The Stafford, London
THE HOTEL: The Stafford is a hidden gem tucked away in the historical district of St James, just off Piccadilly and a short stroll from Green Park underground station. The property has 104 rooms and suites.
THE CHECK-IN: A welcoming and informal area was staffed by two friendly gentlemen who welcomed me to the property. I was swiftly checked-in and then shown to my room by one of the reception staff. My bags were already waiting for me in the suite.
THE ROOM: I was allocated a Mews Junior Suite at the rear of the property. The suite comprised a lounge space featuring a sofa, a table and chairs, coffee table and work desk. A minibar with complimentary soft drinks was provided, plus espresso coffee machine, safe and dressing table with writing material. There was a super kingsized bed in the room with a pillow menu that added to the luxury experience. The en-suite bathroom provided a bath tub, dual basins and walk-in rainforest shower. Bathroom amenities were by Floris.
THE BUSINESS: Free wifi access is available throughout the hotel. Four private dining rooms can be set up to host boardroom style meetings from eight people upwards. Each room can be adapted for various sized events – the largest space hosts up to 60 people for receptions. The wine cellars provide an alternative meeting venue. Events and dinners can take place here while guests sample some of the many great wines. The capacity for dinners is up to 44 people or slightly more for reception events.
THE FACILITIES: The Lyttelton restaurant is a wonderful setting, while the hotel’s famous American Bar is the perfect venue to taste one of the signature Stafford cocktails or enjoy lunch, dinner or a light bite.
THE VERDICT:The Stafford really is a hidden gem. My stay was incredibly relaxing and the staff were charming and attentive. The Wine Cellars are worth the visit alone – and make sure you ask to see the collection of World War Two memorabilia when you go.
THE DETAILS: The Stafford Hotel, St James’s Place, London, SW1A 1NJ. Prices start from £379 per room per night. The DDR is £85 per person and includes refreshments throughout the day, lunch and stationery, including VAT. Tel 0207 493 0111; or see www.thestaffordlondon.com
Reviewed by David Clare (2015)