The Con­naught

London

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BACK­GROUND The Con­naught’s his­tory dates back to 1815, when it opened as the Prince of Saxe-Coburg Ho­tel. It was chris­tened The Con­naught as a ref­er­ence to Queen Vic­to­ria’s sev­enth child Arthur, later Prince Arthur, Duke of Con­naught and Strat­hearn. It is a part of May­bourne Ho­tel Group that also owns Clar­idges and The Berke­ley.

WHAT’S IT LIKE? Tadao Ando’s Si­lence wa­ter fea­ture — a com­mis­sion that The Con­naught played a sig­nif­i­cant role in — adorns the ho­tel’s front. The lobby is warm and invit­ing. Dec­o­rated in soft leather and rich fab­rics, a fire­place and ma­hogany fur­nish­ings give it a colo­nial feel. May­fair-based Guy Oliver and the late David Collins are ar­chi­tects from Ire­land who have re­fur­bished the ac­com­mo­da­tion at the ho­tel. An ev­i­dent amal­ga­ma­tion of con­tem­po­rary with clas­sic ele­gance rem­i­nis­cent of the build­ing’s orig­i­nal Adamstyle (an 18th-cen­tury neo­clas­si­cal style) in­te­ri­ors is ob­served. There is orig­i­nal art placed through­out the ho­tel’s walls and pub­lic spa­ces. About 3,000 pieces have been ex­pertly curated, in­clud­ing works of artists such as Gra­ham Suther­land and Bar­bara Hep­worth.

WHERE IS IT? At the heart of London’s May­fair Vil­lage. It stands on the corner of Mount

Street and Car­los Place. London Heathrow is 50 min­utes away. Bond Street sta­tion is a 10minute walk.

ROOM FA­CIL­I­TIES This 121key prop­erty in­cludes 34 suites. Each ac­com­mo­da­tion of­fers a per­sonal but­ler, beds dressed in fine Ital­ian linen, mood light­ing, a 32-inch plasma TV and orig­i­nal pieces of art. Mar­ble bath­rooms are equipped with a plasma TV and a walk-in shower. I stayed at the Guy Oliver-de­signed Ea­gles Lodge suite (46 sqm), a nau­ti­cally in­spired space that re­sem­bles the cabin of an op­u­lent 1930s yacht. It fea­tures white and navy blue bed linen, oil paint­ings of sail­ing ships and win­dows that over­look London’s sky­line. In the morn­ings, I quite en­joyed watch­ing the bus­tle of May­fair from my liv­ing room as I sipped on tea and read the news. Each of the ho­tel’s sig­na­ture suites are unique — some of them in­clude The Prince’s Lodge (or­nate Is­lamic de­sign) suite, The Ter­race (fea­tur­ing the largest ter­race in May­fair) suite and The Li­brary (luxe space for book-lovers) suite.

RESTAU­RANTS AND BARS I en­joyed a meal at Jean-Ge­orges at The Con­naught, an in­for­mal gourmet din­ing restau­rant that serves Bri­tish clas­sics and sig­na­ture South­east Asian flavours. On the menu was a well-done beef ten­der­loin steak with roasted car­rots and miso mus­tard sauce that I rel­ished with a 2014 Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon from Château La Coste in Provence, France. Break­fast is also served here. French chef Hélène Dar­roze has an in­ti­mate two Miche­lin­starred restau­rant at the ho­tel called Hélène Dar­roze at The Con­naught. The Con­naught Bar, The Coburg Bar and Cham­pagne Room (fea­tur­ing rare wines and spir­its) are the ho­tel’s lounges.

MEET­ING FA­CIL­I­TIES An iconic func­tion space — The May­fair Room (151 sqm) — is re­garded as the first ball­room to be built in May­fair. Other venues in­clude Maple Room (99 sqm), Re­gency Room (40 sqm) and Car­los Room (40 sqm). LEISURE FA­CIL­I­TIES The Aman Spa here is the first one of its kind to be built out­side Aman re­sorts. There is also a 60 sqm swim­ming pool that has ionised wa­ter. The fit­ness cen­tre boasts of the lat­est in Techn­o­gym equip­ment.

VER­DICT There is no dearth of lux­ury ho­tels in London, how­ever The Con­naught stands out thanks to its ami­able hospi­tal­ity and ex­cep­tional F&B.

TESTED BY

Ravi Lal­wani

HOW MANY ROOMS?

121 rooms and suites.

HIGH­LIGHTS

View from my suite and meal at Jean-Ge­orges at The Con­naught.

PRICE

In­ter­net rates for a mid­week stay in a Su­pe­rior Queen Sin­gle room in mid-De­cem­ber started from £480/`42,302.

CON­TACT

The Con­naught, Car­los Place, May­fair, London; tel: +44 20 7499 7070; the-con­naught.co.uk

☑ FREE WIFI

☑ 24hr ROOM SER­VICE

☑ 24hr GYM

☑ 2 RESTAU­RANTS

☑ 3 BARS

☑ 7 MEET­ING ROOMS

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