The Best Room At...Claridge's
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You'd be hard-pressed to find a hotel as quintessentially British as Claridge's, the five-star hideaway with a rich heritage that dates back more than a century. Below, Head Concierge Martin Ballard tells us a bit about the famed property—and which room he likes best.
DESCRIBE THE HOTEL IN A SENTENCE.
WHICH ROOM IS THE BEST?
Our two-bedroom Grand Piano Suite is one of our most luxurious and special signature suites.
Designed by longtime guest and legendary fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, the suite is both bold and elegant, featuring von Furstenberg’s hallmark fabrics and prints beautifully mixed with photographs taken by the fashion icon herself, a marble fireplace, grand piano, private bar, and inviting living room that is perfect for relaxing and entertaining. Guests of the suite will also enjoy a personal Claridge’s Butler and amazing views of London.
WHAT’S THE AVERAGE NIGHTLY RATE?
WHO IS YOUR TYPICAL GUEST?
Our guest is someone who enjoys a hotel experience unlike any other, made unforgettable by our warm and attentive service, stunning design, and playful touches that often speak to our colorful history.
ARE YOU ABLE TO MENTION ANY CELEBRITIES THAT THE HOTEL HAS HOSTED?
Claridge’s has hosted many celebrities, including Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, Kate Moss, Victoria Beckham, and Gwyneth Paltrow among others. We have also hosted royalty from around the world since first opening our doors in 1854. The hotel received the ultimate accolade in 1860 when Queen Victoria visited Claridge’s to see her friend Empress Eugenie of France. This was the beginning of a tradition of royal visits, which continues to this day. Spencer Tracy also famously said, “When I die, I don’t want to go to heaven, I want to go to Claridge’s.
Sophia Loren, seen here outside of the hotel, is just one of the many famed guests Claridge's has hosted.
WHAT’S ONE LOCAL RECOMMENDATION YOU ALWAYS GIVE FIRST-TIME VISITORS?
There is a wonderful bookstore called Heywood Hill Bookshop on Curzon Street, which is one of my
CAN YOU SHARE AN INTERESTING TIDBIT ABOUT THE HOTEL'S HISTORY?
During the Second World War, Claridge’s became a haven for exiled royalty and heads of state. The Kings of Greece, Norway, Yugoslavia, and the Queen of The Netherlands stayed for the duration, as did the presidents of both Poland and Czechoslovakia. On July 17th, 1945 Winston Churchill declared suite 212 Yugoslavian territory for a day and a clod of Yugoslavian earth was laid under the
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.
Prices are based on the conversion rate of £1 = P71.89.