This weekend we were in London celebrating my parent’s 30th Wedding Anniversary [incredible] and the fact that the sun came out for an entire weekend!
Our first stop? The May Fair Hotel which [I’m sure you can guess] is in the very smart area of Mayfair. This hotel is conveniently located a two minute walk from Green Park Underground Station, a three minute walk from The Ritz [if you’re sightseeing] and a quick ten minute walk from Selfridges [and the rest of Oxford Circus]. Getting there from Euston Train Station is also pretty easy – just a five minute tube ride on the Victoria Line with no changes.
The first thing you’ll notice is how good the lobby smells. This is something I have a ‘thing’ about when first stepping foot into a building and is ultimately a very good tool used by hotels around the world to conjure up emotional triggers [Disney’s Grand Floridian Restort & Spa and the Jumeriah Al Qasr both smell incredible].
Unfortunately I didn’t take any photos of our stay [because I’m ridiculous and keep forgetting that I’ve reinvigorated STANLEY SAYS] except for the below, which I thought was a nice touch.
TOP TIP: As i’ve said before, always tell a hotel if you’re celebrating, no matter how small the milestone. The UK won’t go as far as the US for example but it is always worth it!
There are two things I need to make clear about this hotel:
ONE] Yes, the location is great.
Easy access to public transport, shopping, restaurants and bars.
TWO] Location is what you’re paying for here. I would say that your money won’t go as far as you’d like it to with regards to room space, layout [your wardrobe may be in your bathroom] and decoration.
e.g. See below two pictures from the King Superior [their standard rooms] section of their website:
The photo of the bedroom is definitely one of their better standard rooms – it looks warm and has character. The photo of the bathroom is not what we experienced; we had one sink and the bath doubled up as a shower. This is ok in a standard hotel room that is £200 cheaper but just be aware of website photos that can be misleading.
TOP TIP: When checking in, ask for a bathroom with two sinks. If you have accessibility requirements, make sure you ask for a stand alone shower.
If you want easy access to Central London, restaurants, bars and shopping but want a hotel that feels a bit more luxurious than a Holiday Inn [which is also round the corner and may be a better bet if you’re not spending much time in the hotel itself], The May Fair is for you!
If location isn’t too much of a big deal and you’re willing to walk/take public transport, do some research and you’ll find better value for your money.
My next post is about where we ate. It involves too much steak.