I stayed at The Wellesley in July 2014 for two nights and, based on that experience, was wowed. On check-in, my wife and I were asked if we would like to upgrade to a suite for a nominal fee. We accepted, and in doing so, transformed our experience.
The staff: we arrived fairly early from Dublin (where we had stayed the previous several days) and were rushing to Nottinham for a family event. The staff was very accommodating, allowing us early check-in to our room and giving us the option of morning tea (though we were not told that we would be charged for the tea). Our butler was amazing; on our return from Nottingham late that night, our luggage was unpacked and neatly placed on the shelves (I was just glad that my dirty laundry was in a separate, clearly identified area). She was also instrumental in getting our formal clothes ready in record time - this more than helped us to overlook the tea incident. As an icing to an incredible staff experience, we were also given a courtesy ride to Novikov (to have dinner with friends) in The Wellesley's Rolls-Royce house car - I beamed.
The room: we were given the Ella Fitzgerald suite (so I am unable to comment on the standard room). The room was amazing, and I was almost overwhelmed by the attention to detail and luxury that it exuded. The bathroom presentation was exquisite (Hermes toiletries and heated flooring helps in this regard) and the bed was fairly comfortable.
I wish we had more time to spend at the Wellesley, but home beckoned and we had to bid adieu. It will remain one of my top choices for hotels in London for my next visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- London's finest boutique-grand hotel, The Wellesley offer contemporary luxury, Art Deco glamour and uncompromising service in London's Knightsbridge. Each of the 36 suites and bedrooms is 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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- Also Known As:
- The Wellesley London, England