Old Apr 27, 18, 9:59 am
Join Date: Apr 2018
Posts: 42
Originally Posted by MacMyDay View Post
I did win brains of the year in primary school, but sadly I was 15 years old at the time.

I agree with what you're saying, that basically all basic room categories in London are not worth it. I think that is the case in most developed cities. In The Peninsula Paris, going from a Superior Suite to a Deluxe made a massive difference to the stay, and in London I think you really want to be aiming at a suite. If you want to splash the cash then there are certainly a fair few speciality suites around.

I am actually in The Connaught right now. Yes, I do love it, even if it is not perfect. Who did you ask about The Mews? They may be reserving it for repeat guest right now, so I'm sure I could ask on your behalf and see if it's genuinely available. I've not had a chance to stay in The Mews yet, but I've stayed in The Library Suite and Terrace Suite twice, and every other room at least once, including The Apartment. Out of them all, I would pick The Mews and Library Suite. The Terrace Suite just doesn't feel that luxurious, except having your own key card to access your own floor; it's not even that large when you discount the size of the terrace.

Luckily for you, I also put together this handy guide

My fiancee used to work at both The Connaught and Cafe Royal, so I know both properties rather well - particularly the behind the scenes. Cafe Royal is not even in the same league of The Connaught, and absolutely would not be considered legitimate competition - except in Cafe Royal's owners dreams. I think they are on their 3rd GM in three years, which will tell you something. The best competition to The Connaught is The Lanesborough. I've stayed in a few suites at The Lanesborough, but the decor offends my palette so much that even then I don't like them, but I still love the property.

The Beaumont's Roosevelt Suite is a great suite and one of the best in London I've stayed in.

The Bulgari has 4 Bvlgari Suites, which are really impressive.

You can go through my Flickr and find photos from a lot of London properties
MacMyDay, on behalf of everyone here [if you don't hear it enough], thank you! Funny enough, I found The Good, The Bad, The Luxurious before coming here, and it's great. I just did not realize it was you - that's neat! Seems like we're around the same age and have a passion for traveling, but unlike you, I can't travel four-plus months out of the year. Bringing me to, would you like to switch jobs?!

Regarding The Mews, I simply emailed the reservation link on the website. The email was signed by Muhith Miah. The Library Suite does look very, very cool! I guess I have to call/email for availability like I would do for The Mews.

That's unfortunate to hear about Hotel Cafe Royal! Having three different GM's in three years definitely does say something.

While researching where to stay, I see high remarks for the Lanesborough, but like you said, it offends my palette. Therefore, it's off the list, unfortunately.

'The Beaumont's Roosevelt Suite is a great suite and one of the best in London I've stayed in.' - wow, that's saying something. I'll have to check that out, too.

At first glance and based on information on the web, The Bvlgari Suite seems extremely costly for what they offer, in addition to the fact that it's at the Bulgari. $44,000 for three nights! But hey, maybe it's worth it?

I did swipe through your Flickr and it was great! I'd be curious to hear how Etihad's Apartment was and if you've flown Emirates new First Class Suite (On the A380) and also Etihad's The Residence - to compare the three. But that's a different topic for a different day!

Also, just out of curiosity, can you book any of these hotels with points? Or do you have any suggestions for booking? I do have AMEX with a few points to burn. I know AMEX has a reservation department but I figured I would just ask since you're an experienced traveler.

Thanks so much, again!
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