Fodor's Expert Review The Stafford London

16–18 St. James's Pl., London, Greater London, SW1A 1NJ, England

This is a rare find: a posh hotel that's equal parts elegance and friendliness, and located in one of the few peaceful spots in the area, down a small lane behind Piccadilly. All the accommodations are luxurious and chic, but those in the 18th-century stable block, featuring cobbled mews entrances, gas-fueled fireplaces, and exposed beams, are especially pleasant. Those who prefer more contemporary style should ask for a room in the Carriage House. The restaurant's incredible wine cellar—several hundred years older than the hotel itself—is one of the best in the city. A curious historical nugget; in the 1930s almost every large hotel in central London opened an "American Bar," to entice the sought-after U.S. clientele (and their notoriously deep pockets). The Stafford has one of only two left in its original form (the other is at the Savoy), and certainly leaves you in no doubt of its heritage, with virtually every space filled with knickknacks of vintage Americana.

PROS

  • great staff
  • home to one of London's original "American Bars"
  • quiet location

CONS

  • traditional style of majority of the rooms may not be to all tastes
  • perks in the more expensive rooms could be more generous (free airport transfer, but one-way only
  • free clothes pressing, but only one item per day)
  • some rooms can feel small

Location

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Quiet
Central
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 020-7493–0111

HOTEL DETAILS

107 rooms
Rate Includes: No meals

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