33 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London W1S 4BP
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An invitation to stay at Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair, Central London shouldn't go amiss as this truly is - a classy place in which to drink, dine and sleep in the heart of London’s West End.
Situated on Albemarle Street, a stone’s throw from the glamorous shops of Bond Street, Browns is a hidden gem amongst the hustle and bustle of tourists and shoppers outside.
Browns is a classically British hotel, first opened in 1837. Now run by Sir Rocco Forte since 2003 and with the help of his sister Olga Polizzi, Browns has been refurbished and redesigned for a more contemporary feel and now caters for our ever-growing expectations and whims of what a London hotel should now be in the millennium- a hot spot infused with sophistication.
A warm greeting by a friendly doorman got my visit off to a good start upon entering the hotel after a long day’s shopping. A professional reception staff took my details, explained the facilities and showed me my room which was immaculate in presentation. An equal mix of simple, fresh modernity and an old-world historical feel, made me feel instantly cozy and glamorous all at once. The bathroom was generous and luxurious with a shower and bath that made my choice difficult, as both were inviting. The bed looked and felt pristine and flat TV screens added the techno-chic look.
Be sure to stop and indulge in the quintessentially British tradition of teatime. There is no better place to drink tea other than where Queen Victoria and Winston Churchill used to- at the English Tea Room at Browns. You can sit in the wood paneled room with striking fireplaces and chose your tea, scones and sandwiches from a wide selection on offer. Work off your afternoon’s delights by visiting the gym and spa for a well-deserved treatment and maybe a step or twenty on the treadmill. Only then will you have realized that staying at Browns was really like a small vacation away, but in London.
Cocktail hour was spent at the jazzy and fully-stocked Donovan Bar where British photographer, Terence Donovan’s iconic 1950’s fashionable black and white prints adorned the walls. Live jazz in the latter part of the evening made it a nice and relaxing evening out.
The newly-named The Albemarle restaurant, formerly called The Grill is a dining experience not to be missed in the hotel. Under the gastronomic eye and talent of well-known Food Director, Mark Hix and Exec Chef Lee Streeton of Daphne’s Restaurant fame, the restaurant specializes in British cooking. The hotel is also famed for having London’s first restaurant in a hotel as guests used to exclusively dine in their suites. So dining becomes a historical experience as well as a culinary one!
The hotel was a rejuvenating experience and had a ‘home away from home feel’ which made it all the more relaxing and enjoyable. I would truly recommend it for the sophisticated traveler. I slept soundly and comfortably and by the next day wished I didn't have to leave.
The hotel has a lot to offer its guests by way of comfortable yet stylish accommodation, excellent food, a fully-equipped spa and gym, fashionable bar, superb location to some of the best shopping in London whilst making guests feel that this is their second home.