Brown’s hotel review – luxury hotel for families in London
It’s official. East Yorkshire is taking over the world thanks to David Hockney’s A Bigger Picture exhibition at London’s Royal Academy, where thousands of visitors from across the globe are falling in love with the region through his eyes every day.
We took a trip to the capital to see this once-in-a-lifetime event and wanted somewhere equally special to stay.
We found it in the city’s oldest hotel, Brown’s, which is just a short stroll from the gallery and located in the heart of fashionable Mayfair.
Part of the internationally renowned Rocco Forte family, the hotel was a partner of the exhibition and had an offer including tickets, accommodation, breakfast, and lunch or supper.
We were treated like VIPs from arrival – and not just because we happen to hail from the artist’s adopted homeland – excellent service is provided to all guests, including our two-year-old son, who was welcomed like family in the gorgeous “HIX” restaurant, the decadent English Tea Room and the sumptuous Donovan Bar.
Even the hotel’s spa is not off limits to children, as teenagers are invited in to enjoy treatments created just for them.
FactfileAccommodation: Brown’s Hotel, Albermarle Street, Mayfair, London.Call: 0207 4936020.Web: www.brownshotel.com
We stayed in a signature suite – the Albermarle – which had been specially prepared for our boy.
There he found toys, a balloon, a teddy bear and more, while we appreciated the exquisite touches for the grown-ups, such as the beautiful design, the luxurious furniture and linen, the fresh flowers in every room and the incredibly high standards of presentation.
It was almost too good to leave and when we did return, Brown’s again delighted us, bringing warm milk and cookies for our boy at bedtime and delivering a fabulous meal for us to enjoy after he had gone to bed.
A birthday cake for me at breakfast the next morning only added to what had already been an exceptional stay.
We made it back home door-to-door in less than three hours, already missing the plush surroundings, not least the huge bed which had felt like slipping into a giant fluffy cloud at the end of a hectic day.
Brown’s head concierge has a motto: “Once a guest of Brown’s, always a guest of Brown’s”, by which he means he and his team are always happy to help, even if you are not currently staying with them.
Now it has become our motto – but for a different reason, because when in London, we don’t plan on staying anywhere else.