The May Fair, London – Hotel Review
When it comes to London I’ve stayed in a number of hotels varying from the absolutely horrid (flashbacks to 1970s England from my childhood visit) to the sublime and everything in between, so I was excited at the prospect of staying at the May Fair Hotel on a recent visit. Situated in the Mayfair district, you couldn’t ask for a better location. With the Green Park tube station around the corner from the hotel you can connect with the Piccadilly, Jubilee and Victoria lines and get pretty much anywhere in central London without much ado.
A quick note on getting there: anyone who takes a cab from London Heathrow (or Gatwick as well) into London proper either has money to burn or a very fat expense account. The Heathrow Express is totally the way to go. Splurge for first class if you have to, but it’s the fastest, most economical way to get in from the airport. If you’re light on luggage you can take the Piccadilly line straight to the Green Park tube station.
Upon arrival I was upgraded to a Deluxe room – which is slightly larger than their regular Superior rooms. After a nearly 10 hour flight from California the most important thing I was thinking about after a busy afternoon was getting a decent night’s sleep. The room features a very comfortable king-size bed with luxury linens and double paned windows, so while London moves around outside it’s absolutely silent inside.
The bathroom was fantastic – appointed in Sicilian marble – and included both an enormous tub and separate shower. I also appreciated the hotel’s interest in being environmentally friendly by offering bath products in large containers. My only complaint might have been that the shower doors don’t reach completely to the floor so I was always concerned I would flood the bathroom floor…but I didn’t.
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In addition to the plush furnishings the room also had a comfortable, ergonomic work space where I could easily get online while enjoying a lovely view outside my window. Getting on the May Fair’s Wi-Fi, which is complimentary I should mention, was supremely easy – no passcode needed – and I never had a problem with my connection. The hotel also features a small business center, though the PCs are a bit on the antiquated side, where I could print out documents at no charge.
A full English Breakfast was included as part of my reservation, but I couldn’t fathom eating that much food first thing in the morning. Luckily I had other options – I could order a la carte at the May Fair Bar or order room service (for which there was an extra charge). My second morning I opted for room service, and put in the call just before I went to bed. I asked for delivery at 10AM and at 9:50 had a knock on my door. My egg white omelette was cooked perfectly.
In the evenings, the May Fair Bar is worth a visit if only for the great people watching. It was recently judged the ‘Best Hotel Bar in London’ by readers of the Guardian and London Lite, and it’s not uncommon to spot footballers (English soccer players) and other celebrities hanging out. They offer gourmet bar food and bespoke cocktails; indeed there I had one of the best Pimm’s cocktails ever.
The May Fair offers that hotel experience that combines the best of modern amenities and conveniences with classic décor and comfortable furnishings. The customer service was fantastic between the call I received after I checked in to make sure I was happy with the room, to the helpful concierge who pointed out the nearby M&S Food where I could buy flowers. The May Fair’s location too – steps from Piccadilly and the Ritz Hotel and Fortnum and Masons (for a spot of afternoon tea instead of an espresso) – and fantastic shopping too, balances out the usual rush of a business trip. If I have any regrets it is that I didn’t have time to try their spa. I’m looking forward to returning.
The May Fair
London W1J 8LT England