Hotels Near Claridge's, UK

by Ellen Falconetti

The landmark luxury hotel Claridge's is in the heart of Mayfair, close to the exclusive designer shops and jewelers of Bond Street. Just a few blocks away, Grosvenor Square, dominated by the U.S. Embassy, is surrounded by more smart hotels serving a clientele attracted to this discreet and exclusive London neighborhood.

The Westbury

When it opened in 1955, the Westbury became the first American-owned five-star hotel in London. Since then, this luxury hotel on Bond Street has attracted celebrities, royals, pop stars and. heads of state. Despite its glitterati clientele, the Westbury is low-key and low on flash. The 246 guest rooms and 20 suites are chic, modern and tastefully elegant. All rooms have down duvets and pillows and twice-daily housekeeping services. Suites have butler services and Hermes toiletries.

Marriott London Grosvenor Square

The Marriott London Grosvenor Square is around the corner from the U.S. Embassy and close to both the department store shopping of Oxford Street and the exclusive designer shops of Mayfair. Its 225 rooms and 12 suites are arranged over six floors of what had been a grand Mayfair townhouse. The hotel has eight garden suites with balconies and access to a private courtyard garden. The hotel's ballroom, with facilities for up to 1,000 guests, almost always is busy.

The May Fair Hotel

London's Mayfair district took its name from a two-week fair held during the 17th and 18th centuries and noted for games of chance and raucous behavior. That gaming tradition is maintained in a scattering of private casinos and gambling clubs around Mayfair's affluent, elegant precincts. One of the largest gaming rooms in London, the Palm Beach Casino, fills the former ballroom of this luxury hotel on Stratton Street. All guests staying at the May Fair can play American roulette, blackjack, punto banco, three-card poker and other games until 6 a.m. every day. The Gold Room VIP casino is available for guests who prefer to gamble privately.

Millennium London Mayfair

The Millennium in Mayfair is in Grosvenor Square, diagonally across from the U.S. Embassy. The hotel occupies an 18th century mansion and most rooms overlook the square that has been a diplomatic focus for Americans since Gen. Eisenhower had his World War II headquarters here. The hotel charges an extra fee for a guaranteed view of the square. Rooms are traditionally furnished. The deluxe category can accommodate three with room for a rollaway child's bed.

About the Author

Ellen Falconetti has written professionally since 1981. Her work has appeared in major newspapers in England and the U.S.A. as well as on a variety of websites and mobile media. Falconetti specializes in travel, lifestyle, telecoms and technology. She has Bachelor of Science in speech and journalism from Syracuse University and a master's degree in creative writing from a British university.