In UK, there are no official bodies to rate hotels. The accepted bodies for rating are the AA (RAC too, in the past) and the English Tourist Board. The ETB have recently changed their criteria to match that of the AA to provide consistency. Many hotels are self rated. The following is a list of five-star hotels in London.
|22 Jermyn Street||St. James”s||22||townhouse hotel; owned by Togna family since 1915|
|41 Hotel||Westminster||20||boutique hotel|
|45 Park Lane||Mayfair||46||Sister hotel to The Dorchester due to open in 2011|
|Andaz Liverpool Street||City of London||267||Victorian railway hotel built as Great Eastern Hotel; reopened 2000|
|The Athenaeum Hotel and Apartments||Mayfair||123||modern|
|Baglioni Hotel||South Kensington||67||occupies a group of Victorian houses|
|The Bentley London||South Kensington||64||occupies Victorian buildings|
|The Berkeley||Belgravia||214||modern building; opened 1972. Roof top pool.|
|Blakes Hotel||South Kensington||51||occupies a group of Victorian houses|
|Brown”s Hotel||Mayfair||117||occupies eleven townhouses|
|Carlton Tower Hotel||Knightsbridge||220||modern|
|Chancery Court Hotel||Holborn||356||opened in the 1990s in a grand 1914 office building|
|Charlotte Street Hotel||Fitzrovia||52|
|Claridge”s||Mayfair||203||London”s most aristocratic hotel; founded 1812 and rebuilt 1898 Art Deco.|
|The Connaught||Mayfair||121||traditional grand hotel|
|Courthouse Hotel||Soho||116||occupies a classical former magistrates court|
|Covent Garden Hotel||Covent Garden||58||English country house style|
|Dorchester Hotel||Mayfair||238||opened 1931; art deco exterior and “Georgian country house” rooms|
|Draycott Hotel||Chelsea||35||occupies three 1890s houses|
|Four Seasons Hotel London at Canary Wharf||Canary Wharf||142||opened c. 2001|
|Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane||Mayfair||220||built in 1970 as the Inn on the Park|
|Franklin Hotel||Knightsbridge||50||opened 1992 in four Victorian houses; English country house style|
|Goring Hotel||Victoria||74||built 1910; traditional English style|
|Grange City Hotel||City of London||307||opened this century, near to Tower of London|
|Grange Holborn Hotel||Holborn||200||opened in a new building in the late 1990s|
|Grange St Pauls Hotel||St Pauls||433||opened in 2010|
|Grosvenor House Hotel||Mayfair||494||built 1928; most rooms of any central London 5-star hotel|
|InterContinental London Park Lane Hotel||Mayfair||447||modern|
|The Landmark London||Marylebone Road||299||Victorian grand hotel; opened in 1899 as a railway hotel|
|Lanesborough Hotel||Knightsbridge||95||grand hotel opened in 1991 in converted 19th century hospital.|
|Langham Hotel||Marylebone||429||London”s largest hotel when it opened in 1865|
|Le Meridien Hotel Piccadilly||Mayfair||266||traditional grand hotel|
|The London Hilton on Park Lane||Mayfair||450||modern; London”s tallest hotel|
|Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London||Knightsbridge||200|
|Marriott County Hall Hotel||South Bank||200||occupies part of the neo-baroque London County Hall.|
|Marriott Grand Residence||Mayfair||49||built 1926|
|Marriott London Grosvenor Square||Mayfair||221||early 20th century neo-Georgian|
|Marriott London Park Lane||Mayfair||157||built as apartments in 1919|
|Marriott West India Quay||Canary Wharf||348||built 2004; 301 rooms and 47 apartments|
|The May Fair||Mayfair||406||eclectic-luxury design|
|Millennium Hotel Mayfair||Mayfair||348||early 20th century neo-Georgian|
|The Montcalm Hotel||Great Cumberland Place||153||5 Star Hotel|
|One Aldwych||The Strand||105||early 21st century interiors in an early 20th century neo-baroque office building|
|Park Lane Hotel (Sheraton)||Mayfair||307||traditional grand hotel|
|Park Grand Hotel||Paddington||157||4 Star Hotel|
|Plaza On The River Club And Residence||Lambeth||66|
|Radisson Edwardian Hampshire Hotel||Leicester Square||124||English country house style|
|Radisson Edwardian Heathrow Hotel||Heathrow||459||modern|
|Rafayel on the Left Bank||Battersea||65||London”s first eco-friendly 5-star boutique hotel on the south side of the river next to London heliport;|
|Ritz Hotel||St. James”s||133||opened 1906; French chateau style building; possibly the most famous hotel in the world and synonymous with Afternoon Tea.|
|Royal Garden Hotel||Kensington||398||modern|
|Sanderson Hotel||Fitzrovia||150||Ian Schrager minimalist hotel|
|San Domenico Hotel||Chelsea||22||occupies some Victorian houses|
|Savoy Hotel||The Strand||207||traditional grand hotel; opened 1889 – first in London with en suite bathroom to all rooms. Closed in December 2007 for £100 million refurbishment. Opening 2010.|
|Sheraton Park Tower Hotel||Knightsbridge||181||modern|
|Sheraton Skyline Hotel at London Heathrow||Heathrow||350||Modern Style|
|Sofitel St. James||St. James”s||186||opened c.2000 in a grand classical former bank headquarters|
|Stafford Hotel||St. James”s||80||English country house style|
|St Martins Lane Hotel||Covent Garden||204||1990s Philippe Starck minimalism in a 1960s office block|
|St. Pancras Renaissance||Kings Cross||245||The Former Midland Grand Hotel|
|Threadneedles City Boutique Hotel||City of London||69||occupies a banking hall built in 1865|
|The Montcalm at Brewery London City||City of London||235|
|Trafalgar Hilton||Trafalgar Square||129||opened 2001; contemporary building behind a retained facade|
|Waldorf Hilton||near The Strand||303||grand hotel built in 1908;|
|Wyndham Grand Chelsea Harbour||Chelsea||160||modern; overlooks the marina at Chelsea Harbour|
Other notable hotels
- One of the more unusual hotels was the Sunborn Yacht, a floating hotel by the Excel centre in East London and constructed specifically for that purpose (it had no engine). The yacht was sold to the Lagos government to be replaced with a larger yacht at the same berth.
- The 3 star 1,630 bedroom Royal National Hotel in Bloomsbury is the largest hotel in the United Kingdom by number of rooms, with 1,271.
- The Hilton London Metropole in Paddington is the largest 4-star hotel in London and the United Kingdom. It has 1,058 bedrooms and extensive conference facilities.
- The Russell Hotel in Russell Square, Bloomsbury, which dates from 1898, has one of the grandest exteriors of any London hotel, but it is rated 4-star.
- The Guoman Tower Hotel (formerly Thistle) near Tower Bridge is one of the largest hotels in London with over 800 bedrooms, and is regarded by some as one of the ugliest and most insensitively located brutalist buildings in the city. However others find its location by St Katharine Docks and the Tower of London as quite relaxing and scenic.
- In 2005, planning permission was granted for the creation of a new hotel at St Pancras railway station. This will incorporate parts of the former Midland Grand Hotel, probably the most spectacular hotel building ever constructed in London, which operated from 1873 to 1935.
- The Regent Palace Hotel, which was located on the northern side of Piccadilly Circus, closed in December 2006. Notable as having been Europe”s largest hotel in terms of rooms numbers (1028) when it opened on May 16, 1915.
- worlds largest floating hotel will arrive in London in 2012.
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