Fodor's Expert Review Brown's Hotel

34 Albemarle St., London, W1X 4BT, England, London, England See on Map

Blending in with the many beautiful Victorian town houses dotted around Mayfair, Brown’s Hotel has a reputation for luxury dating back 175 years. Located in one of the city’s most desirable neighborhoods, the hotel is all regal elegance, understated Italian luxury, and stirring history—for instance, did you know that it was at Brown’s Hotel where Alexander Graham Bell made the first ever successful telephone call? That’s history.

Get around in style in the hotel’s complimentary chauffeured Bentley—a service guests can use within a 3-mile radius of the hotel.


Contemporary rooms show that the hotel doesn’t rely solely on history to appeal to its wealthy clientele, instead it delivers with perfectly balanced interiors that exude sophistication.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Children’s rooms come with complimentary toys designed to make them feel at home. Just one example of the famous Brown’s service that’s always on point.


Subtle, earthy tones and brilliant white marble decors are paired with antique light fixtures to make for a sumptuously appointed bathroom.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Classic rooms come with bathtub and shower while Executive Rooms come with tubs and separate walk-in showers on request.


A member of the Rocco Forte hotel stable, Brown’s Hotel is renowned for its elegant style, and nowhere does it announce its posh Mayfair credentials better than in the lobby. Beyond the pillared foyer, the tiled lobby is all calm, monochrome simplicity.


The Rocco Forte Spa has a luxurious list of treatments for guests’ wellbeing. Massage, diamond facials, manicures and pedicures are all on the table.


A full gym with a range of cardio machines is open to guests 24-hours.


Stately frescos and intricate cornicing are features of the sumptuous restaurant. The hotel’s Mediterranean themes manifest themselves in the menu which is all delicate, fine dining dishes inspired by the flavors of Italy.

Afternoon tea at Brown’s is a little like cocktails at the Ritz, so make an appointment for cakes, finger sandwiches and Darjeeling in the English Tea Room.

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Covered in Terence Donovan photos of 1960s London, the achingly hip Donovan Bar is a gorgeous place to take a drink. Live music often accompanies the cocktails and there’s no doubting this is one of London’s best hotel bars.


Getting Around

In the revered neighbourhood of Mayfair, where London’s elite tend to gather for the collection of fine dining restaurants and luxe boutiques, Brown’s Hotel fits right in. Take off on foot to explore the locale and its impressive backstreets or use the nearby Green Park Underground Station for travels further afield.


Step out at the Wolseley (3-minute walk) and enjoy the rarefied atmosphere in this contemporary example of an old world European brasserie. If you don’t have one then invent a special occasion to go eat the finest grilled meat and fish at the stunning 34 Mayfair (12-minute walk)


If you can’t get a booking for afternoon tea, get a walk-in table at the Parlour Bar at Sketch (6-minute walk) and enjoy cocktails in the ostentatious, maximalist space. For something equally as crazy opulent, Mr Fogg’s (6-minute walk) and its Victorian travel theme should keep you entertained. Expect cocktails with views of taxidermy, penny farthings and hunting rifles.


Brown’s is a purveyor of true, first-class Mayfair living with its attention to detail, pride in service and those added extras that make splashing the cash on a hotel this expensive seem like money well spent. Both the hotel and its location are all old London glamour meets contemporary extravagance and we can see why Brown’s attracts a such a discerning crowd.


88 rooms, 29 suites
Breakfast Yes
Lunch Yes
Dinner Yes
Bar Yes
Cafe No
Room Service Yes


Phones: 888-667–9477-in U.S.;020-7493–6020

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