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Old Mar 4, 2013, 6:03 pm
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Originally Posted by Kagehitokiri
front office manager Brigitte C. Ebner
http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/brigitte-c-ebner/31/3a7/993
site on linkedin matches site on FT profile page
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Very "six-star."
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Old Mar 4, 2013, 11:18 pm
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Originally Posted by Kagehitokiri
front office manager Brigitte C. Ebner
http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/brigitte-c-ebner/31/3a7/993
linkedin and FT profile link a site, which links linkedin
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Thanks for the detective work, Kage. I agree the post sounds a little too excited but since she didn't make any real effort to disguise herself, if there is a chance the place might be a luxury hotel, I would be inclined to leave this one post in. Anyone know?
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Old Mar 5, 2013, 2:00 am
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Originally Posted by RichardInSF
Thanks for the detective work, Kage. I agree the post sounds a little too excited but since she didn't make any real effort to disguise herself, if there is a chance the place might be a luxury hotel, I would be inclined to leave this one post in. Anyone know?
I also thought Brigitte must have some connection to the hotel, but didn't care because the post was a fairly simple announcement of a new luxury hotel that I hadn't yet heard of. And like I posted above, Pizza in the Park was certainly a real place.

From the website http://www.thewellesley.co.uk/ it seems like a Luxury hotel and probably worthy of inclusion in this thread. And any hotel that has jazz and a cigar terrace will probably get my custom even if only for an hour or so. Sorry I didn't have time to swing by last week. I'll try to check it out next time I'm in town.
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Old Mar 5, 2013, 3:51 am
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Originally Posted by stimpy
I also thought Brigitte must have some connection to the hotel, but didn't care because the post was a fairly simple announcement of a new luxury hotel that I hadn't yet heard of. And like I posted above, Pizza in the Park was certainly a real place.

From the website http://www.thewellesley.co.uk/ it seems like a Luxury hotel and probably worthy of inclusion in this thread. And any hotel that has jazz and a cigar terrace will probably get my custom even if only for an hour or so. Sorry I didn't have time to swing by last week. I'll try to check it out next time I'm in town.
I used to quite enjoy Pizza on the Park- it was one of my first regular "haunts" for jazz in London many years ago. As a luxury hotel I probably wouldn't stay there as I much prefer scruffy Bethnal Green/Hackney or close to Covent Garden however for a drink and some music I am in. Thanks to the new OP for posting!
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Originally Posted by Kettering Northants QC
Not sure why restaurant critics shouldn't review The Ten Room irrespective of its standing within the Hotel. Most newspaper restaurant critics usually review a much wider range of restaurants than gourmet venues as the vast majority of their readers, even those who dine out regularly, do not dine at gourmet restaurants regularly.

It did seem as though no matter what he wasn't going to find anything to like though, but like most reviewers on a good day a small mistake will be forgiven but on a bad day that very same mistake will be a thing to make a song and dance over.
Sorry, I did not mean they should not review it, but that they should make it clear that it is not a gourmet restaurant, but an all-day-dining restaurant. The reviews I have read imply that The Ten Room is fine dining.
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Old Mar 5, 2013, 3:32 pm
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Anyone have any additional thoughts on 41? I have a Junior Suite booked for November and would love some feedback.
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Originally Posted by stimpy
I also thought Brigitte must have some connection to the hotel, but didn't care because the post was a fairly simple announcement of a new luxury hotel that I hadn't yet heard of. And like I posted above, Pizza in the Park was certainly a real place.

From the website http://www.thewellesley.co.uk/ it seems like a Luxury hotel and probably worthy of inclusion in this thread. And any hotel that has jazz and a cigar terrace will probably get my custom even if only for an hour or so. Sorry I didn't have time to swing by last week. I'll try to check it out next time I'm in town.
Saw quite a bit of the hotel on the Travel Channel today (Luxury Uncovered). It looks a great hotel with Art Deco styling and seems to get a positive write up on TA. From the outside the hotel still retains the distinctive red (london undergroundesgue) brickwork. Location just along from The Lanesborough. Anyone here checked it out yet?
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Anyone have any additional thoughts on 41? I have a Junior Suite booked for November and would love some feedback.
We booked a private apartment via Jetsetter at 41 some years ago and I did post a TR.

In short, 41 has (very) small rooms. Even a junior suite will be less than 300 sq. ft. but the service is very friendly. Because the rooms are so very small and the facilities so very limited it is difficult to classify this as a luxury hotel. The area in front of the fireplace, around tea time, is lovely, but when comparing this hotel to the FS PL, Corinthia, or Bulgari, 41 just can't compete.
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The Berkeley

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The Berkeley

Wilton Place London, GB SW1X 7RL

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The Berkeley

Jan/Feb. 2014, 2 nights

Having passed The Berkeley numerous times and always tried to figure out what was behind the facade we researched if it was suitable for us and booked it finally. We also were aware it belongs to the Maybourne Group, which includes The Claridges and The Connaught.

The original site of The Berkeley was at the corner of Berkeley Street and Piccadilly. On 21.02.1972 the location moved to Wilton Place, where it is still today. 

The doorman was already busy with other guests when we arrived. When entering we were greeted by an open fire and two club chairs in front of it. We turned left, passing the Blue Bar and found an attractive reception. 

It was modern with a lot of space. We were asked to take a seat to check in. Our reservation was retrieved from a steamer trunk and we were offered a welcome drink of our choice. There was a fridge right beside the check in clerk from where he retrieved our Rauch orange juice. We were also asked what times we would like to have our room made up. The formalities completed we were given a quick tour of the hotel and brought to our room.

The room was large and facing Knightsbridge, Starwood's Luxury Collection Park Tower and the Mandarin Oriental. We had a little bet going on before checking in at The Berkeley and I had it right. Some people prefer views over St. Paul's Church of Knightsbridge. I assume it is quieter. We had just the one we wanted, spying on the "competition" and watch the comings and goings at our own hotel.

The decoration was masculine and art deco in brown, white, beige and gold tones. It felt warm and inviting and was very tasteful. 

We had a huge king sized bed with Pratesi linen (very soft), a small wardrobe (definitely not suitable for long stays) and a writing desk, an octagonal coffee table, arm chair, credenza with mini bar, stocked with a half bottle of Krug Champagne (155 GBP / ca. 188.30 Euro / ca. 258.60 USD), Laurent Perrier for 36 GBP (ca. 43.80 Euro / ca. 60.05 USD), Evian water, Firefly soft drinks, Sunraysia juices, ranging from 4.60 GBP to 5 GBP (ca. 5.60 Euro to 6.10 Euro / ca. 7.70 USD to 8.35 USD) and much more. 

The flat screen TV was from Philipps and matched the alarm clock. It was a bit too small to watch from the table, but it was ideal from the bed. The channel selection was very good, offering local, international and foreign language channels.

The tapestry was intricate with flower and plant prints. The details continued on one of the frames of the artwork - all depicting flowers.

The details continued throughout the room, for example there were black octagonal coasters and the sticker on the toilet paper was the same shape and colour.

The night stands were designed like miniature classic writing desks. 

There were also Maybourne Group magazines and a Singaporean magazine for gentlemen.

The bathroom was large, fully marbled, with a bidet, toilet, bath tub and shower combination and a sink. 

The amenities were by Bamford, all organic and made in England. It was our first time we came in contact with the company. We loved to use the products.

The bath tub wasn't very high, so climbing in and out was easy. There was also a function we have never seen before. There was a "waste" tap. To release the bath water it has to be lifted and turned anti clockwise. 

The bath tub was comfortable and the shower easy to use.

When we requested more bath gel we received two bottles and in a larger size than before.

Turn down arrived every evening during our two night stay and included two free bottles of water.

There was also 24 hour room service available. A set breakfast started from 26 GBP (ca. 31.50 Euro or 43.25 USD), starters and desserts from 13 GBP (ca. 15.75 Euro or 21.65 USD) and main courses from 26 GBP. 

We had breakfast here and it was absolutely delicious. All products were locally sourced and the breakfast is made in Pierre Koffmann's kitchen. My better half had the Continental Breakfast with hot chocolate, carrot juice, croissants, muffins, Danish, granary toast, butter and Berkeley own branded jams. I had a la carte Cappuccino, also a carrot juice and a Corned Beef Hash. The jams were slightly larger than usual. Overall the Continental Breakfast was deemed the best so far by him. I have to agree, having tried a few items. 

The carrot juice was sweet and smooth. 

The cappuccino just right - strong, smooth and an indulgent milky foam on top. 

The Beef Hash looked like a cake and was served with roasted tomatoes, adding a nice acidity. It was different than the Hash I had enjoyed at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington D.C. a few years back.

The set up was beautifully done and looked like we were in a fine dining room. There was enough space for the table. It was comfortable to sit at it after the member of staff placed the chairs for us. There was no bill to sign, but the cost was 72.50 GBP (ca. 87.95 Euro / ca. 120.80 USD). 

On the day of our arrival we had a reservation for afternoon tea. I will write a more detailed review about that soon. It was served at the Caramel Room - the interior was designed by Alexandra Champalimaud - and is called Pret-a-Portea. What can we say? It was definitely delicious, interesting, generous, creative and unusual. 

The hotel has also a Bamford Haybarn Spa on the 7th floor, massages start from 55 GBP (ca. 66.70 Euro or 91.65 USD) for a 25 minute Back, neck and shoulder massage. A full day spa experience costs 570 GBP (ca. 691.25 Euro or 949.40 USD).

There is a rooftop pool. It was turned into a winter wonderland until end of January. The experience was open for non-guests as long as it was booked in advance. It included a movie, while sipping coffee, tea or hot chocolate and being covered in Montcler blankets.

All restaurants, bar and the gift shop are located on the ground floor and as the receptionist said it's hard to get lost, because you always walk in a circle or square. There is the Blue Bar, which incooperates Edward Lutyents elements from the old Berkeley and was designed by David Collins, who sadly passed away last year unexpectedly. Passing through the bar leads to Pierre Koffmann. 

Marcus Wareing is closed at the moment for renovation, but re-opens in April.

All the staff we encountered was friendly and genuinely interested in us.

Of course the price tag was high, but worth every penny. 

The entrance category room we booked was larger than similar rooms in London or would be sold as suites in others. 

The hotel is kept up immaculately and ingredients used are of the finest quality. 

The beds are highly comfortable and softer than usual, guaranteeing a good night's rest. 

The service is attentive.

For all this reasons we are going to return in the future.

Would we recommend this hotel to a friend? YES!
Would we stay again at this hotel in the future? YES!

Thank you and safe travels. 

Here are some of our photos we made during our stay @ The Berkeley in London, Jan. / Feb. 2014:


|| SUPERIOR KING ROOM @ THE BERKELEY || WILTON PLACE || KNIGHTSBRIDGE || LONDON || ENGLAND || UK || Jan. / Feb. 2014 || Our stay at this beautiful hotel incl. Superior king room, the famous Prêt-à-Portea @ The Caramel Room and in-room breakfast || by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr


|| SUPERIOR KING ROOM @ THE BERKELEY || WILTON PLACE || KNIGHTSBRIDGE || LONDON || ENGLAND || UK || Jan. / Feb. 2014 || Our stay at this beautiful hotel incl. Superior king room, the famous Prêt-à-Portea @ The Caramel Room and in-room breakfast ||
 by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr

|| SUPERIOR KING ROOM @ THE BERKELEY || WILTON PLACE || KNIGHTSBRIDGE || LONDON || ENGLAND || UK || Jan. / Feb. 2014 || Our stay at this beautiful hotel incl. Superior king room, the famous Prêt-à-Portea @ The Caramel Room and in-room breakfast ||
 by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr

|| SUPERIOR KING ROOM @ THE BERKELEY || WILTON PLACE || KNIGHTSBRIDGE || LONDON || ENGLAND || UK || Jan. / Feb. 2014 || Our stay at this beautiful hotel incl. Superior king room, the famous Prêt-à-Portea @ The Caramel Room and in-room breakfast ||
 by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr

|| SUPERIOR KING ROOM @ THE BERKELEY || WILTON PLACE || KNIGHTSBRIDGE || LONDON || ENGLAND || UK || Jan. / Feb. 2014 || Our stay at this beautiful hotel incl. Superior king room, the famous Prêt-à-Portea @ The Caramel Room and in-room breakfast ||
 by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr

|| SUPERIOR KING ROOM @ THE BERKELEY || WILTON PLACE || KNIGHTSBRIDGE || LONDON || ENGLAND || UK || Jan. / Feb. 2014 || Our stay at this beautiful hotel incl. Superior king room, the famous Prêt-à-Portea @ The Caramel Room and in-room breakfast ||
 by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr

Here are some of our photos from the Prêt-à-Portea we've partaken during our stay @ The Berkeley, London in Jan. / Feb. 2014:


|| SUPERIOR KING ROOM @ THE BERKELEY || WILTON PLACE || KNIGHTSBRIDGE || LONDON || ENGLAND || UK || Jan. / Feb. 2014 || Our stay at this beautiful hotel incl. Superior king room, the famous Prêt-à-Portea @ The Caramel Room and in-room breakfast ||
 by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr

|| SUPERIOR KING ROOM @ THE BERKELEY || WILTON PLACE || KNIGHTSBRIDGE || LONDON || ENGLAND || UK || Jan. / Feb. 2014 || Our stay at this beautiful hotel incl. Superior king room, the famous Prêt-à-Portea @ The Caramel Room and in-room breakfast ||
 by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr

|| SUPERIOR KING ROOM @ THE BERKELEY || WILTON PLACE || KNIGHTSBRIDGE || LONDON || ENGLAND || UK || Jan. / Feb. 2014 || Our stay at this beautiful hotel incl. Superior king room, the famous Prêt-à-Portea @ The Caramel Room and in-room breakfast ||
 by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr

....some more of our photos including:


|| SUPERIOR KING ROOM @ THE BERKELEY || WILTON PLACE || KNIGHTSBRIDGE || LONDON || ENGLAND || UK || Jan. / Feb. 2014 || Our stay at this beautiful hotel incl. Superior king room, the famous Prêt-à-Portea @ The Caramel Room and in-room breakfast ||
 by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr

|| SUPERIOR KING ROOM @ THE BERKELEY || WILTON PLACE || KNIGHTSBRIDGE || LONDON || ENGLAND || UK || Jan. / Feb. 2014 || Our stay at this beautiful hotel incl. Superior king room, the famous Prêt-à-Portea @ The Caramel Room and in-room breakfast ||
 by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr

|| SUPERIOR KING ROOM @ THE BERKELEY || WILTON PLACE || KNIGHTSBRIDGE || LONDON || ENGLAND || UK || Jan. / Feb. 2014 || Our stay at this beautiful hotel incl. Superior king room, the famous Prêt-à-Portea @ The Caramel Room and in-room breakfast ||
 by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr

Thank you and safe travels. 

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Fantastic review! ^ Thanks for taking the time. I have knocked around the idea of the Berkeley several times, but have never managed to pull the trigger.

I am so settled at Browns I have a hard time breaking the inertia!
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Originally Posted by gegarrenton
Fantastic review! ^ Thanks for taking the time. I have knocked around the idea of the Berkeley several times, but have never managed to pull the trigger.

I am so settled at Browns I have a hard time breaking the inertia!
Thanks a lot for your compliments.

Regarding the Browns, we've never stayed there and hope to try this hotel in the future too.

We've made some photos during our stay @ The Berkeley, which I will publish in the next post and yes, it's a great hotel and comes highly recommended. ^
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I only know the Berkeley from my visits at Markus Wareing. A tub/shower combo is a no-go.
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Originally Posted by offerendum
I only know the Berkeley from my visits at Markus Wareing. A tub/shower combo is a no-go.
Glad you've enjoyed your Markus Wareing restaurant visits, the shower/tub combo wasn't really a problem for us, we enjoyed the hotel in all its aspects. ^

At the time during our stay the Markus Wareing restaurant was closed for renovation, I believe they open again by April this year, also the Caramel Room is closed for renovation too at this very moment. We had our Pret-a-Portea @ the Caramel Room and I'm sure it's going to be even more beautiful in the future. ^

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Originally Posted by uggboy
Thanks a lot for your compliments.

Regarding the Browns, we've never stayed there and hope to try this hotel in the future too.

We've made some photos during our stay @ The Berkeley, which I will publish in the next post and yes, it's a great hotel and comes highly recommended. ^
Oh, don't mention it. I appreciate you taking the time. I really would like ot dig up the motivation to post more on my stays.

I highly recommend Browns. Right in Mayfair, nicely updated rooms, great service. Very consistent. I will be there in a couple weeks, will try and do a little report and photos for you.

Fantastic pictures as well of The Berkeley.
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At the time during our stay the Markus Wareing restaurant was closed for renovation, I believe the open again by April this year
I know, I was one of the last guests at the "old" Marcus Wereing. Getting frequent updates by email
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