As you might expect from a hotel that backs onto the Royal Mews behind Buckingham Palace, Hotel 41 is all about bespoke luxury. Situated within an Edwardian townhouse, the beautiful boutique hotel thrills with the wow factor of its opulent regal interiors, while executing the type of impeccable, tailored service that might just ruin all other hotels for you.
The ostentatious monochrome interiors are complimented by thick carpets, mahogany furniture, and tasteful artwork but the star of the show is where the sleeping happens. Made by London-based luxury brand Savoir, the beds are rigorously checked for comfort levels to make sure guests have the night of their lives—all part of the service.
YOU SHOULD KNOW While beautiful, some rooms do feel small thanks to the constraints of an old building, so if you’re looking for cavernous space then try the conservatory suite, which comes complete with stunning skylight to the stars.
Even better than the feeling of slipping into the reassuringly sumptuous robe, while the Bose stereo sends out soothing sounds is the chance to soak in the bathtubs, which feature in every room. Complimentary Penhaligon’s products fill the bathrooms but walk-in showers only feature in some rooms.
A small check-in desk is followed by a sparkling, chequered tile hallway leading to the elevators, in a show of class that could easily pass as the world’s most beautiful speakeasy entrance. Do prepare for art envy as you spy the striking Art Deco print on the left-hand side of the corridor as you enter.
Well equipped with rowing machines, treadmills and cross trainers, the gym features everything you need to work out. In addition, in-room yoga lessons can be arranged.
With Green Park and St. James Park a few minutes away, a morning jog might beat the gym—and the hotel can provide local running maps.
If you’ve ever wondered what it might be like to be a member of a super-exclusive private members’ club then the Executive Lounge at Hotel 41 should fill you in. The menu is filled with refined British classics and in addition to the novel 24-hour in-room dining option, breakfast is planned around you, rather than vice versa.
YOU SHOULD KNOW While open to hotel guests only, the Executive Lounge is not a home away from home kind of a place. Adhering to the unofficial smart casual dress code will avoid side-eyed glances.
While you’re already in the center of the city and close to some of the finest restaurants, bars and shopping available—not to mention a skip and a jump from Buckingham Palace and Green Park—the nearby Victoria station offers some of the best Tube and rail connections in London.
Pop next door to Bbar (1-minute walk), a South African-inspired restaurant operated by the same owners as Hotel 41, or opt for fine Chinese cuisine at Ken Lo’s Memories of China (8-minute walk). For Michelin starred fine dining, book in advance for The Dining Room at the Goring.
Hotel 41’s sister hotel The Ruben will welcome you to its Leopard Champagne Bar (1-minute walk) for, well, champagne, of course. For a relaxing, informal drink The Phoenix (3-minute walk) is a smart gastro pub nearby.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Despite all the luxurious interiors, the exclusive members club lounge, the breathtaking beds and the beautiful artwork, Hotel 41 doesn’t rest on its laurels. Guests are treated as royalty, which means the opulence and grandeur of this elegant boutique hotel are never used as an excuse to compromise on the exceptional service. If you prefer an anonymous hotel stay the tailored service might be too much for you, but for everyone else a stay here is the chance to embrace the VIP life.