The Westbury, Mayfair-London, England – Hotel Review

The Westbury's lobby.

By Jonathan Spira on 6 February 2018
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My first stay at the Westbury was when I was 17. It was a memorable one but, for no particular reason, I hadn’t had the opportunity to return to the Westbury until recently.

Back then, my parents, brother, and I had been walked from a heavily overbooked Churchill, and a London taxi brought us to the serene and supremely elegant Westbury, where the first suite we were shown was so nice that my parents opted for it on the spot, unaware that my brother and I would then be accommodated in an even larger and more grand suite down the hall.

The first Westbury was in New York, opened by the Phipps family, which also owned the Old Westbury Gardens estate on Long Island. The Mayfair outpost opened its doors to guests in 1955 and quickly established itself as a leading hotel. Recently renovated by Alex Kravetz Designs, the Westbury became part of Marriott’s Luxury Collection group of hotels in late 2016.

The author's room

The author’s room

Upon pulling up to the entrance, we were warmly welcomed by two doormen who assisted with luggage and directed us to the reception desk, where check-in formalities were quick. Within minutes of arrival, we were shown to our room.


Our spacious Junior Suite featured elegant grays and earth tones with striking deep mauve accents and elegant wood paneling. The suite was divided into a sleeping area with a supremely comfortable king size bed with a violet bedspread, and a comfortable living area with a large sofa as well as side chairs and tables.

Multiple large windows gave the room a bright and airy feel that was a stark contrast from the rather formal (although admittedly elegant) lobby.

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