There are over 500 five star hotels in London and in my opinion, no one quite does luxury like the English capital. Over the last 5 years, many of the main luxurious hotels in London have gone through a makeover or have been restored to their former glory.
If having to look through 500 different hotels seems like too much bother, keep on reading. In this post, we will look at our favourite hotels in London and give you a few reasons why you may want to stay there.
So in no particular order here are 7 of London’s most luxurious hotels.
1) Shangri-La at the Shard.
If you want the best views in town, the Shangri-La at the Shard is the hotel for you. Set high in the Shard (Floor 34+), the Shangri-La offers a different experience to all the other hotels that make this list. With the highest swimming pool and the highest champagne bar in Europe where ever you go you get amazing views. Your room is no different, expect floor to ceiling windows which give you views across the capital like no other hotel.
The Shangri-La while comes in at a modest £455 per night is worth every penny. The food at the Shangri-La is quite cheap and you can expect to pay around £60 for a 4-course set menu (without wine).
If you want great views (we could see Tower Bridge from our room), a feeling of space and affordable food the Shangri-La is well worth staying at.
Overall we score the Shangri-La 8/10.
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2) The Savoy
Set in Covent Garden London, The Savoy is world known for its glamour and service. Close to the houses of parliament and surrounded by theatres and restaurants of Soho and many other top-class attractions. The Savoy is in the perfect location for those who are looking to explore the best parts of London.
The Savoy is art deco in style and looks new considering the last refurbishment was in 2010.
What I like most about the Savoy is that the staff are well trained and cater to your every need, but not only that, they genuinely seem like they care and want to help.
The room I stayed in was Edwardian styled and had one of the comfiest beds I have ever slept in, on checkout I asked about the bed and was surprised that they were for sale for £10,000.
The Savoy is an amazing hotel, with great staff and I score it 9/10 which should be expected as a one night stay costs around £500.
3) The Dorchester
Anyone who has played Monopoly will understand the prestige of Park Lane and if you haven’t played it the street is one of the most valuable to own along with Mayfair.
The Dorchester is located on Park Lane and is easily one of the most luxurious hotels in London.
The grand lobby, the opulent carpets and gorgeous antique clocks were some of the finest I have seen in a hotel. The rooms were a little small and there was no swimming pool which is a shame, but it does add to the character of the building.
If you are a foodie like me, then you will want to stay here. The Dorchester boasts one of the best restaurants in the world, the 3 Michelin-starred Alain Ducasse which employs over 90 chefs and the food is simply out of this world.
You can expect to pay anything from £500 to £900 a night at the Dorchester.
Overall I would rate the Dorchester 9/10, the rooms let it down slightly but the restaurant gives it something extra.
4) Claridge’s hotel
I couldn’t create a luxurious hotel list without including Claridge’s hotel, A hotel fit for kings and queens.
Claridge’s hotel, in my opinion, is one of the classiest hotels that make this list.
If crystal chandeliers, uniformed lift attendants, grand lobbies and victorian fireplaces are some of the things you look out for when staying at a hotel this is the hotel for you.
Like the Dorchester, Claridge’s hotel also boasts a Michelin-star restaurant run by head chef Simon Rogan (now run by Matt starling). At my time of staying here, I didn’t get the chance to dine at the restaurant as I went to the nearby La Gavroche by chef Michel Roux.
If you’re the type of person who loves celebrity watching this could be the hotel for you. Quite often can you meet celebrities in the discreet bar area.
Claridge’s hotel is set in the heart of Mayfair and is suitable for those travellers who value style over bling. A typical one night stay for a standard room can cost £500+.
Overall I score Claridge’s hotel 9/10.
5) The Ritz
Chances are you have heard of the Ritz, and there is a good reason for this. The Ritz is something else entirely. It sets the standards for hotels around the world and being ordinary is something that is not associated with the Ritz.
Situated a stone throw away from Buckingham Palace, at times you could get the two places mixed up. The Ritz has its own in house gilder who goes around making sure the gold shines the way it’s supposed to.
Gold taps, marble floors and mirrored walls are standard at the Ritz and rooms can range in price from £500 to over £1000.
The Ritz is in my top 3 hotels in London as you feel the heritage of the place from when you first step through the door. Their restaurant is also very good and it’s been awarded a Michelin star.
Overall I score the Ritz 9/10.
6) The Goring
Once again only a few minutes away from Buckingham Palace, The Goring Hotel is another excellent example of how luxury should be done.
The Goring has all of the luxuries you would expect from a top-class hotel, one thing that made it stand out to me was the beautiful garden which surrounds the hotel. In a place where seeing a tree is hard to come by, The Goring has wonderful lawns, flowers and shrubbery. In the summer you can also play croquet on the main lawn.
The Goring is a wonderful hotel, but for me, it seemed to be for an older crowd. Overall I would score The Goring Hotel 7/10, a typical one-night stay cost around £400.
7) The Connaught
The Connaught Hotel is a refined hotel in the heart of London and is only a 5-minute walk away from London’s famous Oxford Street known for its shops.
The hotel, in my opinion, is a little dated (even though they went through a refurbishment around 7 years ago). The red carpets and solid wood are not as luxurious as some of the other hotels mentioned above. With that said, the service you get at The Connaught is amazing.
Your room gets a butler who unpacks your suitcase and the concierge will help you out with anything from booking attraction tickets to reserving a table at a restaurant, but before dining out, you may want to consider the Michelin-stared restaurant within the hotel. Prices on the food were typical London prices, starters cost around £40.
Rooms can cost around £600 per night and includes Wi-Fi, which is expected at that price.
Overall I score The Connaught hotel 7/10.
Above are some of the most luxurious hotels in London and you really can’t go wrong if you book any of them. Have you stayed in any other luxurious hotels in London which you think are worth a mention? If so please comment them below.
Emma Jones is a travel blogger who writes for websites like Pink Storage who help other travellers look after their personal items when travelling the world. When not writing you can find her at the newest quirky restaurant or drinking a mojito or two.