemporary English style. Most have large windows and some have stunning views overlooking the rooftops of London.The best part is the friendly and accommodating staff. We highly recommend this hotel.
The Chesterfield Mayfair Moderate to Expensive
Gracious and traditionally British, the Chesterfield is well situated in the tranquil and exclusive district of Mayfair, just a step away from the designer shops of Bond Street and high street chains of Oxford Street. This charming hotel provides valet parking, an express check-in and check-out feature and meeting rooms. It offers child-minding services, a currency exchange and a reception that operates 24 hours a day.Comfortable rooms, modern amenities, friendly service and reasonable prices make this hotel hard to fault. We highly recommend the Chesterfield
Blooms Hotel Moderate- Expensive
This small, cozy hotel is an 18th-century terraced house and designed in a quintessentially English style. At the back of the hotel there is a view of the British Library and the hotel’s private garden. Although in a quaint and quiet Bloomsbury location, this hotel is only minutes away from Covent Garden and Oxford Street. The traditionally decorated rooms include Color television, satellite and cable TV, direct dial multi-line telephones with modem access, tea/coffee making facilities, non-smoking rooms, and complimentary newspapers.
Nearest Train: Holborn
London Marriott Hotel Marble Arch Expensive
This smart but comfortable four-star hotel is right in the heart of the West End, just a few minutes from Oxford Street, Marble Arch and Hyde Park. The hotel aims to tailor its services to each guest, and to exceed customer expectations wherever possible, so expect a warm welcome and helpful staff. If you have a vehicle, parking can be arranged for a fee – a godsend in London where parking spaces are like gold dust. The hotel has good leisure facilities, with two restaurants, a pool, sauna, fitness centre, whirlpool and solarium on-site. There is also a range of business facilites available for those visiting London for professional purposes.
Neighborhood: Soho/West End
Nearest Train: Marble Arch
Written by Terri Fogarty for EuropeUpClose.com