Hotel Amenities You Never Knew You Needed

by Cathay Che

Speech Butlers, The Lanesborough, London

So, you're going to London to give a presentation that could make or break your career. What you need is the stage presence of Colin Firth; what you have is a bad case of stage fright that makes you sound like Firth's George VI in The King's Speech. The solution? Book a room at the Lanesborough. While 24/7 butler service is de rigueur at many top-tier hotels, the personal aides-de-camp at this 95-room hotel near Buckingham Palace really get down to business. After unpacking your suitcases and sending a suit off to be pressed, your steward will help you to rehearse and refine that big speech. You can also count on him—or her—to fetch a laptop (all guest rooms have free Internet access), a cup of Earl Grey to soothe your jangled nerves (the Lanesborough, by the way, is home to England's first tea sommelier), and ensure that a chauffeured Rolls-Royce Phantom is there to convey you to the meeting on time and in style. Now that's what we call the royal treatment.

The Lanesborough
London, England
Tel: 44 20 7259 5599
Rooms start at about $790 per night; butler service is complimentary.

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