Anyone looking for a hotel which gives them an enhanced sense of London’s rich history would be well-advised to consider the Stafford Hotel.
This small and lavish hotel gives the feel of a country house – except that it’s in the heart of central London! Accommodation is split across the Main House, the Stafford Mews and the Carriage House.
Rooms in the latter (less than a dozen) are particularly sought-after as they are in an atmospheric converted stable building with royal connections.
Beneath the Main House are the evocative, centuries-old Stafford Cellars made of stone, with a distinctive barrel-shaped ceiling (pictured at top).
Frequent wine tastings are held there under the guidance of Master Sommelier, Mr Gino Nardella. He has been at The Stafford since 1970.
There are 20,000 bottles of wine to sample and you can even take a candlelit tour of the cellar. This is the ultimate hotel for wine aficionados!
Guest reviews comment on the fact that each room in the hotel is individually decorated, as well as the “classy” feel of the hotel in general.
Staff have a reputation for being professional and friendly. At the time of writing, the hotel is comfortably within London’s top 30 TripAdvisor hotels.
The Stafford is not right for everyone. It’s pretty expensive and some might consider it a bit stuffy (men are required to wear jackets in the evening).
But if you’re looking for a traditional English experience, it’s hard to fault. The hotel’s concierge is also highly-regarded and has won several awards.
The personal nature of the service at the hotel echoes what we found at the Egerton House (one of TripAdvisor’s top-rated London hotels).
Like the Egerton House, the Stafford employs some real “characters” to give you a truly memorable stay.
The echoes between these two highly-rated hotels are not surprising, as I recently bumped into the legendary former General Manager of the Stafford, Mr Terry Holmes, at the Egerton House Hotel.
He is currently part of the executive team of the group running the Egerton House and 4 of the 6 top-rated hotels on TripAdvisor.
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Photo credits: The Stafford Hotel.