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The Wellesley Knightsbridge, a Luxury Collection Hotel, London
Ranked #353 of 1,072 Hotels in London
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

Such a fabulous base for central London. Newly opened hotel still finding it's market but a real delight.Staff were excellent ; the service was exemplary. We ate in the restaurant ;very intimate,only ten tables- the food was stunning ! High end Italian .It was a shame the Jazz hasn't started yet but apparently next week . Great rates at present.

Room Tip: Worth paying for a suite , just to have bath and shower
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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AnnaStarkie, Director of Sales at The Wellesley Knightsbridge, a Luxury Collection Hotel, London, responded to this reviewResponded February 11, 2013

Dear lowsonfordllama,

Thank you for your fantastic feedback on The Wellesley and we very much appreciate you taking the time to share your experience of the hotel with your fellow travellers.

We have fed back your comments to our team about the service and also the food in the restaurant and they were delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time with us.

We look forward to welcoming you back and for you to experience the live jazz that we now have every Thursday, Friday & Saturday evening from 10pm in our Jazz Lounge.

Kind Regards

Anna Starkie
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

I chanced upon this hotel on one of my trips when trying to while away some time (or procrastinate) as I so commonly do these weekdays. Unsatisfied with the lacklustre experience at the Dorchester bar (which I can't really fault apart from the feeling that I get of being a social pariah by dining alone), I decided I wanted to find another place to waste time and squander money whilst reading about the world and having lunch along with drinking copious amounts of green tea, why does this have to be so difficult!

Thank God on that dreary late December 2012 afternoon I discovered 11 Knightsbridge, also now known as The Wellesley. Only just officially opened that day, I was thus lucky enough to be able to have it all to myself (at least so I thought I would the following day). After having a browse and sneak peek by the amazing staff, I cancelled my 4 consecutive bookings at the Dorchester and decided to give this hotel my full attention.

This dreamy hotel was first mentioned in 2010 as an aspirant to becoming London's first 6 star hotel. Its history is quite interesting indeed. Formerly a tube station serving and called "Hyde Park Corner station", built in 1906 by iconic architect Leslie Green (who's handiwork is still evident with the lovely ox blood red tiles as seen on the facade's ground floor level), it was put out of service as a tube station in the 1930s, Thereafter a townhouse was built atop. It's most famous residents (prior to it's stunning new tenants of course) was the Pizza on the Park, which yes was a posh version of Pizza Express, however the real action happened downstairs, which is where London's most iconic jazz and cabaret acts were conducted for nearly 30 years. Sadly they closed with the hotel's development in June 2010, however the hotel has a nightly jazz performance inside the aptly named "jazz room", which seems a nice gesture to the loss of that venue.

With a reported £36 million spent on its redevelopment, the owners have not left a stone untouched in creating a sumptuous place of pure luxury. Being two doors away from one of London's finest hotels, The Lanesborough, this "new kid" in the extremely well heeled Knightsbridge will have to work very hard to compete against this prestigious and graceful property. And work hard they did.

Being a 36 room hotel mainly comprising of suites (29 to be precise), it does have a small number of "normal" rooms, however this hotel is more about being decadent (and happily so). Its largest suite is located on the sixth floor (I can't be sure if it's on the fifth and sixth to be precise) and is arguably London's largest (and one of the most expensive) at that. Having looked online at the pictures and the in hotel brochure, I could only drool, as each room and suite was so beautifully appointed I wished I could stay here myself (sadly being a Londoner doesn't afford me that option - unless my house is under renovation, rendering it uninhabitable can I then make that excuse )

Inside it's super luxe, not usual on the London scene. Housing a stunning art deco corridor, marble galore as to be expected, it has one cosy restaurant called Oval which is absolutely gorgeous (with its approximately 28 covers). It also has London's largest bespoke humidor, with cigar prices starting from a nice £20 to an eye watering £2,000, and a crystal bar, very beautiful indeed. For me, its piece de resistance is an outside heated "cigar" lounge. I prefer to call it a lounge as I don't smoke but it didn't bother me if smokers did. There are two of these on either side of the entrance and again this is definitely a super luxurious experience, with lovely roaring fire, 4 teak chairs to a table (no booking ever required, how lovely). I came here and ate lunch and had green tea on many an afternoon, and it was so perfect.

You will notice the leather used on the chairs in the lounge, and to fashion the wall, is crocodile and ostrich skin respectively. Thankfully these are faux, and quite rightly so, I would hazard to think what it would cost to replace a damaged chair if it wasn't.

I was really hoping that I would refrain from writing a review about The Wellesley on Trip Advisor , but in the end I felt it would be a real disservice to Londoners if I didn't. It is one of London's true gems of a hotel, not many places have outdoor spaces that are private but still retain the hustle and bustle of London life (the roar of supercars and London's endless buses can be heard while you luxuriate in splendour).

One small problem I kindly request the management to address is the strong whiff of cigar/ cigarette odour and stale air in the lobby and adjoining interior areas caused by the two cigar lounges. I didn't notice this when I went again in mid Jan 2013, so it may have been fixed, but this needs to be put in order immediately, as having to passively smoke is not a luxurious experience at all, and not one that goes with the entire hotel ethos.

However, this is a brand new hotel, only been open for nearly a month, and I have full faith this will be addressed swiftly. I hope then that it does achieve its aim of becoming London's first (and maybe only) 6 star hotel.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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AnnaStarkie, Director of Sales at The Wellesley Knightsbridge, a Luxury Collection Hotel, London, responded to this reviewResponded February 11, 2013

Dear Safder A,

First of all, many thanks for your positive review on The Wellesley and we are delighted that our very first review on Trip Advisor was such a glowing one!

We very much appreciate the time that you took to review the hotel and to recommend all of our areas as you so eloquently did.

As a neighbour to the hotel and a resident of the Knightsbridge area, we very much look forward to welcoming you back to The Wellesley time and time again.

Kind Regards

Anna Starkie
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Stayed: June 2017, traveled with family
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Stayed: April 2017, traveled as a couple
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  • Stayed: March 2017, traveled as a couple
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  • Stayed: May 2016, traveled on business
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Address: 11 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LY, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Belgravia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#63 Spa Hotel in London
#67 Romantic Hotel in London
#112 Family Hotel in London
#115 Business Hotel in London
#250 Luxury Hotel in London
Price Range: $472 - $948 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Wellesley Knightsbridge, a Luxury Collection Hotel, London 5*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
London's finest boutique-grand hotel, The Wellesley Knightbsridge offer contemporary luxury, Art Deco glamour and uncompromising service. Each of the 36 suites and bedrooms are individually finished with sumptuous décor and amenities. The jewel in the crown is The Wellesley Penthouse, overlooking Hyde Park, which occupies the entire sixth and seventh floors. The Jazz Lounge echoes to the spirit of Cleo Laine, Amy Winehouse, George Melly, Mica Paris - legends who have graced this building in its past years. The Crystal Bar and Oval Restaurant celebrate the 1920s glamour and style. The elegance of the décor, the sounds and the ambience may recall another era. The warmth of the service, however, is beyond compare. It is based only on our own aspiration - which is to exceed your every experience. ... more   less 
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