The Connaught

Carlos Pl., London, W1K 2AL, England

A huge favorite of the "we wouldn't dream of staying anywhere else" monied set since its opening in 1917, the Connaught has many dazzlingly modern compliments to its famously historic delights. These include up-to-date rooms done in smooth taupes and creams and—the ultimate sign of devil-may-care swagger—a swanky bar with platinum-plated walls. Chef Hélène Darroze runs the titual, Michelin-starred restaurant; alternatively, the afternoon tea (around £45–£58) is a great splurge. But for all its modern touches, there are nods to history at every turn here. The Coburg bar is a wink at the Victorian royal family (the current royal dynasty was named "'Saxe Coburg" until adopting the more British-sounding "Windsor" in 1917) and the hotel itself was named in honor of Queen Victoria's son, Arthur—the Duke of Connaught at the time it was built.

PROS

  • legendary hotel
  • great for star-spotting

CONS

  • history comes at a price
  • bathrooms are small

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 020-7499–7070 | 866-599–6991-in U.S.

HOTEL DETAILS

87 rooms, 34 suites
Rate Includes: Breakfast

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