Need to know
117, including 29 suites.
12 noon, though later check-out can be arranged for a fee. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $594.50 (£471), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates exclude breakfast (£20 each for Continental, £27 for full English).
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. Guests staying in the Kipling or Studio Suite will be showered with gifts: a one-way airport transfer, a 30-minute massage each, a bottle of champagne, and a packing and unpacking service.
At the hotel
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.
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.
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.
No pets, but guide dogs are welcome.
Are welcome at the hotel. Extra beds can be put into rooms for a £75 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.
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.