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Opened in 1955 by polo playing dynasty the Phipps family, The Westbury Hotel retains its mid-century glamour, whilst providing all the modern comforts guests require. The hotel’s has a prime location on Bond Street in London's fashion district and a wide selection of contemporary couturiers and world-renowned, Saville Row tailors are nearby, making the hotel an ideal location for fashion shows by Jean Paul Gaultier and Anna Roza. Aside from fashion luminaries such as Vivienne Westwood, guests have included Princes and Princesses, and political dignitaries such as Carla Bruni Sarkozy and Mikhail Gorbachev. The hotel recently revisited its polo-playing roots by hosting the Cartier 25th International Day, so if you choose to stay here you could find yourself mingling with some very elite company.
Rooms are well appointed and tastefully decorated. These range from Superior King and Queen Rooms, to a selection of suites, which all have panoramic views over one of London's most ornate areas; to the Penthouse, which offers a walk in wardrobe and private butler service. In-room amenities include a direct dial telephone with voicemail, DVD and CD player, a flat screen HD-TV and bath products from Molton Brown.
Although breakfast and Internet are available at a surcharge (where other, similarly priced hotels have provided these inclusive in the room cost), hotel services are extensive and reflect the five star status, with 24-hour room service, laundry and concierge; express check in and out; a car service and airport transfer; and even a stylist and shop assistant available. With the range of designer shops in nearby Bond Street, Oxford Circus, Regent Street and Piccadilly, and with Harrods and Harvey Nichols department stores in nearby Kensington, these services may prove to be invaluable. The enormous Hamleys toy store is just a five-minute walk away, which will delight any children staying at the hotel.
For guests who wish to learn about the historical significance of the area, you can visit the Handel House museum, where composer George Frederic Handel, one of the area's prolific residents lived (curiously, Jimi Hendrix lived on the same street at a later date). You can also peruse The Wallace Collection art gallery, which was founded by descendants of King Henry VIII's favourite wife Jane Seymour. Regal residences Buckingham Palace and Marlborough House are within 15 minutes walk and you are well placed to experience London's Theatreland, with the London Palladium, Criterion and Piccadilly theatres nearby.
You will also be spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants. You are minutes from the trendy restaurants such as Sketch and Meatliquor, and cheaper options such as Nagomi, Pizza Express and Busaba Eathai. The hotel has two restaurants if you don't feel like exploring, The Westbury, which serves progressive French cuisine and Tsujiki Sushi, which can be a pricy option, so Hotel Assist recommends visiting Chisou just around the corner. The hotel's Polo Bar was voted 'Best Hotel Bar of the Year 2010' and has a reputation for being a fun and vibrant venue where you can enjoy a unique cocktail. Guests should be aware that the hotel abides by the American drinking age limit and under-21s are not allowed in the bar after 6pm.
With the ultimate central London location, you can easily reach the hotel by car, bus, and train or from overseas. Oxford Circus and Bond Street tube stations are just five minutes walk from the hotel. Bond Street services the Central and Jubilee lines, from which you can explore other parts of London with ease. Oxford Circus tube station services the Central, Victoria and Bakerloo lines; from here you have a direct link to Victoria Station (where the Gatwick Airport Express terminates); Paddington Station (where the Heathrow Airport Express train terminates); and you are just one a one-stop transfer to the Piccadilly line where you can travel directly to Heathrow Airport. If you are driving to the hotel, The Westbury is accessible via the main A4 road from the M4 and M25; however Congestion Charges apply. Parking is available at the NCP Car Park in Berners Street, which is a ten-minute walk from the hotel.
The Westbury Hotel is one of Mayfair's more expensive accommodation options and there are better, more individual choices in the area for less cost; however, if you are looking for old world elegance and friendly service you can't go wrong. The hotel's suites do offer a higher class of room, however, few luxury extras are offered considering the hike in price from the cheaper rooms, so it may not be worth splashing out. Occasional upgrades are also offered for a small fee and guests are advised to request a room on one of the upper floors, which have been renovated more recently than those on the lower floors.