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Blainey's Mayfair hotels guide

The Property Addict / Luxury Lifestyle

Aug 12 2015

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I've just opened an office in Mayfair and have been recently spending an inordinate amount of money and time trying out the new establishments in "Ë?Ol Blightly, so I thought I would answer one of the most common questions I'm asked as a hotel designer: "Where to stay?" I'm a big believer that taliored service is the most critical factor in your experience of a hotel and we all have our penchants, however my test is that the barman should know your tipple of choice by the end of your stay. These hotels fit my criteria for design, service and damn good attention to detail.

Land of the Deco Gods.

The Beaumont is my new favourite, owned by Corbin & King, the first hotel of the restauranters behind The Wolseley. This hotel was a garage which has been converted into a 1920's Art Deco masterpiece. Atop this garage is Antony Gormly's crouching cubist man, sitting above the building like a modern day Zeus, whilst on the ground a doorman called Angel marks your arrival into a little piece of 1920's deco heaven. A fabulous dark speakeasy bar, geometric bathrooms, a complimentary mini bar in each room and the all important "Ë?it restaurant' in town, The Colony Grill. Screen Shot 2015-08-14 at 8.53.34 am Screen Shot 2015-08-14 at 8.53.41 am Screen Shot 2015-08-14 at 8.53.47 am

Playa in Town

Previously the Playboy Club, 45 Park Lane is the newest in the Dorchester group, now converted to 45 ultra luxury hotel rooms and suites designed by New Yorker Thierry Despont, who also worked on the restoration of the Statue of Liberty. The contemporary suede lined, and lacquered timber framed rooms remind me of what it might be like to be inside a giant humidor. The foyer is designed in true Deco decadence, alongside Wolfgang Puck's London restaurant serving the best Wagyu steak in town. The hotel is the perfect long stay option with no attention to detail spared. The bar is a secret bolt hole of mine for an after work drink and you will find the Concierge will have you in the hottest table in London in a jiffy. Screen Shot 2015-08-14 at 8.55.06 am Screen Shot 2015-08-14 at 8.55.11 am Screen Shot 2015-08-14 at 8.55.17 am

Old Faithful

The Connaught is my old favourite, since the early 19th Century this piece of Mayfair history has personified luxury. The hotel had a major renovation in 2007 and now has both fabulous traditional and new rooms designed by one of my design heroes, David Collins. The real design jewel in this hotel is the Connaught Bar, hidden behind the main stair, so that only those who know, slip in for a martini only second to Dukes. This is by far my favourite watering hole in London and if I'm feeling like a little taste of the past, some inspiring new design combined with that old world English charm, the Connaught is the first on the list. Screen Shot 2015-08-14 at 8.56.54 am Screen Shot 2015-08-14 at 8.57.01 am Screen Shot 2015-08-14 at 8.57.12 am   By Blainey North Blainey-North-Logo  



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