When it comes to planning the perfect getaway, choosing the right hotel can make all the difference. Setting the tone for your whole break, your accommodation is more than just a place to sleep, it is an integral part of your holiday experience, which is what makes London's grand hotels such an excellent choice.
Indeed, the UK's capital is renamed for its array of fabulous hotels, and the grandest offer some amazing experiences. Whether you choose to go for the best-known names or one of London's boutique hotels, these establishments never fail to impress – but what is it about them that makes them such wonderful places to stay?
Of course, grand hotels are all about luxury, and this is always reflected in the rooms or suites you book. Establishments such as The Cumberland hotel provide an array of different accommodation to suit all kinds of holidays. Family rooms, for example, can be booked if you're traveling with little ones, while this particular hotel also offers self-contained apartments for those seeking a real home away from home.
However, no matter what kind of room you choose, you can expect only the finest furnishings and facilities, such as large, comfortable beds, double glazing, spacious bathrooms, wireless broadband and air conditioning. Of course, your exact amenities will vary depending on where you stay.
Another advantage the capital's grand hotels boasts is that they are often located in fabulous locations. Both the Thistle Marble Arch and The Cumberland, for example, are wonderfully close to the beautiful Hyde Park, while the former is located just a stone's throw from retail paradise Oxford Street.
For gastronomes, there is no better accommodation than London's grand hotels. Many pride themselves on the caliber of cuisine they offer, creating stunning menus in conjunction with top chefs.
Indeed, The Cumberland hotel offers two eateries stemming from the establishment's relationship with celebrity chef Gary Rhodes. Rhodes W1 and the Rhodes W1 Brasserie each offer cutting-edge dining opportunities, with the former being particularly ideal for special occasions.
This hotel is also home to some amazing bars, including the unique designer-industrial Carbon Bar, with its edgy mood lighting, and the Kua Bar & Lounge, which has a more family-friendly atmosphere.
Over at the Dorchester, meanwhile, you'll find a variety of dining options. These include classic British fare at The Grill, as well as fine French food at Alain Ducasse. Meanwhile, China Tang is renamed for the quality of its Cantonese cuisine, which has a reputation for being some of the most authentic in the city. This lovely venue also hosts live jazz performances and serves delicious cocktails.
Of course, no grand hotel would be complete without fantastic facilities to lend its name to. When it comes to luxury getaways, sometimes one of the most thought-after options is an in-house spa.
The Dorchester Spa, with its beautiful Art Deco decor, is bound to appeal to any holidaymaker on an indulgent break. As well as simply enjoying treatments here, there is a fitness center and a particularly unique appeal, the Spatisserie. This serves decadent little trees and light lunches in a lovely intimate setting.
At the Cumberland, there is 24-hour room service and a comprehensive gym, while the Thistle Marble Arch provides equally comprehensive room service and the chance to travel by limousine to make airport connections.