Jumeirah Carlton Tower, London, England – Hotel Review

The view from the author's room

By Jonathan Spira on 2 September 2014
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In hotels, size really does matter, as does location. When the Jumeirah Carlton Tower opened a little over 50 years ago, it was the tallest building in London. Today, while multiple buildings have claimed the “tallest building” title over the past half decade, the appeal of its location on Cadogan Place next to Sloane Street in the center of Knightsbridge near all the best shops is undeniable.

I arrived in London on a somewhat overcast morning after an overnight flight on Virgin Atlantic from New York. Not to worry, the hotel knew I was coming and a driver from the hotel was waiting for me in Terminal 3.

Traffic was light (I didn’t realize the extent to which the hotel’s connections would extend) and I was warmly greeted by the doorman as I exited the hotel’s Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan. The car had been outfitted with moist towelettes, cold water, candy, and a copy of Jumeirah’s magazine. It was a fitting start to my stay.


Within moments, I was checked in and escorted to my room.


The room, a Luxury Suite, was quite large at 673 square feet (63 square meters). Located on one of the highest floors of the hotel, it provided prime views of the city. The suite, divided into three parts: the bedroom, a central area with a small dining table and a desk, and the living room was elegantly decorated with gold and purple accents on a mostly tan interior. It had a soft king-size bed with soft linens and pillows. I put my head on the pillow and the next thing I knew, I was waking up quite well-rested and ready for the challenges the day would bring.

The bathroom had a large dressing area and that’s where the closets were located. The nearby window made it easy to choose what I was going to wear with natural daylight. The bath area itself was equipped with a very large soaking tub, a stall shower, and twin sinks with more counter space than anyone would ever need. Towels were very soft and fluffy, as were the robes.

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