We had wanted to stay at Brown's for a number of years and in particular to have their much praised afternoon tea. My wife' special birthday gave us the excuse to book. Having made the booking we then angst a little on what to wear for afternoon tea and a dinner in Hix Mayfair, and weren't sure if we were going to feel underdressed or out of place. We needn't have worried on both counts as there was a mix of casual and smart dress and from the moment we arrived and jumped out of our cab all the staff were most welcoming and from the start made us feel at home.
Afternoon tea was the quintessential English experience that other reviews have summed up so well. Service was attentive and informative and an afternoon of gentle enjoyment of teas, sandwiches and fine cakes is not to be missed.
Our room was a Classic type which was well furnished with the bathroom being especially well appointed and most importantly for an inside room very light. Although the rooms window looked out onto the backs of other rooms over a courtyard we didn't miss a street view because the room was so quiet. In fact we had the best nights sleep ever in a hotel, which is not often the case simply because you are in different surroundings.
We enjoyed breakfast in our room delivered by a very efficient and charming lady who apart from making sure our breakfast was ok took an interest in us as people.
Needles to say we enjoyed the cocktail offerings in Donovans which was quiet some nights then busier during the week. Only comment here was that the waitress was a little too keen to see that our glasses were replenished.
We dined in Hix one night and again the staff were very attentive and helpful and most importantly made us feel at ease. The food was very good, my wife saying that her lamb chops were the best she had ever had.
Perhaps one moment summed up our stay, when leaving and waiting for a taxi as it was a hot day the concierge without prompt offered my wife a bottle of chilled water for our journey.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in London’s most exclusive borough, Brown’s Hotel is a microcosm of chic, modern and arty Mayfair making it the ideal base for luxury travellers. Contemporary design and an eclectic collection of works by leading artists including Tracy Emin, Rankin and Bridget Riley combine to give Brown’s its inimitable style and a charismatic air that brings guests back time and time again. Each of the 115 rooms at Brown’s strike a perfect balance between style and sophistication, with elegant fabrics and furnishings offset by flashes of colour. Whether guests wish to celebrate over a decadent afternoon spent in The English Tea Room, meet for cocktails in the naughty corner of The Donovan Bar surrounded by Terence Donovan’s cheekier shots or relax in the exclusive banquettes of HIX Mayfair, Brown’s Hotel is the definitive destination to sip and savour. Also within the hotel is an intimate spa sanctuary; a place to unwind and re-centre with treatments aimed at nurturing body and mind alike. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Browns Hotel London
- Brown's Hotel London, England