The world famous Ritz Hotel in London is a thoroughly English affair immediately bringing to mind images of gilded opulence and unbridled luxury where your every whim and need is catered for in the most elegant and relaxed of surroundings.
The Ritz will probably always be remembered for its bohemian heyday in the 1920’s evoking images of rich women in expensive ostrich feather gowns dancing the cha-cha overlooked by Gin sodden army colonels, who mutter to themselves until the small hours of the morning.
This five star hotel opened its doors to the public in 1906 and its reputation still precedes it. It’s spacious and airy rooms and suites are lovingly decorated in the classic style of Louis XVI ensuring maximum comfort and a stay to remember. There is a distinctive colour scheme of pinks, yellows, peaches and blues in the fabrics in the bedrooms, which are adorned with antique furniture and gold leaf.
There are two members of staff allocated to each guest room ensuring that you receive the highest quality service and that all your needs are satisfied. The rooms also offer a variety of modern facilities such as internet access, modem lines and cable television and of course, room service.
The Ritz hotel is excellently located in the heart of the West End with Hyde Park corner to one side and Piccadilly Circus on the other. The hotel also offers stunning views over Green Park. If shopping’s your thing, you’re in the perfect position here, close to all the fashionable boutiques of Regent Street, Bond Street, Burlington arcade and the famous bespoke tailors of Jermyn Street. If culture’s your thing, visit the nearby Royal Academy of Arts or Sotheby’s auction house or try the new contemporary art space Hauser and Wirth opposite the Royal Academy or the galleries on Cork Street. Alternatively Green Park tube station is only a minute’s walk away for other destinations in London.
When we think of The Ritz our minds often associate it with the famous afternoon teas which are served in the fabulously elegant Palm Court. Tea at the Ritz consists of a selection of various teas, freshly made scones with clotted cream, a range of fabulously light pastries and of course those famous cut cucumber sandwiches. There are two sittings a day 3.30pm and 5.30pm.
The Ritz Hotel also boasts one of the finest dining rooms in London, offering impeccable service and a range of classic and more contemporary dishes for an unparalleled dining experience and an evening that you’ll never forget. In the summer months you can dine outside on the private garden terrace.
If after all this you feel like you need a good work out, the hotel offers a range of facilities such as a spa and fitness centre.
Facilities: 133 rooms, cable TV, room service, internet access, mini-bar, full breakfast, laundry, barber, free newspapers, bar, restaurant, lounge, babysitting, safety deposit boxes, fitness centre, spa.
Address: 150 Piccadilly, London, W1V 9DG.
Nearest tube: Green Park.
Tel: 0207 493 8181.