Looking for somewhere stylish to sleep? Check into the Jumeirah Carlton Tower says Kaye Holland
Deciding where to disappear for a long weekend in London can be something of a challenge: the capital isn’t short of sumptuous five star hotels to head from classics (such as The Savoy and The Ritz) to haute newcomers (here’s looking at Ham Yard Hotel and the Rosewood London).
It’s a delicious dilemma to have for whichever property you check into, you’re not going to leave disappointed. But if you want to avoid the crowds in the West End this summer, Haute Time suggests checking into the Jumeirah Carlton Tower – the epitome of five star luxury – over in Knightsbridge.
Nobody can deny that when it comes to luxury, the Jumeriah group knows how to put on a show and they have been doing it for decades in the capital (the Jumeirah Carlton Toweropened in 1961).
The Jumeirah’s flagship London property can be appreciated for a great many things – just ask tennis aces, Andre Agassi and Roger Federer, both of whom have used it as a bolthole.
All of the 216 rooms are huge (and will have you googling Farrow and Ball paint) boasting massive power showers, enormous mirrors and stunning views over London’s skyline and the private gardens of Cadogan Place. But it’s worth upgrading to the signature Royal Suite: revamped in 2011, the Royal Suite was shortlisted for the inaugural Hotelympia Design Award in 2012, recognising the luxurious touches created by designer Khuan Chew and her agency, KCA International.
It’s not just the rooms that elate: so too do the restaurants. There are several places to eat (including The Club Room and The Chinoiserie) but The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant - a top choice for distinguished visitors and heads of state – ranks as one of the most in demand dining rooms in town. And for good reason: the restaurant, which underwent extensive refurbishment by Martin Brudnizki in 2011, puts other London steakhouses to shame.
The Rib Room’s restaurant is well known for serving traditional British cuisine with a contemporary flair but it’s bar is also second to none – you’ll find delicious things to drink in stunning surroundings at any time of day. And the attitude free staff are superb – they’ll bring you exactly what you want, however you want it.
Worried you might leave a good dress/shirt size larger than when you arrived? Hit the Peak Health Club where you can work up a sweat in the state of the art gym or swim in what must surely be one of the prettiest pools Haute Time has ever seen: expect a 20m stainless steelpool lined with palm trees.
Or you could just pull on a fluffy robe and head to the temple of a spa to enjoy some exceptional treatments. Haute Time can recommend the magic muscle melting Mohom massage – guaranteed to iron out every knot in your neck and shoulders. We defy even the most tightly wound city slicker not to feel the tensions slip away after a session in the ninth floor spa…
Now that you’re looking better and feeling calmer, it’s only a hop, skip and a jump to the streets of Knightsbridge which are choc full of designer shopping (don’t miss the world famous Harrods and Harvey Nics), more top notch dining (Zuma is where Boris Becker had his infamous ‘broom cupboard ‘encounter and from where celebs such as Cheryl Cole like to spill into the paparazzi’s glare) and chic bars – straight from the pages of a glossy magazine.
All told if you want to live life to the full in London, there’s nowhere better to do it than the Jumeirah Carlton Tower.