Boutique Hotels in Westminster

by Mary Freeman
Westminster is within walking distance of some of London's most famous sites, like Big Ben.

Westminster is within walking distance of some of London's most famous sites, like Big Ben.

Big Ben image by Dani Dulfu from Fotolia.com

Westminster boutique hotels favor personalized attention over anything else. Unlike other design hotels, the Westminster crowd opts for quiet elegance over avant-garde décor. The calm and comfort these small hotels provide stand in stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of the area, which is in close proximity to most of London's major tourist destinations.

Ten Manchester Street

Ten Manchester Street's Hunters and Frankau humidor and all-weather cigar terrace may intrigue cigar lovers. The hotel offers a range of hand-rolled Havana-made cigars. Many of the boutique's 45 rooms come with garden terraces. Food is available all day at the Ten Lounge Bar, which also serves fine wines, spirits and cocktails.

The Cleveland

An unusual blend of boutique and apartment hotels, The Cleveland offers amenities you would expect from long-term lodging, with the personalized service of a boutique. The 30 studio apartments come with flat-screen television, full kitchenettes and kitchen utensils. The concierge provides 24-hour service, and special discounts are available for stays over 30 days.

The Levin and The Capital

David Levin, owner of the eponymous hotel, is also a vintner of Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc, which guests can enjoy at the hotel's brasserie, Le Metro. The Levin is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World Group. The 12-room hotel is next to Harrods, a famous department store. David Levin is also the proprietor of The Capitol, another nearby boutique hotel. Combine learning with your stay at this 50-room hotel with one of the hotel's two courses: a cocktail master class or jewelers master class. The hotel's restaurant was voted best in Knightsbridge by Zagat 2011, and also serves Levin wines.

The Arch London

The Arch's 82 individually designed rooms spread across seven Georgian townhouses and two mews homes. The décor reflects the neighborhood aesthetic with original artwork and wallpapers. Rain showers, granite finishes, and Malin and Goetz products are highlights of the en-suite bathrooms.

41

Personalized service is essential at 41, where staff outnumber guests two-to-one. Not only does the hotel take care of its guests' needs, it also pampers their pets -- the hotel has a designated pet concierge. At turndown, hotel staff add a touch of elegance to the room by placing floating candles in the bathtub and spraying lavender on guests' pillows. The boutique won TripAdvisor's Travellers Choice Award for 2009.

The Hempel

Zen minimalism inspired British designer Anouska Hempel's design at this five-star boutique. Rooms and suites are above the lobby, while the hotel's apartments are in the building adjacent to The Hempel. The establishment overlooks a Zen garden, also designed by Hempel.

The Milestone Hotel

In 2008, Travel and Leisure magazine rated The Milestone Hotel No. 1 in the world for service. Upon arrival, guests receive a complimentary glass of champagne, a personal tour of the hotel facilities and an offer to have their bags unpacked. The hotel also provides guests with 24-hour butler service and a chauffeured Bentley. Unlike many other boutique hotels, The Milestone is both pet- and child-friendly.

Montagu Place

Montagu Place is housed in a nationally registered historic Georgian townhouse. The hotel's 16 rooms come with Molton Brown toiletries; deluxe, pocket-sprung Hypnos beds; and an arrangement of black, fruit and herbal teas.

About the Author

Mary Freeman is a freelance writer. She has held several editorial positions at the print publication, "The Otter Realm." She traveled throughout Europe, which ultimately resulted in an impromptu move to London, where she stayed for eight months. This life experience inspired her to pursue travel writing. Freeman received a degree in human communication from California State University.

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