Loved getting the list of 2012 best hotels in the world from Travel + Leisure magazine and seeing that our absolute favorite London hotel took the #1 spot not only in London but all of England: Stafford London by Kempinski.
T+L’s World’s Best Awards readers’ survey is a compilation of the 500 top hotels in the world is featured in the January issue of Travel + Leisure magazine, on www.TravelandLeisure.com/tl500.
We do know first-hand that you can live like a queen – and king – at the Stafford thanks to the staff, among them concierge Frank Laino, the man who can get it done, whatever “it” is.
But he’s just one of the entire team who kept us well-fed, well-attended and feeling (at least for this stay) well-heeled.
The Stafford London is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and, in addition to this newest honor, has garnered far too many accolades to mention here, from Andrew Harper’s Hideaways to Conde Nast Traveler’s Gold List to earning London’s rare AA Red Star rating.
After our breakfast in the beautiful dining room, for fear that we wouldn’t get out to explore surrounding London-town, we didn’t dare return “home” to our sitting room with fireplace, Bose speaker with Ipod dock (there’s another Bose system with CDs provided beside the bed) and writing desk with wireless, high-speed internet access and two-line phone. There’s even a computer provided in the upper-category suites. But at our writing desk, we were greeted with customized stationary and this touch: personalized business cards noting the particulars of the hotel with the wording “My Residence Whilst in London.”
If this is your residence whilst in England, you cannot go wrong. Read more of our review here. For more visit: www.kempinski.com/en/london or call +44 (0) 207 493 0111.
About The Hotel
Tucked away in the heart of St James’s, the Stafford London by Kempinski radiates an air of Englishness into an increasingly international capital. From the 380-year-old working wine cellars to the beautifully restored Carriage House and contemporary Stafford Mews suites, it is the first choice for the discerning traveler. Complimenting the hotel’s fine-dining English restaurant and informal lounge, the award-winning American Bar (home to one of the capital’s most fascinating collections of international artifacts, memorabilia and oddities) is the choice for those seeking to relax in a lively, yet sophisticated setting while enjoying a classic cocktail, pint of the bar’s “Owner’s Brew” or a fine cigar in adjacent outdoor heated lounge.
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Luxury Travel Examiner Kathy M. Newbern and spouse, J.S. Fletcher, report on luxury destinations, spas and cruising around the globe. They are award-winning members of the Society of American Travel Writers and created YourSpaReport.com and YourNovel.com, their personalized romance novel business.