Five star standards & facilities, without the price tag
There’s often little to choose between the best four star London hotels and some of those in the five star bracket – both in terms of price and facilities.
Some of the most highly rated four star London hotels are listed below, ranging from modern business hotels, to converted townhouses, to grand old buildings.
St Ermin’s Hotel
Address: 2 Caxton Street, SW1
Tube: St James’s Park
Size: 331 rooms & suites
Originally a block of grand private apartments, St Ermin’s was converted into a hotel in 1900. Its location in St James’s, at the heart of the London establishment, makes it convenient for the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben.
The dramatic foyer has curved staircases, balconies and open fireplaces, and the building also has its place in 20th-century history: during World War II, Churchill and his team planned covert operations within its walls.
The Rubens at the Palace
Address: 39 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1
Size: 161 rooms & suites
The Rubens at the Palace combines the magnificence and splendor of a bygone era (it opened in 1911) with all the latest modern comforts and technology. The building oozes aristocratic grandeur, with chandeliers, rich decor, and a staff that is both discreet and attentive.
It’s just down the road from Buckingham Palace and a short walk from both Westminster Abbey and Victoria Station. Some rooms even have views over the Royal Mews from which you can watch the comings and goings of the guardsmen.
The Cavendish, London
Address: 81 Jermyn Street, SW1
Tube: Green Park
Size: 230 rooms & suites
Four star London hotels don’t come more centrally located than The Cavendish – on prestigious Jermyn Street, in the heart of Mayfair, within walking distance of all the best-known attractions, a stone’s throw from theatreland, surrounded by shops, bars, restaurants and cafes.
Jermyn Street, with its traditional shops, still has the air of elegance and exclusivity for which it has been known for over 300 years. And Fortnum & Mason, which serves some of the best afternoon teas in London, is just across the road.
Apex London Wall
Address: 7-9 Copthall Avenue, EC2
Size: 89 rooms & suites
The Apex London Wall, a modern business hotel tucked away down a quiet street, is at the center of London’s financial and business district, which means it’s very quiet after hours and at weekends. There are still plenty of interesting things in the area, however: local landmarks include St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London, and Spitalfields Market is nearby.
London City Airport is directly accessible via the DLR from nearby Bank station (you can get door to door in about half an hour) and Liverpool Street Station, also within walking distance, has connections to Stansted Airport.
Address: Half Moon Street, W1
Tube: Green Park
Size: 129 rooms & suites
Situated in one of London’s most exclusive neighborhoods, on the whimsically named Half Moon Street, just off Piccadilly, Flemings Mayfair comprises a row of elegant Georgian townhouses.
A few minutes’ walk will bring you to Green Park tube station, which has a direct connection to Heathrow Airport on the Piccadilly line, or to the characterful pedestrianized enclave of Shepherd Market, which has some great restaurants.
Montague on the Gardens
Address: 15 Montague Street, W1
Tube: Russell Square
Size: 100 rooms & suites
The Montague on the Gardens is situated in Bloomsbury, famous as the haunt of London’s literary set and home to the British Museum. It’s a peaceful enclave of Georgian elegance, close to, and yet somehow removed from, the frenetic pace of central London.
The hotel is beautifully decorated with antiques and is one of the few four star London hotels to be able to boast a tranquil private garden at the rear, giving it the ambience of a home away from home.
Regarding booking and prices, you can ask managers of the hotels by phone or e-mail.