Friday, 2 March 2012 9:35 AM
Packed with attractions, London is an exciting choice for a getaway – but if you're planning a particularly luxurious break, make sure you book a room at one of London's fabulous grand hotels. Read our guide to discover some of the top options.
The UK's capital is well known for its opulent hotels, from the world-famous grand establishments to London's boutique hotels, which offer a combination of unique surroundings and luxury. So, which rank among the city's best grand hotels?
Offering four-star luxury and a fantastic location, The Cumberland hotel is certainly an option well worth considering. Boasting a central location close to Hyde Park, this vast hotel comprises approximately 1,000 rooms all offering the utmost luxury and comfort.
With an impressive contemporary decor, the hotel gives its visitors the chance to choose from a wide array of rooms designed to cater for different needs. Rooms with disabled access, self-contained apartments and family rooms are just some of the options guests can pick from.
Perhaps one of the most attractive points about this hotel, however, is its impressive selection of restaurants and bars. Foodies will be particularly intrigued to hear of the establishment's relationship with chef Gary Rhodes, which has led to it housing two of his eateries – Rhodes W1 and the Rhodes W1 Brasserie, the latter offering slightly less formal dining.
Accompanying these restaurants is an array of bars, including the family-friendly Kua Bar & Lounge and the ultra-trendy, designer-industrial themed Carbon Bar.
Situated on prestigious Park Lane, The Dorchester offers the ultimate in opulence. This five-star establishment is one of the finest grand hotels in London and many of its rooms provide fantastic views out over the beautiful Hyde Park, or the hotel's own landscaped terraces.
Boasting an excellent selection of rooms and suites – including it famous roof suites – it offers luxurious furnishings, spacious bathrooms and award-winning restaurants and bars. Indeed, this is another establishment certain to appeal to gastronomes, with fine food from around the world.
Eat at Alain Ducasse, for example, and you can indulge in contemporary French cuisine, while you can dine on classic British fare by visiting The Grill. For an authentic experience of Cantonese cooking, make your way to China Tang, which also hosts live jazz and serves an array of tempting cocktails.
Gastronomy is not the only way to indulge at the Dorchester, however. Its spa offers a selection of pampering treatments, while its Spatisserie area prepares light lunches and delicious small delicacies to complete your relaxing experience.
Thistle Marble Arch
If you're eager to be close to the bustling shopping district Oxford Street, the Thistle Marble Arch is an excellent choice. Boasting a fantastic central location, this Art Deco-style establishment is family-friendly and one of the few large hotels in the Oxford Street area.
You can choose between a fabulous range of rooms, the facilities of which can include luxurious additions such as vibrating pillows, queen-size beds and flat-screen TVs, to name but a few. Meanwhile, all guests enjoy gym access, while there are two excellent eateries to choose from onsite.
Wherever you choose to stay, London's grand hotels offer an endlessly attractive combination of beautiful decor, luxury and incredible facilities, making them the ideal option for the ultimate indulgent getaway.