Fodor's Expert Review Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel

35 Charles St., London, W12 5EB, England See on Map

A storied mansion townhouse once belonging to the Earl of Chesterfield with a historic past, the Chesterfield retains its aristocratic charm from top to bottom, delivering sumptuous interiors and first-class service for a polished hotel experience in the heart of Mayfair. Located within walking distance of the Royal Parks and some of the city’s most prestigious shopping, this hotel is the ideal stay if you want refined luxury in one of London’s most exclusive neighborhoods.

The hotel has no gym or pool but arranges complimentary use of nearby facilities for guests.


Every room is individually designed and boasts heavy drapes, thick carpet and exotic wallpaper, with a strong commitment to coordinating colors—which may or may not charm you, depending on your taste.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Rooms aren’t the biggest and all those swirling patterns and complimentary hues might feel cloying if you prefer simpler design.


Unlike the rooms, bathrooms are kept to simple neutral tones decked out in marble fittings. Bathtub showers feature in most rooms and complimentary Fragonard bath accessories are provided.


Conjure the image of a classy Mayfair hotel lobby and chances are that’s what you’ll see when you enter the Chesterfield. The epitome of traditional English chic, the lobby features dark leather chesterfields, rich caramel wood panelling, regal oil paintings and a low hanging decorative chandelier that will immediately inject a little Regency glamor into the start of your stay.


While we can’t vouch for the Chesterfield’s claim that its Butlers restaurant serves the undisputed best dover sole in London, we can recommend its fabulous afternoon tea. The restaurant’s fine dining menu offers a collection of inspired British classics.

The roof at the Chesterfield is home to four bee hives which host around 120,000 bees, so now you know where that honey you're eating at breakfast comes from.


It may resemble a stuffy members’ club with its wall to wall carpet and domineering, yet handsome wooden bar but in addition to the classics, the Terrace Bar serves a menu of molecular cocktails to add a little contemporary to all the classic going on here.

When in London… take a gin and tonic tour with the resident mixologist at the hotel’s Terrace Bar.


Getting Around

A slew of restaurants, museums and galleries are located within short walking distance of the hotel but convenient Tube connections are available from Green Park, a six-minute walk away.


Mayfair is a playground of fine dining and if you’re feeling the classic British cuisine of the hotel’s Butlers restaurant then pay a visit to the beautiful Corrigan’s (11-minute walk) restaurant for more of the same. Alternatively, switch it up with a trip to Sketch (10-minute walk), where the quirky arty decor is as much of an attraction as the amazing afternoon tea.


Go all out Gatsby with 1920’s style glamor and cocktails at the Luggage Room (10-minute walk), or, if you prefer your Fleming to your Fitzgerald, head to Dukes Bar (12-minute walk) where the Bond author was a regular visitor for the bar’s immaculate martinis.


With an enviable Mayfair location that provides the perfect spot for exploring the best of what the city has to offer, the Chesterfield ticks all the boxes for a London stay that involves more time devouring the attractions than tackling the transport network. Sure, the coordinated carpet, curtains and bedspreads of the rooms may feel a little old fashioned but we appreciate the hotel’s traditional London appeal and attention to detail.


94 rooms, 13 suites
Breakfast Yes
Lunch Yes
Dinner Yes
Bar Yes
Room Service 24-hour
Valet Parking


Phones: 020-7491–2622;877-955–1515-in U.S.

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