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The Berkeley
Ranked #67 of 1,075 Hotels in London
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 9, 2013

Ten of us had the Fashionista Tea to celebrate a family birthday. The staff were excellent and courteous serving us all with trained efficiency. The stunningly made cakes were a complete joy and very cleverly executed with both humour and expertise. However, the sandwiches were mainly dry and sparsely filled and frankly, rather disappointing.

The afternoon tea nevertheless was one of elegance and charm and although the 'meanly' filled sandwiches let it down somewhat, we all enjoyed chatting about how amazing the pastry chef had been.

I would certainly recommend it for the whole experience which was one of true English class and style.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 7, 2013

My wife and I have stayed here both for pleasure, and her often for business. The Berkeley is an outstanding hotel. The quality of the service, the environment, attention to detail, are all what one would expect and demand from a hotel of this standard and reputation. The location in Knightsbridge is particularly good for holiday guests. Would not hesitate to recommend the Berkeley, along with other traditionally excellent London hotels such as the Ritz, The Dukes, and the Dorchester. it really depends upon the style one most appreciates, but in any event, the Berkeley delivers on promises and expectations.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

A group of us came to the Berkeley at Christmas time for the Fashionista Afternoon Tea. The service was excellent and the staff were so friendly. The barman in the Blue Bar were equally as good and we will be coming back again.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

I have not stayed here, but it looks very wonderful. I did have the very fancy Fashionista Afternoon Tea. It was wonderful. Unlimited nibbles with a great selections of tea's.

Service was very nice. The finger sandwiches were lovely and the sweets were almost to cute to eat. I will say for one person, there is just too much to eat, but it was delightful, and they will wrap up the goodies in a cute little purse shaped to-go box.

All the desert items are inspired by current runway fashions, complete with a guide book to explain. The treats were mouth watering.

This is a true treat that I would suggest.

The hotel is very nice, so dress like you are going to a nice spot for lunch.

Room Tip: The sweets are very sweet, so make sure you are in the mood.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

Came here with Friends to visit the Shard on its opening weekend. Staff were excellent, attentive, formal yet relaxed. Our room was lovely with a nice view and a balcony, our friends had a decent view from their room too; but they also had a fancy Japanese toilet and all we had was a bidet :)

The look of the hotel is high decandent but without being tacky; exceptionally refined. I particularly liked the Marble Skirting boards. There was a beautiful flower display as you enter the hotel; stop and admire beautiful.

It was a splendid food experience at Marcus Wareing with the Tasting menu; indeed my palatte was pushed to new levels of appreciation; a pleasant experience which doesn't happen often. Afterward we carefully tiptoed through the Caramel room where a sea of attractive 25-35 year old women enjoyed their Afternoon Tea (Prêt-à-Portea); Hitchcock's "The Birds" springs to mind.

Later we enjoyed some cocktails in the Blue Bar. A bit knackered after the day it was nice to be talked to about cocktails as the enormous range of options was overwhelming. The Bar itself was very vibrant and clearly was the place to be; like somewhere trendy, popular and exclusive.

Lastly I savoured the Berkeley Club Sandwich which was brought to me in style by Room Service. My Wife had Toast, but it was far from plain. We'll be going back again, a Dream home away from home.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

After a recommendation, we came here to meet friends for a quick predinner drink on Friday 15 February, before dining locally at Petrus. The reception was cursory, and when we asked for a prosecco for one of our party, we were told by the female staff member, in a condescending manner, it was not available here. 3 guests had a glass of wine each, and the other 3 a simple cocktail. For our 6 drinks the bill came to £120!!!! . Outrageous, and our drinks were served with such a snooty attitude.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

the cakes are a little qwerky being in the shapes of shoes and clothes and it was a really nice afternoon. we both enjoyed it and the only reason we wouldn't visit this place again is so we can compare it with other hotels.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Wilton Place | Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RL, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Belgravia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#29 Spa Hotel in London
#48 Romantic Hotel in London
#64 Luxury Hotel in London
#65 Business Hotel in London
#78 Family Hotel in London
Price Range: $559 - $787 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Berkeley 5*
Number of rooms: 190
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Within our breathtaking collection of rooms and suites – which are amongst the most spacious in London – we have many with private garden terraces and quiet balconies. All our rooms and suites skilfully combine comfort, stylish design and the latest innovations, to meet the needs of the modern traveller. Marcus Wareing offers two Michelin-starred dining at his eponymous restaurant, Marcus, within The Berkeley; the stars come out for award-winning cocktails at the Blue Bar; and fashionistas join us for Pret-a-Portea, our catwalk-inspired afternoon tea served in the beautiful Collins Room. On the seventh floor of The Berkeley, our pool and luxury Bamford Haybarn Spa provide a calm retreat with views over the London skyline. The Berkeley is located at the edge of Hyde Park in fashionable Knightsbridge, a short walk from Harrods and Harvey Nichols. Behind the hotel sits the residential area of Belgravia: a charming enclave of Georgian terraces, cobblestone streets, independent shops and traditional pubs, which conveys the feeling of an English village. ... more   less 
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