On a quiet street off Grosvenor Square, The Connaught is arguably a
classier alternative to Claridge’s in London’s popular Mayfair
The lobby, with a roaring fire on chilly days and warm mahogany
paneling, aims to feel like home if home is an elegant country
manor rich with antiques. Last year The Connaught and sister London
hotels The Berkeley and Claridge’s were bought by Quinlan Private
investment group, which regrouped the three under the Maybourne
Hotel Group brand.
The new owners are planning the addition of 35 new rooms and
suites at The Connaught, as well as an upgraded spa. While recent
upgrades have given the hotel a contemporary look, there are still
plenty of touches of “olde” England, such as the damask and chintz
furnishings, and paintings of hunting scenes. Built in 1897, the
hotel is, after all, more than 100 years old. Still, the atmosphere
is not stuffy or intimidating.
The penthouse is particularly traditional, but offers plenty of
square footage with a large living room and separate bedroom.
French doors open to the narrow terrace, which overlooks London,
and offers a perfect setting for breakfast or an intimate dinner on
a summer night.
Even nicer is the more modern front-corner suite, which can be
connected with another double or single room. The expansive living
room can be set up for small meetings.
Tucked behind the lobby, the American Bar is a quiet spot for
those who don’t want to be seen. But The Connaught Bar, with its
modern take on Edwardian style, is a great place for a late-night
The Connaught is a perfect hotel for off-season visitors looking
for a particularly English experience.
Hits: Great suites; a lovely mahogany spiral
staircase that looks like something out of an old Hitchcock film.
Climb to the top and look down.
Misses: No business center, though guests can
use one at a neighboring hotel. Internet service in rooms costs
more than $20 per hour.