During my visit to London in March this year, I stayed at the Albemarle Suite in Brown’s Hotel; said to be one of the finest hotels in the city. Upon arrival, my bags were sent straight to the suite while I spent the entire afternoon doing what I love best — exploring the city for its sights and food.
The suite boasts high ceilings and large windows with a view over Albemarle Street. I love how plenty of light comes through the windows so the room feels even more spacious that it already is. My suite comes with a large living room and a separate study area and dining table.
On the dining table was a Haig Club welcome kit, which served me well throughout my stay at Brown’s Hotel. I had help with unpacking and my clothes were properly arranged in the walk-in wardrobe and stuff which needed ironing were taken care of immediately.
The bed seemed larger, perhaps because I was staying alone. But it was extremly comfortable and draped with plush sheets of Egyptian cotton and duvets to keep me warm. My bathroom was huge, with a separate shower stall, bathtub with television at the foot of it and a large sink area.
Brown’s Hotel serves good afternoon tea, which I had the pleasure of enjoying in the comfort of my room. Butler service is always available for guests staying in suites, so I had them send my afternoon tea up as the English Tea Room was rather occupied.
Breakfast isn’t much to shout about I’m afraid, as the selection is simple. Three types of cheeses, white or brown bread, juice, coffee or tea, fresh fruits, three types of cold cuts…you get the gist. I think many of us (myself included) take hotel breakfasts in Asia forgranted. Until we’re faced with a lot less variety in European countries; I found this to be the same when I travelled to Paris.
I did like The Donovan Bar as they carry a good range of whiskies. Plus the bartender whips up good cocktails like the Haig Clubman I had while waiting for my ride to Wellington Arch.
While the hotel is grand and service, on point, I did find the people to be less friendly. Perhaps it’s the culture difference or maybe it could have been my luck. My housekeeping lady was lovely and the doorman was always cheerful and helpful is getting me a cab. The front desk staff however, felt a little sterile.
Still, it was a good stay. 🙂
33 Albemarle Street,
Mayfair, London W1S 4BP,
Tel: +44 20 7493 6020