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Top Suites: London

By Lauren Hill |  May 9 2017


By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the May/June 2017 issue of Elite Traveler.

While visitors to London have always been spoiled for choice when it comes to fabulous suites, a recent slate of significant refurbishments has truly raised the bar. Whether you’re looking for traditional British finery or modern design, one thing all of these suites have in common is impeccable and discreet service.

Royal Suite

THE SAVOY

The recently opened Royal Suite at The Savoy takes full advantage of its prime location on the banks of the River Thames. The suite runs the entire riverside length of the hotel, and each room has floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views of the river, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the London Eye. It has a luxurious decor by Pierre-Yves Rochon, but still maintains a residential feel. Crown moldings, cream-colored walls, rich woods and touches of gold adorn the space. The centerpiece of the living room is its showstopping bar, where a bartender from the hotel’s world renowned American Bar can whip up cocktails for you, or for a larger party. In the private area, there is an intimate morning room for casual meals, large wood-paneled dressing room, marble bathroom with free-standing tub and a majestic canopied bed. The Savoy Royal Entourage is available by request and can include a private concierge, chef, bartender, therapist, personal shopper, hairdresser and makeup artist, in addition to the famous Savoy butlers who hold the philosophy that they will do anything you require of them, providing it’s legal of course.

Special amenities 24-hour butler service, packing and unpacking services, round-trip airport transfers, chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce, exclusive use of Royal Circle in the American Bar, Savoir bed, complimentary Wi-Fi, connecting room available
Size 3,500 sq ft
Number of bedrooms One
Nightly rate from $17,300
Contact Philip M Barnes, managing director, savoy@fairmont.com,
+44 207 836 4343, savoylondon.com

Royal Suite

THE GORING

This gracious suite has been thoughtfully decorated by Russell Sage with a mix of bespoke and antique furnishings, and comprises two bedrooms with en suite marble bathrooms, powder room, living room with grand piano and dining room for six. A dedicated footman stands at attention during your stay to whip up a delicious cocktail from the decanter bar that has been stocked to your exact specifications, or to help plan a decadent in-suite dinner. Not just royal in name, the suite contains a collection of regal memorabilia including military regalia and handwritten letters, walls lined in the same silk as the throne room in Buckingham Palace, and safely ensconced behind glass in the bathroom is a life-size portrait of Queen Victoria. The crowning touch is the spacious balcony overlooking London’s rooftops, which is accessible from every room.

Special amenities Round-trip airport transfers, personal footmen, packing and unpacking service, daily amenity at cocktail hour, personalized stocked decanter bar, 24-hour laundry and valet, breakfast, daily desserts, fresh fruit and flowers, personalized bathrobe, slippers and notepaper, complimentary Wi-Fi
Size 1,482 sq ft
Number of bedrooms Two
Nightly rate from $10,400
Contact David Morgan-Hewitt, managing director, reservations@thegoring.com, +44 207 396 9000, thegoring.com

Manor House Wing

ROSEWOOD LONDON

This grand, single-story compound is formed of a large collection of suites and rooms, and is the only suite in the world with its own postal code. Accessed by a private elevator with doorman, it’s the perfect respite for a privacy-conscious guest. While Manor House Wing is extremely private, it’s also ultra-luxurious and sumptuously decorated by Tony Chi. There’s an elegant private lobby, glamorous vanity room, three living rooms filled with eclectic objets d’art, dining room for 10, and seven perfectly appointed bedrooms, including the master with the option of two king beds. In the master bathroom you’ll find a spectacular freestanding circular marble bathtub.

Special amenities 24-hour butler service with packing and unpacking service, private parking, private elevator with doorman, car with driver, round-trip airport transfers, personalized Rivolta pillowcases, bathrobes, stationary and business cards, Czech & Speake toiletries, complimentary minibar and curated wine selection, McQueens flowers, fresh fruit and treats, complimentary Wi-Fi
Size 6,295 sq ft
Number of bedrooms Seven
Nightly rate from $25,000
Contact Michael Bonsor, managing director, london.reservations@rosewoodhotels.com, +44 203 747 8000, rosewoodlondon.com

Royal Suite

INTERCONTINENTAL PARK LANE

The Royal Suite sits on the site of Queen Elizabeth II’s childhood home and has recently been redesigned in homage to her early life, with touches that include a hand-blown glass chandelier inspired by Her Majesty’s jewelry and a satin canopy bed reminiscent of those in Cecil Beaton’s royal portraits. The large sitting room is decorated in shades of silver and gray and has a stately study with writing desk and collection of Taschen books. Each room has endless views of Hyde Park and the London skyline. A new service to the suite is the Style Service, in collaboration with Harvey Nichols. A dedicated phone number directly connects to one of the famed store’s top stylists, who will bring a perfectly curated selection of fashion and accessories straight to the suite.

Special amenities Agraria’s toiletries, access to InterContinental Club, fresh fruit, option to connect up to four additional rooms and the duplex London Suite
Size 1,450 sq ft
Number of bedrooms One
Nightly rate from $11,800
Contact Steven Sheridan, director of sales, +44 207 409 3131, parklane.intercontinental.com

Opus Suite

THE BERKELEY

The serene Opus Suite is a masterpiece of André Fu’s modern, calm design where each space flows effortlessly into the next. In the living room, specially commissioned artwork sits alongside custom handmade furnishings, discrete state-of-the-art technology and a working eco-smart fireplace, and offers 270-degree views of Hyde Park and Knightsbridge. There is a dining room for 10 and a fully-equipped Poggenpohl kitchen. The master bedroom has a 300 sq ft solid marble bathroom with freestanding soaking tub, heated floors and adjoining bamboo-finished dressing room.

Special amenities Burberry trench coats available during stay, personalized Rivolta pillowcases and bathrobes, Dom Pérignon Jeff Koons 2004 champagne on arrival, McQueens flowers, teatime amenities, fresh fruit and treats, butler on request, packing and unpacking services, airport transfers, complimentary Wi-Fi, up to eight connecting rooms available
Size 3,250 sq ft
Number of bedrooms Two
Nightly rate from $17,500
Contact KnutWylde, general manager, reservations@the-berkeley.co.uk, +44 207 107 8927, the-berkeley.co.uk

The Kipling Suite

BROWN’S HOTEL, A ROCCO FORTE HOTEL

Rudyard Kipling wrote The Jungle Book at Brown’s Hotel, so it’s only fitting that the hotel recently designed a suite in his honor. The quirky decor by Olga Polizzi features English wallpaper, fabrics from Lewis & Wood and hand-picked antiques contrasted with pieces of contemporary furniture. There are charming nods to Kipling throughout, including a white monkey near the suite’s lobby, safari hats and elephant objects. The large living room boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and high ceilings, as well as original cornices and paneling.

Special amenities Two 30-minute spa treatments, Ruinart champagne on arrival, choice of pillows, linens and mattress, in-suite check-in, packing and unpacking services, one-way airport transfer, complimentary Wi-Fi, local calls, handy mobile phone, full English breakfast and in-suite movies, connecting room available
Size 1,812 sq ft
Number of bedrooms One
Nightly rate from $7,700
Contact Jan Breuer, reservations supervisor, jbreuer@roccofortehotels.com, +44 207 493 6020,
roccofortehotels.com/browns-hotel

Choose from one of four bespoke experiences as a guest at The Kipling Suite: mix your own martinis in-suite, take a masterclass in the Bloody Mary at The Donovan Bar, enjoy a private tour of Peter Harrington Rare Books or have a personalized shopping excursion at the nearby Paul Smith boutique.

Empire Suite

HOTEL CAFE ROYAL

Modern meets traditional in the Empire Suite. The grand living room has high ceilings with ornate decorations, gold-colored walls with beautiful paneling, herringbone parquet floors and original gold mirrors. The contemporary design features modern chandeliers, sleek furnishings, large Sienna marble dining table and hidden leather-covered bar, which combine to create a fresh and elegant look. Large windows from the living room and bedroom overlook its prestigious location on Regent Street. In the bedroom, find an innovative wardrobe and in the sleek Carrera marble bathroom, a long bathtub and separate rainfall shower.

Special amenities 24-hour butler service, kitchenette, powder room, Frette linens, Bang & Olufsen televisions, complimentary access to Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre and The Club, complimentary Wi-Fi, connecting room available
Size 2,282 sq ft
Number of bedrooms One
Nightly rate from $12,400
Contact Marie Kelly, reservations manager, marie.kelly@hotelcaferoyal.com, +44 207 406 3322, hotelcaferoyal.com

Royal Suite

CLARIDGE’S

As you step into the red lobby in the Royal Suite at Claridge’s, you immediately understand why the hotel has such a draw to its notable clientele; it is a glamorous step into London’s Victorian era. The traditional decor in the living room includes original Edwardian furniture, a stunning carved wood and marble fireplace and a grand piano that belonged to Richard D’Oyly Carte, who built The Savoy. The dining room is a blue jewel box of a space, decorated with 19th century prints and a handsome wood table. Each king bedroom has a pastel decor with intricate details, including silver seashells on the walls.

Special amenities 24-hour butler service, Mercedes S-Class airport transfers, bottle of rosé champagne on arrival, McQueens flowers, fresh fruit and treats, Burberry trench coat to wear during stay, complimentary Wi-Fi and local calls, up to eight connecting rooms available
Size 2,400 sq ft
Number of bedrooms Two
Nightly rate from $6,800
Contact Paul Jackson, general manager, reservations@claridges.co.uk, +44 207 629 8862, claridges.co.uk

Green Park Suite

THE RITZ

The Ritz London’s latest signature suite opened last year as one of the many celebrations of the storied hotel’s 110th anniversary. The elegant decor uses silver leaf and pastel colors throughout, and has custom art and wood furniture mixed with antique furnishings. The living room boasts a marble fireplace and dining table for six. The newly opened suite has a fully-equipped kitchen and many modern upgrades, including double-glazed windows for soundproofing, Samsung televisions and Bose entertainment systems.

Special amenities 24-hour butler service, packing and unpacking services, one-way airport transfer in Rolls-Royce Phantom, fresh flowers, fresh fruit and treats, champagne on arrival, complimentary unlimited 3G/4G data and Wi-Fi
Size 1,200 sq ft
Number of bedrooms Two
Nightly rate from $5,000
Contact Sal Gowili, general manager, reservations@theritzlondon.com, +44 207 300 2222, theritzlondon.com

Connaught Apartment

THE CONNAUGHT

The spectacular carved blue-lacquered doors that greet you at The Apartment are a sign that you are about to see something truly special. Once inside, shades of white, blue and purple and bespoke art create a calming and distinctive look that was designed by the late, great David Collins himself. The living room has double height ceilings, large working marble fireplace and views of Mayfair. The master bedroom has a dreamy cream four-post bed with curtains, thoughtfully designed dressing area and bathroom with freestanding tub. There’s a dining room for eight, and a Connaught chef will come cook a special dinner for your party. You’ll also find a library with large collection of books, chef’s kitchen and a butler’s pantry.

Special amenities 24-hour butler service, packing and unpacking service, Burberry trench to wear during stay, welcome bottle of Krug champagne, complimentary treatments at Aman Spa,McQueens flowers in suite and on departure, complimentary full English breakfast, complimentary Wi-Fi, local phone calls and movies, option to reserve entire sixth floor
Size 3,070 sq ft
Number of bedrooms Two
Nightly rate from $17,500
Contact Max Binda, general manager, reservations@the-connaught.co.uk, +44 207 107 8945, the-connaught.co.uk

The Sterling Suite

THE LANGHAM

The lavish decor from Richmond is second only to the sheer size of the penthouse Sterling Suite. The six-bedroom apartment-style suite is accessed through a private elevator and can be closed off from the main hotel. In the grand living room, a working marble fireplace, unique white dual-tone piano and sumptuous seating await. There’s also a dining room, kitchen and state-of-the-art media room with 72in television. Some of the best details have been saved for the master suite which has its own large sitting area with hand-painted chinoiserie on silverleaf panels, edged in 22K gold moldings. This leads to an elegant bedroom, then through to a glamorous dressing area featuring verre églomisé glass with Gilded Age details and marble bathroom with steam shower. Throughout
the suite are furnishings and finishings from the best craftsmen, including Pierre Frey, Barovier & Toso, Baroncelli and Townsend, antique mirrors and artwork from British artists and photographers.

Special amenities 24-hour butler service, access to The Langham Club, welcome amenity, complimentary private bar, CCTV cameras and entry controls
Size 4,843 sq ft
Number of bedrooms Six
Nightly rate from $30,000
Contact Bob van den Oord, managing director, ttlon.info@langhamhotels.com, +44 207 636 1000, langhamhotels.com

Royal Penthouse Suite

CORINTHIA

Corinthia London has an impressive collection of suites, and the grandest is the Royal Penthouse, the largest two-bedroom suite in London. A dramatic circular staircase greets you and ushers you up to the second floor (there’s also an in-suite elevator). The expansive master suite has walk-in wardrobe, large bathroom and its own connecting spa suite, so you won’t have to leave to have a treatment from the famous ESPA spa. For glamorous dinner parties, the mirrored dining room is just the ticket. While the indoor space is impressive, you might find yourself spending more time outside on the enormous terrace, enjoying the 180-degree views over the river at your own fire pit.

Special amenities 24-hour butler service, local chauffeured car service, packing and unpacking services, in-suite check-in, daily tea, coffee and amenity on wake-up call, fresh flowers, available personal shopper, complimentary Wi-Fi
Size 5,000 sq ft
Number of bedrooms Two
Nightly rate from $26,800
Contact Thomas Fischer, general manager, london@corinthia.com,
+44 207 930 8181, corinthia.com

Harlequin Suite

THE DORCHESTER

Channel Hollywood glamour while in London? When this is the room Elizabeth Taylor stayed in when she found out that she was starring in Cleopatra, why not? There’s a chandelier by Metalarté inspired by her famous jewelry collection, and a wild second bathroom that retains the original pink marble that was installed just for her. And even if you aren’t entranced by Ms Taylor, the suite has plenty of luxurious features on offer. One of three roof suites, the floor-to-ceiling windows fill the suite with light and there is a large terrace overlooking Hyde Park. The suite comprises two bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, living room with silk-lined walls, dining room with bespoke chandelier and bar.

Special amenities 24-hour butler service, packing and unpacking services, round-trip airport transfers, bottle of Dom Pérignon and welcome drink on arrival, fresh flowers, fresh fruit and treats, Guerlain welcome amenities, complimentary Wi-Fi
Size 1,650 sq ft
Number of bedrooms Two
Nightly rate from $6,437
Contact Robert Whitfield, general manager, info.tdl@dorchestercollection.com, +44 207 317 6530, thedorchester.com

Royal Suite

THE LANESBOROUGH

Enter the Royal Suite at The Lanesborough through a set of impressive double doors and you will feel as if you have stepped back in time into an important royal residence. Here, recently refurbished period decor from Alberto Pinto meets state-of-the-art technology. Each room in the seven-bedroom suite has its own look, from the regal black-and-white master bedroom to the blue-and-gold living room and the rich red study. Classic paintings, antiques and sumptuous fabrics fill the space and beautifully framed floor-to-ceiling windows overlook Buckingham Palace Gardens. There’s a large entrance hall, two living rooms and dining room for 12 with a connecting butler’s pantry for discreet service.

Special amenities 24-hour butler service, packing and unpacking services, personalized stationery and business cards, chauffeur driven Rolls-Royce Phantom, access to fitness club and spa, Roja Dove amenities, complimentary Wi-Fi and movies
Size 4,800 sq ft
Number of bedrooms Seven
Nightly rate from $22,000
Contact Geoffrey Gelardi, managing director, reservations@lanesborough.com, +44 207 259 5599, lanesborough.com

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