In a city that’s brimming with hip boutique hotels at every turn, it’s important to have a plan. Ultimately, your choice depends on what mood you want to take away from your trip. Here, discover Savoir Flair’s roundup of the finest hotels in London, from hipster havens to five-star properties.
Ace Hotel London Shoreditch
Whether it’s in New York or London, the Ace Hotel is where the hip go to hang. From the black-and-white photo booth in the lobby to the record player and vinyl collection placed in each room, you can expect your stay at the Ace to be one spoon artisanal and two spoons trendy.
Double rooms from AED 1,700/SAR 1,730
(+44) 207 613 9800
So much has been written about the Chiltern Firehouse restaurant that it’s easy to forget this Marylebone outpost is also a 26-bedroom hotel. Vintage, glamorous, and the current playground of the rich and famous, this inn is the hottest ticket in town.
Double rooms from AED 3,365/SAR 3,435
(+44) 207 073 7676
Dean Street Townhouse
Located in the heart of Soho, this four-story Georgian townhouse-turned-hotel is a sweet and inviting place to rest your head. Prepare to mingle with film and media types in the cozy downstairs dining room.
Double rooms from AED 2,107/SAR 2,152
(+44) 207 434 1775
Ham Yard Hotel
The Ham Yard Hotel is bold in aesthetic, boasts urban-village vibes, features a bronze sculpture by Tony Cragg in its tree-filled garden – and equipped with a 1950s-style bowling alley. The rooms are very generous in size, especially for a city like London. Be sure to visit the enchanting fourth-floor terrace, which is brimming with olive trees and lavender.
Double rooms from AED 2,616/SAR 2,670
(+44) 203 642 2000
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
Overlooking Hyde Park and Knightsbridge, this distinguished hotel continues to be celebrated for its stunning spa, elegant rooms, and acclaimed Dinner by Heston Blumenthal restaurant.
Double rooms from AED 3,422/SAR 3,494
(+44) 207 235 2000
Blink and you might miss Number Sixteen, which is elegantly set inside a Victorian-stucco townhouse in South Kensington. From its tree-filled private garden to library-themed lounge, the hotel is ideal for a stylish and soothing stay.
Double rooms from AED 2,005/SAR 2,047
(+44) 207 589 5232
Charlotte Street Hotel
This high-end boutique hotel, located in the heart of London’s theater district, is a design maven’s dream. The décor, devised by Kit Kemp in a Bloomsbury theme (think Burberry Fall/Winter 2014), means the townhouse-turned-hotel is rich with artistic references.
Double rooms from AED 1,354/SAR 1,383
(+44) 207 806 2000
Corinthia Hotel London
Just minutes from Trafalgar Square and the House of Parliament sits the Corinthia Hotel London. This ornate Victorian hotel offers up modern accommodation, five-star restaurant options, two chandeliered lounges for afternoon tea, and even a Harrods outlet on the ground floor.
Double rooms from AED 2,340/SAR 2,448
(+44) 207 930 8181
The Portobello Hotel
Located in the quaint neighborhood of Notting Hill, this quirky boutique hotel was once favored by musicians and celebrities. Kate Moss and Johnny Depp famously filled up a bathtub with bubbly during a stay in the 90s. Whether you choose to re-enact that moment or not, The Portobello Hotel is an eclectic and iconic choice.
Double rooms from AED 1,104/SAR 1,127
(+44) 207 727 2777