For a hotel so renowned for its classical elegance and old-fashioned opulence, The Ritz presented Britain with a lot of firsts. It was the first hotel to provide en suite bathrooms, and the first to... Read More
For a hotel so renowned for its classical elegance and old-fashioned opulence, The Ritz presented Britain with a lot of firsts. It was the first hotel to provide en suite bathrooms, and the first to allow ladies to enter unescorted (hence its explosively popular afternoon teas). And that same spirit has remained to this day – you just may have to dig through some foie gras and gold leaf to find it. The Ritz's signature suites are exquisitely maintained monuments to beauty and detail, and spending a night in one is the stuff of life-long aspirations. A flurry of marble, gilt and champagne, The Ritz's take on accommodation is more Louis the IV than hip boutique (you can head east for that), and its newly renovated William Kent Wing is a hidden treasure which has housed dignitaries and celebrities. (A stay there comes with Rolls Royce airport pickup.)
London, W1J 9BR
- Best for Luxury Hotels Because: Downstairs, cocktail bar Rivoli, The Palm Court, and The Restaurant remain iconic in their own right.
- Best for Romantic Hotels Because: The Ritz is a byword for luxury and therefore romance. You could say it invented the concept.
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