The London Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel: Historic luxury in the heart of the city

One of the most prestigious and superior four-star hotels in London, The Chesterfield Mayfair, is a perfect melange. The gorgeous boutique hotel resides in an exclusive neighborhood in the heart of the Mayfair district, located on historic Charles Street. In addition, it is only a few minutes' walk to iconic attractions, such as Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace. For superb shopping, Bond, Oxford, Piccadilly and Regent Streets are all within walking distance as well.

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London, England's avant-garde fashions, architecture and energetic bustle is captivating. Yet, the city never appears at odds with its own historic character. Wherever you look in Central London, you'll find the historic and modern seamlessly intertwined. In fact, travelers from around the globe flock to the city for this unique quality. As a result, visitors who stay in the city often prefer quintessentially British hotels; but desire contemporary amenities, service and convenience.

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The Chesterfield's understated exterior is in accord with the upscale area that originated in 1750. Once owned by wealthy, aristocratic and notable personalities, the three separate residences of 34-36 (now the hotel) mark an interesting history. In 1943, the residences were then joined and annexed for the English Speaking Union. It wasn't until 1973 that the fabulous Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel opened its doors to become of London's most desired hotels.

Once you step inside the hotel's lobby, the sophistication of classic, British chic surrounds you. Traditional, dark-wood decor and beautiful, period furniture accent Ionic columns and marble floors. With this stylish ambience, the hotel conveys a real sense of place. The attention to detail is impeccable and the atmosphere of relaxed elegance imparts a feeling that you're home. This is in part due to the brilliant and friendly hotel staff that is renowned for their gracious service throughout London.

The relaxed atmosphere also extends to the lovely and individual room decor. With rooms, suites and executive suites, guests and business travelers are afforded an excellent variety of unique style choices. For instance, the Music Room spoils with a four-poster wrought-iron canopy bed outfitted with blissfully soft linens. The room emphasizes its theme with a glass display cabinet featuring an antique violin and musical accouterments. Mozart himself would have reveled in the stunning, stone and tiled bathroom. The sheet music ornamented walls, enclosed claw foot tub with European rain shower, lush monogrammed towels and regal vanity is paradise.

If you stroll through the first floor of the Chesterfield, you'll find the Library, Terrace bar, Conservatory and Butler's Restaurant. The Library's masculine British decor is an alluring enclave of floor-to-ceiling wood paneling and smart furniture. It is the perfect place to sink into the comfortable leather couches and enjoy a good book or cup of tea. For a hearty and delicious English breakfast with international flair, you'll love Butler's Restaurant. The cozy setting imbues an imitate feel with soft lighting and warm tones that is especially desirable in the morning and evening. However, the light and airy elegance of the conservatory, where Afternoon Tea is served, is the absolute jewel of the hotel's public rooms.

A member of the prestigious Tea Guild, the Chesterfield is dedicated to serving the finest tea! Their award-wining afternoon tea, served on crisp, linen-clad tables with a lovely backdrop of verdant garden and fountain setting, is the ideal atmosphere for a leisurely chat and indulgent afternoon. Your three-tiered cake stand, filled with luscious scones, clotted cream, dainty cakes and pastries will delight even the most discerning afternoon tea enthusiast.

The Chesterfield Mayfair, part of the elite Red Carnation Hotels, is truly a romantic, captivating and inspiring establishment. With outstanding service, numerous awards and accolades, it is no surprise the hotel has garnered a devoted global clientele.

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Patrice Raplee
is an experienced travel photojournalist and editor of Travel Excursion and Seattle Spotlight for Positively Entertainment magazine. In addition, she writes a monthly travel column for the award-wining site and is a regular contributor on travel radio shows. She is a member of North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA), International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) and the Recording Academy. Her articles and photographs have appeared in numerous international publications, as well as NW newspapers such as the Seattle Times, the Stranger and Seattle Weekly. Patrice travels the globe to cover destinations that feature fascinating culture, art, culinary, history and soft adventure.

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Published: March 6th, 2014

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