In the heart of Mayfair, London lies a very special gem – the May Fair Hotel. We were so excited to be invited to stay and see what it had to offer!
Just off Berkley Square, surrounded by culture; with galleries, fine dining and entertainment venues right on the doorstep, The May Fair Hotel is perfectly located and so easy to get to.
This is a beautiful hotel. Walking in, you’re greeted with an eclectic mix of art, sculpture and elegant lighting, and, of course, the May Fair’s signature fragrance wafts gorgeously through the lobby. We were escorted to check in with one of the May Fair’s excellent trainees and then taken straight to our suite.
The May Fair’s signature suite, the Schiaparelli Suite, is the best they have. Named after the designer, Elsa Schiaparelli, who was Coco Chanel’s biggest rival and introduced the tone of fuchsia to the world, this room is a tribute to retro glamour, with fuschia accents all over the place.
Floor to ceiling mirrors, ornate details, wood panelling and the most beautiful orchids; our first impression was amazing. We couldn’t quite believe it was ours! A huge dining room table graced the space, with the most elegant white orchids, and then on dark wood cabinets around the space were placed grand Chinese sculptures in gold and red and boldly accessorising the space.
The steps that led to the lounge were also graced by a large, elegant Buddha, and the steps themselves shone in all their exquisite polished limestone glory!
When it comes to suites, you really don’t get a lot better than this. With a large desk, hot pink leather chair and inviting views over Mayfair, the suite has everything you would need and more and is just divine. There was even a gorgeous welcome bag waiting for us – chocolate covered strawberries, nail polish (fuschia, of course!), sweets and a lovely note – we were greeted by the hotel’s Director of Sales and Director Events who have been at the hotel since it opened in 2006. It made us feel ever so welcome.
And then there’s the bedroom. Two dramatic wooden doors lead you to the bedroom suite. Dressed in pink pony skin and accessorised with pink lampshades and a padded fuschia chaise, this bedroom is the stuff of dreams. The vibrant colours give way to luxurious fittings – the extravagant king sized bed with ornate gold detailing, the dramatic black tables and headboard, and the beautiful ornaments and framed kimono that continue the Chinese style throughout.
The bedroom leads to the bathroom, which is by far, the biggest I’ve seen – floor to ceiling luxurious smooth limestone with a freestanding egg bath and illuminated rain shower. Additionally, there’s a little added luxury of a cute acrylic chair, so you can enjoy your steam in total relaxation.
Now we don’t usually mention toilets in our reviews, but the May Fair has the most sophisticated WCs. Hi-tech and incredibly advanced, they even come with a remote control!
The suite is light, bright and incredibly spacious. We think it would be a great choice for the morning of your wedding. The space would be perfect for the bridal party to get ready for the big day. You could even host a little private dinner there the night before.
Our dinner was at 7 pm in the May Fair Kitchen, one of hotel’s two restaurants – a lovely, chilled eatery with a DJ and a fabulous relaxed Ibiza café vibe. The service was brilliant, and the Tapas delicious. Cocktails were served in copper tumblers with crushed ice and dried orange slices, and the staff were friendly, helpful and full of recommendations of the menu.
Once we’d devoured olives, bread, risotto and fish dishes that were out of this world, we sat back and enjoyed the atmosphere in the restaurant. It would be ideal for a night out with bridesmaids, drinks with close friends or even a special date, we were made to feel really welcome.
Turn down service was fabulous. It must have taken quite a while to bring down all the clean, bright silk blinds! Embroidered with fuschia flowers, the drapes give the room a lift, complimenting the dark wood and luxurious fabrics. We were also left with a little bookmark with a poem on – such a sweet touch.
After a night in the comfiest of beds, we explored the gym and spa as well as The May Fair’s ballroom, The Crystal Room. It’s beautiful. With a far eastern theme, dark, opulent colours and a stunning Baccarat chandelier, it’s a gorgeous space, catering for up to 220 guests. Another option is the Danziger suite, an indulgent Art Deco space catering for up to 160 guests. The May Fair’s wedding packages include a bespoke wedding cake, bridal bedroom and three-course wedding breakfast as well as preferential rates for your guests’ overnight stays. Their dedicated wedding planner is on hand throughout to ensure a true luxury wedding experience. In our opinion, this would be a spectacular place to marry.
On to breakfast and we were greeted by a lavish spread. Poached eggs, ciabatta, truffle sauce, croissants, yoghurt and bread all served beautifully, and all lit with chic copper lighting.
We couldn’t fault the service, food or style at The May Fair Hotel. There are so many reasons to stay here, and we would highly recommend it.
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The May Fair Hotel, Stratton Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 8LT