One of my favourite hotels in the UK has to be The Ritz London, so when 5 Star Weddings were invited to spend the weekend at this amazing hotel I jumped at the opportunity.
My excitement was building up upon driving up to the hotels grand elegant entrance.
Stepping out of the car which the immaculately dressed doorman organised the valet, our luggage was whisked into the hotel. As I walked through the entrance I simply could not wait to see what this hotel had to offer and could see myself indulging in pure luxury within this French Chateau style architecture and Louis XVI furnishings.
“Welcome to the Ritz Madam”, words that I would certainly like to hear more often, as it leaves one feeling that you have arrived.
After a rather seamless check in, we were swept away with a staff member who guided us to our suite. The interior detail of the hotel is as impressive as its exterior and represents the influence of various Parisian architectural traditions
Four principal colour schemes are used for the bedrooms, salmon pink, rose-pink, yellow and blue. The curtains in each room are handsomely swags and draped with both Jacquard and damask silks. Our suite was blue and ever so exquisite, on the corner of Piccadilly with views of the hustle and bustle of the west end below us.
The suite was extremely large and comfortable with immaculate detailing, high ceilings, classical proportions and had a spacious twin bathroom, we immediately felt comfortable and very much at home, luxury and grandeur does not get better than this.
If you are to stay in any of the five special named suites The Berkeley, The Trafalgar, The Arlington and the residential apartment style Royal and Prince of Wales Suites you are able to enjoy the services of a full-time Ritz Butler.
The Ritz Restaurant is considered by many to be the most beautiful hotel restaurant in the world, and I could not agree more. The vast floor to ceiling windows, the rich and varied use of soft pink, pale green and veined white marble, and the dazzling garlands of chandeliers reflected in the wall of paneled mirror, combine to create one of the most spectacular interiors in London, as charming by day as by night.
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The restaurant really gives ‘palace – style’ food and service, its selection of menus featuring great classical dishes alongside British specialties, and its strong focus on seasonality. We had the pleasure of sampling ‘Menu Surprise’ featuring a six-course selection of Executive Chef John Williams’ signature dishes (£95 or £160 with accompanying wines)
The Palm Court:
To the left of the Long Gallery, between the hotel lobby and The Ritz Restaurant, lies The Palm Court. Originally known as the Winter Garden, it was designed as a dramatic back-drop to delight those entering from the Piccadilly entrance.
The William Kent Room – Room hire charges (to include the Queen Elizabeth Room) from £3,000
The most opulent of all the banquet rooms, The William Kent Room is a spacious private dining room with seating for up to 24 for lunch or dinner. Featuring the most stunning original architecture in the house, the room is dominated by a breath-taking covered ceiling in grand Italian Renaissance style which is highlighted in gold relief against a brilliant blue and red background.
The Queen Elizabeth Room:
This delightful drawing-room offers space for 30 guests and is licensed for wedding ceremonies. Overlooking The Green Park and featuring an original marble fireplace, The Queen Elizabeth Room serves as an ante-room to the adjacent William Kent Room.
The Music Room : Room hire charges from £1,500
The largest salon in the house, The Music Room can accommodate up to 72 guests for a wedding dinner or 120 for a reception. With its gold leaf designs and slender Adamesque pilasters, this stately room epitomise the grand and graceful style of the house. The Music Room is also licensed for weddings.
The Wimborne Room: Room hire charges from £1,500
Leading through from The Grand Hall, The Wimborne Room is an elegant boardroom, or private dining room, ideal for a dinner party. Beneath a gilded ceiling hung with a crystal chandelier and yellow silken damask walls, the beautiful inlaid mahogany table can accommodated up to 16 guests.
If you are thinking about staying at The Ritz London or holding your wedding at the hotel you will certainly experience impeccable service in elegant surroundings, that will leave you and your guests with wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.