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Radisson Edwardian Mayfair Hotel (London)

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Address: Stratton Street / London / W1J 8LT / England

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      07.02.2009 20:50
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      A fantastic place to stay for a treat

      The Radisson Edwardian Mayfair is a hotel that I have had the pleasure to stay at on a few occasions now. The hotel has stood in its current location since 1927, however it is only within the last decade that it has been owned by Radisson Edwardian and has recently undergone a large refurbishment. The refurbishment was said to have cost seventy million pounds and having stayed in the hotel before and after I honestly think that it was well worth it. My review is based on my last stay at this hotel. *The hotel - first impressions* The hotel is located in up market Mayfair and is in walking distance of Bond street, Piccadilly circus and Green park. There are excellent transport links and the location is just around the corner from Green Park tube station. On arrival in our taxi, we arrived outside the large and grand looking building to be greeted by the doorman whom promptly greeted us from our taxi and collected our bags. We were ushered through the doors and into a large reception lobby which is a large, airy and well designed foyer which is furnished in designer ranges. The reception staff were very friendly and dealt with our check in very promptly but efficiently. Considering the grandeur of the hotel, I was very pleased to find the receptionists friendly and welcoming and not as snooty as they can be in similar venues. *Our room* We had booked a deluxe double room and we were very pleased with the room that greeted us. The room was large and lived up to its promise of space. There was a large king size bed, with beautifully designed furniture such as chairs, tables and a dressing table/desk area. The décor was subtle and modern whilst the bed proved to be comfortable and inviting with a plentiful amount plum pillows and extra scatter cushions. There were the standard extras such as internet access, television, premium sound system and mini bar. One of the features that I particularly liked about this room was the walk in wardrobe which was reached by a door leading off from the bedroom. Here, was a plentiful space for hanging clothes plus the availability of a trouser press. This was indeed a wonderful feature and I would love to have one at home too. The bathroom was modern and well designed. There was a bath, separate shower and amazingly enough a television! To my delight there was also a good selection of premium toiletries for our use. During our two night stay we found the room to be very comfortable and were very impressed at the lack of road noise from the nearby busy road. The deluxe room was definitely worth the extra money. *The bar and restaurant* There are two bars in the hotel - The Mayfair bar and the Amba bar . The Amba bar is a relatively small but comfortable area with table service as expected from a five star hotel. There was a good range of drinks available along with a complimentary bowl of mixed nuts. The service here was again very friendly yet not intrusive. The prices were relatively high but then again I was sat in a Mayfair five star hotel drinking champagne cocktails. The grill area was in the same style of décor - elegant yet chic and contemporary. We ate here on a Saturday night and although it was quite busy, the staff were fast and efficient with no long waits for food or service. The food was of an excellent standard and tasted delicious. Obviously, dining in central London is not cheap, therefore as expected, the prices were quite high but well worth the extra expense for a luxury treat. The Mayfair bar is apparently voted as one of London's best bars and I can see why. The bar oozes style and sophistication. There are a number of drinks available and a to class cocktail menu. I enjoyed my few hours here by admiring the bar tenders mojito making skills and he received much praise for this. There is also food on offer though we did not eat here as we chose to eat in the Amber grill and there are a large selection of seats ranging from bar side to individual tables. this is a very chic bar with mood lighting and a great atmosphere. Breakfast ~ We opted for breakfast in bed on both mornings after some long evenings in the bars! The service was excellent again. The food delivery was on time and the English breakfast was well delivered with tasty and premium products with fresh coffee, pastries and freshly squeezed juices. *Other services* Although we didn't use them, the hotel also offers a spa, gym and a casino. In the spa, there are a number of packages and treatments available for both men and women. *To summarise* This was a high quality and costly hotel. For a two night stay in a double deluxe room and excluding any food, drink or mini bar that we used this cost us just over four hundred pounds. Unless you are loaded with money, this will be a very enjoyable luxury treat. The rooms are luxurious and enjoyable whilst the bars and restaurants are a pleasure to relax and dine in. Again, on the costly side but this is a hotel where you have to loosen your purse strings with confidence to really be able to enjoy your stay. A highly recommended hotel and I am very pleased to say that aside from the price tags, I cannot fault it.

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