A staycation at The Beaumont Hotel in London

The Beaumont is an amazing hotel - from the unique suite I stayed in to the delicious lunch I had at The Colony Grill Room.

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On Monday, I left my flat in south London to check into The Beaumont Hotel for a luxury staycation. I’m a globetrotter and always travelling to a new destination for my work as a food and travel writer at Mondomulia

Visiting different hotels for work and sleeping in the vast majority of them never gets old for me. The novelty of staying in a luxury suite is a certain privilege.

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My stay at The Beaumont was no different and I was delighted with everything I experienced in the hotel. My unique suite was spectacular and quite unlike any other. The lunch at The Colony Grill Room was fantastic and the extras such as the spa and in-room dining were experiences I won’t be forgetting in a hurry.

The Location

The Beaumont Hotel is situated on a quiet garden square in the heart of Mayfair, just three minutes away from Bond Street station, yet secluded from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street. It was opened in 2014 by Jeremy King and Chris Corbin, two businessmen behind the Corbin & King restaurant group. Over the past 30 years, the duo has created some of the most iconic and beautiful restaurants in London, such as The Wolseley, The Delaunay and Brasserie Zedel (my favourite French brasserie in London). It’s not a surprise then, that their first foray into the world of luxury hotels would prove so successful.

The Beaumont Hotel London

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The Lobby

On arrival, guests are welcomed by the concierge and front of house staff in an intimate and inviting lobby, inspired by the great Art Deco hotels of the 1920s.

On the left-hand side, there’s the Cub Room, a lounge bar and sitting room open all day to hotel residents only. On the right, a staircase leads you down a floor to the gymnasium and spa. Never one to miss an opportunity to relax, I made time the next morning to try all the beautiful spa facilities (steam room, sauna, cold plunge pool and relaxation area) that are available to hotel guests for free.

Art Deco inspired hotel lobby of the Beaumont Hotel London

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The Restaurant

The Beaumont Hotel includes a bar and restaurant, The Colony Grill Room. The menu takes inspiration from the traditional grill rooms of London and New York, with a mix of British and American dishes. For lunch, I ordered a heart-warming chicken pot pie, with a side of creamed spinach and courgette fries. What I love about The Colony Grill Room (and all Corbin & King restaurants) is that it does comfort food in an elegant setting. To add a touch of glam to my Monday afternoon, I chose a Negroni from the cocktail menu. I couldn’t leave without coffee and dessert, though the decadent dark chocolate cake was so rich I had to ask for a takeaway box.

The Colony Grill Room at the Beaumont Hotel London

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The ROOM

After a lovely lunch, I sauntered up to my room. There are 50 rooms and 23 suites at The Beaumont, including the 91 metre² Roosevelt Suite on the 5th floor with a large terrace and views over Brown Hart Gardens, and the Gormley Suite, in which I was lucky enough to stay for the night.

The official name of this suite is ROOM by Antony Gormley – a creative mix of bedroom and piece of art. Mayfair hotels are required by the council to display and promote art, so Corbin and King commissioned British sculptor and Turner Prize winner Antony Gormley to create a habitable sculpture at the top of the 1926 A Listed Art Deco building.

I walked through the shiny white marble bathroom and up the stairs leading into the ROOM. It felt like walking from light to dark, or from day to night. I stepped inside and looked up the 10 metre high, cave-like space and I felt far away from everything – fully immersed in the dark space. Gormley’s idea behind the bespoke sculpture was to encourage the guest to withdraw from the busy world outside and enjoy a meditative pause. It certainly felt that way for me, as I woke up the next morning feeling fully rested after a deep sleep.

The ROOM at the Beaumont Hotel London

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My Experience

I decided to have breakfast in my room the next morning – after all I had a whole suite to myself so why not? The breakfast is ordered from The Colony Grill Room’s à la carte menu. Both the full English and buttermilk pancakes were very tempting, and so was the viennoiserie basket made up of French pastries freshly baked in-house. In the end, I opted for a lighter breakfast of scrambled eggs and mushrooms with a rich sourdough bread, as well as coconut yoghurt with homemade nutty granola. Everything tasted great and was served warm in a heated trolley. I already want to go back to The Colony Grill Room to try the pancakes, and I would definitely order the granola again.

Breakfast in bed at the Beaumont Hotel London

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After breakfast, it was time to leave the wonderful hotel and return to my everyday life. I was very impressed by the attention to detail and all the little touches that added so much to my hotel stay, from The Beaumont chocolate bars left on the table after turndown to the jogging map prepared for the guests. The bespoke stationary, postcards, and the fantastic toiletries from DR Harris & Co Ltd. (a traditional Chemists’ shop in Mayfair) all helped to create a truly special stay.

The Beaumont evokes elegance, luxury and personalised hospitality in a way that only a few hotels are able to achieve. This level of service and the enviable location come at a high price, as would be expected, but it’s definitely worth it for a luxurious stay in London.

 

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