The Stafford London
A hidden joy, approached with its own mews leading off St James’s Street, while its entrance doorway is located tucked away from St James’s Place.
Style & personality
The resort is composed, comfortable and refined. Both best-known attributes would be the 350-year-old Wine Cellars home around 8,000 bottles alongside memorabilia from the period as a bomb shelter during the war, along with the romantic American Bar, festooned with baseball caps, nick-nacks, signed celebrity photographs and other mementoes provided by leaving guests. 1 corner is dedicated to Nancy Wake, a highly decorated and adventuresome SOE officer who transferred to the resort in her late eighties and held dad, gin and tonic in hand.
Service & amenities
The present general director, Christine Hodder, is characterful, since are long-serving primary employees, such as head concierge Frank Laino, mind barman Ben Provost and Master Sommelier Gino Nardella.
There 105 rooms and suites split between the Main House; the Carriage House, the characterful beamed former stables overlooking the cobbled mews, in which they’re charmingly countrified in fashion; along with the Mews Suites, more modern in style.
Food & beverage
Carlos Martinez is the executive head chef and he’s aided by youthful Jozef Rogulski. They function classic dishes with a Mediterranean twist at the relaxing, quiet and comfortable Lyttleton restaurant. Wines are courtesy of Master Sommelier Gino Nardella, whose understanding is world class, descriptions are eloquent and the Wine Cellars are his pride and pleasure. Sudden excellence in a little resort.
Value for money
Double rooms from #355 each night, including breakfast. Free Wi-Fi. Beginning prices are on a par with similarly lavish London hotels; costs for food and beverage are steep, needless to say, but quantified.
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