WESTBURY WONDER

Luxe checks in to The Westbury Hotel, a recently-revamped five-star sanctuary in London's buzzy Mayfair...
THE WESTBURY

Nestled in the heart of Mayfair – a fashionista paradise – The Westbury offers a level of luxury you can’t help but fall in love with.

Step out the door and you’re greeted with big brand hellos from the likes of Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Hermes on nearby Bond Street. Savile Row is also only a stone’s throw away – as is Regent Street, architecturally beautiful as ever.

In fact, the entire area is awash with high-end fashion and jewellery; duck down any of the side streets and you’re sure to find undiscovered names and hidden gems to explore.

The hotel, which has been given a marvellous makeover for 2017, boasts 225 rooms of which 64 are suites, each offering wood panelled entrances, Italian marbled bathrooms and personal touches to enchant even the most seasoned of travellers.

The results of its renovation are stunning – what a fine job they’ve done. The interior is tasteful, sumptuous and relaxing – and the service is top-notch.

From the moment you walk in, you’re greeted by impeccably polite porters, who guide you through to the lobby – and it’s there where you realise just how special this hotel is.

My acid test for any hotel is its staff; you can spend all the money in the world, but if you don’t get your representatives right, it may as well be money down the drain. They are the face and voice of the hotel.

Thankfully, The Westbury’s are a bunch of highly-trained, tentative (but not intrusive) individuals who are on hand to make your visit as fuss-free as possible. Check-in was seamless and my travel buddy and I were left as relaxed as ever in our suite before heading down for dinner.

We took a deluxe suite, which was very pleasing to the eye and extremely spacious; the king-sized bed and separate lounge area are ideal for those looking for a fancy, memorable stay.

When it comes to food, the hotel offers three restaurants; the Michelin-starred, 4 AA Rosette Alyn Williams at The Westbury for fine-dining, the intimate Tsukiii Sushi restaurant (known as ‘the hidden gem of Mayfair’ by guests and locals) and the multi-award winning Polo Bar, where we settled in for celebratory cocktails (it was my birthday after all).

Heady from a night of cocktail tasting, I was looking forward to breakfast, which ended up being an absolute treat to eat and watch. The service here is unrivalled – the restaurant maître d’ orchestrated the room effortlessly and made the whole dining experience a pleasure.

We spent an entire weekend at The Westbury and couldn’t fault a single thing, from the location and facilities, to the service, food and sumptuous accommodation. Everything was superb.

Alas, I didn’t get to dine at Alyn Williams at The Westbury on this occasion, but I suspect I’ll be back soon enough. Dish recommendations are welcome!


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