The Beaumont – Mayfair, W1
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It was always going to be great. The first hotel from restaurant supremos Corbin & King was a glossy, stylish hit from the moment it opened in 2014. Many Hotel of the Year awards later – and now under new ownership – it is still private and still independent. The Beaumont is a classy joint (chequerboard lobby floor, early 20th-century paintings, gleaming antiques) yet also intimate. The muralled Colony Grill Room is relaxed, sophisticated, New York-style dining at its best, serving timeless transatlantic classics, while the walnut-panelled, book-lined Magritte Bar is the place to be seen for pre-dinner cocktails (live jazz sessions take place three nights a week). The 50 art deco-themed rooms and 23 suites are handsome, sensible and supremely comfortable: the showstopper is Antony Gormley’s ROOM, a three-story architectural extension and public artwork from the outside, and an extraordinary one-bedroom suite of dark fumed oak within. There’s also the added luxury of the 1920s-style Hamam and Spa, inspired by the Turkish baths at the RAC Club in London and the original New York YMCA.
Doubles from £470
+44 (0)20 7499 1001; thebeaumont.com