Arrival/Check-In: I arrived at The Wellesley, a boutique luxury hotel, midafternoon on my way to my last meeting for the day, so the speedy check-in was greatly appreciated. The staff members at reception were friendly and very efficient. They showed me my room, the Louis Armstrong Suite; I dropped off my bags and sped off to my meeting.
Guest Quarters: The hotel occupies a former 1920s mansion, so the décor is Jazz Age Art Deco and features many photos of Hollywood stars from the 1920s and 1930s, as well as the great jazz musicians from that era — hence the name of my suite. My suite overlooked Hyde Park, and although the hotel is located at the busy Hyde Park Corner area, it was quiet.
The sitting room included a couch and two overstuffed chairs; a large coffee table; a desk with desktop outlets; a minibar; and a large, flat-screen television. The bedroom featured a king-sized bed, a dresser and a flat-screen television. The spacious bathroom held a separate tub and rain shower, two sinks and a flatscreen television over the tub, in case you want a soak while watching the telly. The toiletries were Hermès.
Services/Amenities: In keeping with the Jazz Age décor, The Wellesley’s Jazz Lounge offers “Live at The Wellesley,” featuring live music shows and fine dining. If you are a fan of live contemporary music, you will love these performances.
The Oval Restaurant offers an attractive place to experience more formal dining. I enjoyed dinner there, and I have to say it was excellent — I would recommend it to anyone. The hotel also includes the Crystal Bar and an outside cigar terrace.
The Experience: Located in Knightsbridge, close to Hyde Park Corner, The Wellesley overlooks the park and is a great hotel for both business and leisure travelers. Its location halfway between Knightsbridge shopping, such as Harrods, and the shops on Piccadilly and Regents Street makes it an ideal hotel for avid shoppers while also convenient to museums and West End theaters.
As I have said before, the quality of any hotel stay is dependent on a hotel’s staff and the service they provide guests. I found the staff at The Wellesley excellent — they are attentive to their guests’ needs and deliver any request with a smile and a speedy response. I have already recommended the hotel to my friends.
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