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Claridge's, London

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
London, England, Europe: Claridge's
Brook Street
Tel: 44 207 629 8860's insider take:

Claridge's hotel is a 203-room Victorian classic with a number of high-profile collaborations under its belt. Most recently, it's been cozying up to fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, who in June 2010 enlivened five of the hotel's rooms and suites with her signature bold florals and animal prints. Previously, NYC über-decorator Thierry Despont created the Deco foyer with its giant Murano glass Medusa head chandelier; London über-decorator David Collins did the rock-and-fashion–hangout cocktail bar with its adjunct Macanudo Fumoir; and the Queen's nephew, David Linley, designed two suites (one Art Deco; one traditional late 19th-century). The other rooms are Mae West meets Louis XV, with Hollywood brocades and straight-up English country chintz, or wood-paneled-and-tartan Scottish castle, their formality softened by a faint but distinct aura of decadence. There's also Gordon Ramsay restaurant, a La Prairie spa-ette, and a ton of extra services on request—because hip as it may be (Kate Moss celebrated her 30th birthday here), Claridge's remains one of this city's exemplary grand hotels.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Overall Score: 88.5
  • Design: 85.3
  • Food: 86.5
  • Location: 93.0
  • Rooms: 87.9
  • Service: 89.8
"Steeped in historical grandeur," this landmark around the corner from shop-lined Mount Street combines Art Deco and Victorian styles for "design-magazine perfection." From the lobby with a Dale Chihuly chandelier, guests move on to rooms with antique fireplace mantles; in summer 2010, the property unveiled a series of Diane von Furstenberg–designed quarters. Afternoon tea is "a must." The staff's "cordiality, comfort, and discretion are worth every penny."

(203 rooms)
—2011 Gold List

Amenities: Spa

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