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St. James's Hotel and Club ****
7-8 Park Place St. James's, London SW1, UK.

A jewel of a self described 5 star "townhouse hotel" tucked down a small, quiet cul-de-sac just off Mayfair that continues as a gentlemen's club but is now admitting non-members in a lovingly restored and remodeled red painted brick Victorian house as it is now also a hotel. Discreet, tranquil and very comfortable, this luxurious 60 room hotel and club is tucked away on a small side street in the heart of Mayfair within walking distance of everything from the Palace to Fortnums, from Lock's to Green Park, from the Piccadilly Arcade to Berry Bros & Rudd Wine Merchants.

Peter and Linda D'Aprix 2009

Exterior Tea Bedroom Jr. Suite

Working within the confines of smallish spaces, the designers have created a soothing grouping of rooms with excellent modern bathrooms, many suites some with outdoor terraces; it hosts 60 rooms and suites, every one decorated individually. Muted colors typify the rooms while the public areas feature whimsy in the bar, yellows and ochres in the intimate dining room, some Chinese touches in the bar/dining room Barand extending subtly to the main lounge with a fire place and a library feel.

Formerly open to just club members, the doors are open to non-members with the new management. Great place to crash at after a long flight, meet business colleagues or just enjoy as a base of operations for business or pleasure.

Part of the luxury Althoff Hotel Collection, whose Villa Belrose in St. Tropez we have written about in previous years, this charming boutique hotel exudes the fine tradition of classic British hostelry that seeps from it walls absorbed from the many generations of Britons who have used it as their "town digs". But, at the same time, it has woven into its new fabric a contemporary and international flavor as well. The cuisine is excellent and an added bonus.

Photo Dining roomThe restaurant menu is filled with Mediterranean and Asian flavors and fresh and contemporary additions to the menus as the chef is inspired from the different seasons and what is especially fresh or interesting from his suppliers. So whether you are from the far East, Mid East, the US or Europe, you will find a dish that will please. Sadly, the kitchen was closed the one night we could be at the hotel, but the chef on duty prepared an extremely delicious dinner of organic chicken that was unsurpassed for flavor and tenderness. It was accompanied with perfectly cooked baby carrots and beans with golden roast potatoes. If this meal is anything to go by, not to mention the "Afternoon Tea (below)", then the main menu (click here) must be a delight.

TeaEven that most British of afternoon scrumptiousness, the "afternoon tea" has been given a whole new life particular to St. James's. No cress or cucumber finger sandwiches with stale sweets here. Oh no! Each month the "tea" is created based on a theme of an event taking place in the kingdom. When we were there it was Ascot Racing with horse motifs and a burning candle in the form of a bottle of champagne gracing the top level of goodies. The next day it was Wimbledon.

This is a "townhouse" hotel and so does not have the physical room for some of the feature or larger hotels, but all their guests have Complimentary Access to the nearby Mayfair Hotels Gym for those to whom walking or running Green Park does not quite do it.

St. James's Hotel and Club****
7-8 Park Place St. James's
London SW1A 1LS. UK
Tel.: +44 (0) 207 316 1600
Part of the Althoff Hotel Group
Member Small Luxury Hotels



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