Christmas in London and The Beaumont Hotel!
Last week we headed down to London for a pre-Christmas break and stayed at the newly opened Beaumont Hotel. The Beaumont featured in our blog a few weeks ago as a city break hotel we had high hopes for. This is primarily because it is owned by Corbin & King, the powerhouse team behind one of our favourite restaurants The Wolseley.
Corbin & King have been working together for over 30 years and have been behind the reinventions of Le Caprice, The Ivy, and J.Sheekey. After selling Caprice Holdings Limited they opened The Wolseley and then expanded their group to include other restaurants and cafés, such as the Delaunay. The Beaumont is their first hotel.
The first thing you will notice on arrival is the location of the hotel. You are steps away from Selfridges on Oxford Street...
We normally stay at the Connaught in Mayfair, which sits on the corner of the beautifully peaceful Carlos Place and Mount street. When we saw how close we were to Oxford Street we expected the rooms at the Beaumont to be noisier, like most London hotels, however the rooms are some of the quietest I have ever stayed in. We had a Mayfair view room that overlooked the front of the hotel and Brown Hart Gardens. As the roads around the front of the hotel only really lead to the hotel traffic was limited and so was the noise. It's very easy to enjoy a good nights sleep and a rest from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The building used to be Selfridges garages and only the front wall of the building remains the same, everything behind that has been rebuilt. Mr King was at the hotel regularly whilst we were there overseeing some final touches to the hotel. The art work around the hotel is from his personal collection. On arrival at the hotel the staff couldn't have been more helpful. As you would expect from a hotel of this standard our bags were immediately dealt with, the door held open and we were led straight through to reception, check in was very swift and mostly dealt with in our room.
The rooms are extremely well thought out, with good layout, lighting, windows and bathrooms. There is plenty of wardrobe space and a good area with dressing table. The rooms are a decent size compared to some city hotels and extemely comfortable. There is a nespresso machine in your room, as well as tea making facilities and complimentary snacks in the mini bar, which is a nice touch.
The American Bar is a great social meeting place. There is art work of old actors, actresses and musicians all around the walls of the room, the bar has comfy stools along the length of one wall and there are comfy tables to relax at. The bar has the feel of a New York city jazz bar from the 1920's. As the restaurant has become so popular, the bar is also often busy, although we rarely had a problem getting a seat.
The restaurant, The Colony Grill, offers all-day dining. Dinner consists of dishes typical of both London and New York and the staff were well trained and friendly. Breakfast is a real treat with many superb dishes.
Whilst we didn't use the hotel spa we did go down and have a look. The gym is open all hours, the spa is open 9am until 7pm and has a steam room, sauna and plunge pool set off a lovely relaxation area, where you can get treatments such as manicures and pedicures. There are also treatment rooms with a good selection of treatments on offer. There is also an on-site hairdressers which is by appointment and ran by Nicky Clarke's salon.
While all the staff we encountered at this hotel were excellent, there is one that deserves a special mention. Nigel, the head concierge, surely has to be one of the best concierges around, if not the best. His service was impeccable and he was always helpful. We had an important appointment to get to and the day before we asked how long the journey would take in a taxi. Nigel offered to have the complimentary hotel car and chauffeur ready to pick us up the next day. Nigel is very knowledgable and approachable and will be on hand to help you with anything you need during your stay.
The Beaumont is a fabulous new addition to the London hotel scene and we will most definitely be returning to stay again!
It wouldn't be a Christmas trip to London without a quick mention of the beautiful Christmas lights...
But our favourite Christmas decorations have to go to Cartier on Bond Street...