The Ritz

150 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9BR, England

If you're wondering if the Downton Abbey–style world of the old British upper class still exists, look no further than here: the Ritz is as synonymous with London's high society and decadence today as it was when it opened in 1906. The central lobby, with its chandelier and sweeping balconies, is a photo opportunity waiting to happen. The lounges are as gorgeous as ever, and the bedrooms are bastions of Louis XVI style, with acres of luxurious fabric and glittering chandeliers. With a ratio of two staff members to every bedroom, you're guaranteed personal service despite the hotel's massive size. Note that the Ritz is still committed to the ancien régime of English manners, meaning the staff can be sometimes snobby and the dress code remains inflexibly strict—woe betide a gentleman if he doesn't wear a jacket and sit up straight in the bar.

PROS

  • historic luxury hotel
  • service at every turn

CONS

  • snooty service
  • tediously old-fashioned dress code

Location

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Sophisticated
Central
Grande Dame

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 020-7493–8181

HOTEL DETAILS

136 rooms
Rate Includes: Some meals

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