- Style Understated elegance
- Setting Magnificent Mayfair
Proudly perched at one of the most desirable addresses in Mayfair since its Victorian heyday, Brown’s Hotel has undergone a renovation at the hands of Olga Polizzi that’s blended fresh colours, mosaic floors, and antique furnishings with the hotel’s historic wooden panelling, gilt mirrors and stained glass. Its ageless good looks, combined with the jazzy glamour of the Donovan Bar and a moving, shaking guest list, have made it one of London’s must-stays.
Need to know
- Rooms 117, including 29 suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $559.57 (£342), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
- More details Rates exclude breakfast (£20 each for Continental, £27 for full English).
- Facilities Spa, gym, library, DVD selection, valet parking (£50 a day), WiFi in all public areas (£15 for 24 hours). In rooms: flatscreen TV, minibar. Suites have DVD/CD players, iPod docks and Penhaglion toiletries. Deluxe Rooms and above have rain showers.
- Check–out Midday, though later check-out can be arranged for a fee.
Children Are welcome at the hotel. Extra beds can be put into rooms for a £50 charge (+VAT), and cots are free. Babysitting (£16.50 an hour plus a £17 booking fee), cots, baths, bottle-warmers and high chairs are available on request.
- Eco‐friendly Brown’s closely monitors energy use within the hotel to minimise wastage. Foodstuffs (and, where possible, staff) are locally sourced, and there’s a strong recycling programme in place.
- Also No pets, but guide dogs are welcome.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Staying in the Kipling Suite – where Rudyard honeymooned with his wife more than 100 years ago, and penned much of his work – is an irresistibly glamorous experience. Alternatively, our favourite Deluxe Room is number 126, which offers a linen-upholstered bedhead facing an enormous mirror. The sculpted relief in the ensuite bathroom and the vases of fresh orchids make it all the more special.
- Packing tips Bring your best threads. Browsing nearby Bond Street’s boutiques or dipping into the nut selection in the Donovan Bar loses some of its cachet if you’re just wearing your tracksuit.
- Also Book a Classic Suite or above and you and your other Smith will be able to bask away in twin baths, with TVs at the end of each tub.
Food and drink at Brown's Hotel
- Hotel restaurant HIX Mayfair (formerly the Albermarle) serves brushed-up Brit classics (scrumpy-fried oysters with dittander mayonnaise) amongst Tracy Emin’s neon sculptures, traditional crisp linen-covered tables and oak panelled walls. Ingredients are seasonal – picked from local vendors by chef Lee Streeton – weekend brunch is offered and a carving masterclass (with Mark Hix, no less) teaches a savvier way to serve. Afternoon tea in the English Tea Room is widely renowned.
- Dress code There’s no dress code as such, but the smartly dressed staff and your well turned-out fellow diners might make you want to think about your outfit.
- Top table The fireside table is perfect for large parties and a great spot to eye up the artwork; or choose a window seat to watch Mayfair bustle as you tuck into your Dover sole.
- Last orders Dinner is served between 5.30pm and 11pm; the bar keeps its shakers a-quiver until 1am (midnight on Sunday).
- Room service A wide-ranging menu of meals and snacks is available 24 hours a day.
- Hotel bar The Bill Amberg-designed Donovan Bar is a buzzy hangout for both well-heeled guests and glitterati, who pour from Mayfair’s galleries and publishing houses to enjoy an intimate, convivial atmosphere and a live jazz soundtrack.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details