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The Cavendish Hotel offers four-star luxury in the heart of Mayfair, an exclusive London district brimming with exquisite shops, Victorian town houses, famed restaurants and historic monuments. The hotel in it’s previous incarnation was originally owned by Rosa Lewis, who worked her way up from her position as a kitchen maid, to owner of the Cavendish Hotel thus ensuring her entry into upper-class social circles. The Cavendish was rebuilt in the 1960s to become the modern institution it is today.
Rooms range from Classic to the Penthouse Suite if your visit calls for the utmost luxury. Rooms are comfortable and spacious (a definite plus for London hotels) with stylish contemporary furnishings in earth tones with bright colour accents, and bathrooms outfitted by designers Villeroy and Boch. Amenities are carefully chosen to ensure your needs, whether technological and comfort oriented, are met. IPod docking stations, Prija toiletries, an LCD TV with pay per view movies, a power shower, hairdryer and Internet access (at a small fee) are included in all rooms.
Service is highly praised at the hotel, whether the staff are offering you a room upgrade for a special occasion, leaving a complimentary birthday cake in your room or braving the rain to hail you a taxi, they appear to go above and beyond the call of duty to make your stay special. Facilities in the hotel are well renowned and the Cavendish Restaurant has received an AA Rosette for its imaginative contemporary menu. If you want a lighter snack, you can enjoy afternoon tea or quench your thirst in the hotel bar. The hotel doesn’t' have a gym, but an LA Fitness gym is very close to the hotel and offers favourable rates for hotel guests.
The hotel is located in Mayfair, a very well to do area of London, where the designer shops and Michelin starred restaurants reflect the affluence of the inhabitants. This may mean that if you're on a budget you may have to stick to window-shopping in the many designer stores in the area, but Bond Street, Regent Street and Savile Row are worth exploring even if you can't afford the couture on offer. Fortnum & Mason food shop next door is a British institution, which has served the monarchy since Victorian times. Their locally sourced produce, rooftop apiary and mouthwatering selection of teas, cakes and hampers makes this a must see for foodies. If all that decadence has made you feel like royalty, why not stroll down to Buckingham Palace to live out the fantasy. The staterooms are open to view for two months of the year, but if you miss this you can see the daily Changing of the Guard ceremony.
The hotel is also very well located for transport; situated just a six-minute walk from Green Park tube station, which services the Jubilee, Victoria and Piccadilly lines. From here you have direct links to Victoria Station (where the Gatwick Express Train terminates); King's Cross St Pancras Station (where the Eurostar terminates); and Heathrow Airport, which can be reached via the Piccadilly line. If you are driving to the hotel, it is situated just off the main A4 road, which can be accessed via the M4 and M25; however, guests should note that the hotel is in the congestion charge zone.
If you are travelling with a family, the Cavendish is very family friendly and there are lots of activities for children in the surrounding area. If you are mobility impaired, it is worth noting that there is no elevator to the 15th floor where the Suites are located, however, rooms on the higher floors facing the south side of the hotel do offer the best views, so request these on check in.