irbnb is all well and good, and we suppose a Travelodge does the job. But where’s the fun in that? When it comes to holidays, there is nothing like splashing out on a five-star hotel. That being said, there’s splashing out, and then there’s splashing out. London, as one of the world’s hospitality capitals, is littered with hotels of unrivalled grandeur, service and amenities. They’ll also cost you the equivalent of a small house deposit for a one-night stay.
We have compiled a list of the most expensive accommodation that money can buy, including nightly rate, suite size, and price per square metre to gauge an accurate impression of quality. Trust us, it is a list that will render the mention of ‘Premier Inn’ abhorrent forever after.
10. The Apartment at The Connaught: £16,000, 285 sqm
£56.14 per sqm
Gwyneth Paltrow loved the Apartment at the Connaught so much that she ordered the same lacquered dressing table for her own home. Designed by the late David Collins, the suite is a serene space in blue and white. Entering through a set of magnificent carved doors, you will find a long hallway leading to the living room, with its high-pitched ceilings and marble fireplace. The two bedrooms are suffused with natural light and dotted with original artworks, and the wrap-around balcony yields bird’s-eye views over Mayfair’s Carlos Place.
9. The Penthouse at 45 Park Lane: £10,000, 170 sqm
£58.82 per sqm
When measured per square metre, the price of 45 Park Lane’s premier suite actually trumps that of its sister hotel The Dorchester, whose Harlequin Penthouse missed out on this list by one place. The ten-grand-a-night Penthouse offers its guests the entire top floor of the hotel, accessed by private lift, where they are greeted by panoramic 360-degree views of Hyde Park and the surrounding areas. A personal terrace wraps around 170 sqm of Art Deco design, which incorporates soft fabrics, sensual curves and mirrored surfaces.
8. Royal Suite by Gucci at The Savoy: £15,875, 265 sqm
£59.90 per sqm
Did you know that Guccio Gucci started his career as a luggage porter at The Savoy, an experience that inspired him to start his eponymous luxury leather goods company? To celebrate Gucci’s 100 year anniversary, the fashion house partnered with the hotel to kit out its Royal Suite – an Edwardian fantasy adorned with marble, wood panelling, crown moulding, and chandeliers. The result is stunning and costly in equal measure. For nearly 16 grand-a-night guests are privy to pieces by the Gucci Décor Collection, art and antiquities curated by Christie’s, unparalleled views of the Thames, a stately four-poster bed, a marble-clad bathroom and an opulent dressing room with cedar-lined wardrobes.
7. Bulgari Suite I at the Bulgari Hotel: £16,000, 264 sqm
£60.60 per sqm
The Bulgari Suites all offer king-size beds, combined steam and shower rooms, and museum-quality furnishings. The most expensive is Bulgari Suite I, which features an oversized living area with an open fireplace, an adjoining dining room to host eight, and a custom-made Bulgari Bar. In the Marquina marble bathroom you will find a free-standing bathtub and an onyx marble rain shower. Meanwhile, views across Knightsbridge and Hyde Park from the terrace are unparalleled.
6. Royal Suite at Claridge's: £14,000, 223 sqm
£62.78 per sqm
The Claridge's Royal Suite does luxury in an old-school, in-your-face sort of way, and has the price point to match. Regal and historical motifs abound throughout, from design elements reflecting the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, to an original Gilbert and Sullivan grand piano in the lounge, and hand-painted national flowers by the artisans of de Gournay lining the dining room. Add round-the-clock butler service and it comes as no surprise that Claridge’s top accommodation clocks in as one of the most expensive in London.
5. The Kipling Suite at Brown's Hotel: £6,500, 90 sqm
£72.22 per sqm
Brown’s Hotel, established in 1837, is considered one of London’s oldest, but is anything but stuffy. Its punchy design is the work of Olga Polizzi, who also brought in a covetable collection of contemporary art to complement the original architecture. The Kipling Suite, named after Rudyard Kipling, includes various nods to The Jungle Book author from a monkey statue to floral hand-painted Lewis & Wood wallpaper. The grand entrance hall gives way to the sitting room, off which you will find the beautifully-appointed bedroom, and the Italian Arabescato marble bathroom is also rather special.
4. Crescent Pavilion Penthouse at The Berkeley: £16,000, 220 sqm
£72.72 per sqm
For a hotel that has been a London institution for over a century, the Crescent Pavilion Penthouse is breathtakingly modern thanks to a complete refit by interior designer André Fu. Housed within a glass pavilion whose doors slide back for an immersive indoor-outdoor experience, the suite features two living rooms, a bar and a dining area for eight in earthy tones of sage and stone with accents of bronze, silver and gold. The terrace is wrap-around, meaning that guests can choose between Belgravia or Hyde Park views.
3. The Royal Suite at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park: price on request, 242 sqm
£74.38 per sqm
The nightly rate of the Mandarin Oriental’s Royal Suite is disclosed on request, however, The Telegraph has reported it at £18,000. Working on this assumption, the suite is among the priciest in the capital. The three-bed space, which also boasts a kitchen and a dining room for ten, is filled with luxurious touches such as Maya Romanoff wallpaper, a bespoke rock crystal chandelier, and a restored original fireplace. The master bedroom features a vanity area framed by Lalique crystal lights and lies adjacent to a bathroom with a steam room. The suite also enjoys private butler service.
2. The Royal Suite at The Goring: £8,500, 111 sqm
£76.57 per sqm
The Goring is the only hotel in the world to hold a Royal Warrant granted by The Queen. Kate Middleton stayed here on the eve of her wedding to Prince William, and the five-star establishment was a favourite of the Queen Mother. These regal connotations are embodied in the Royal Suite, which features a sitting room, dining room, two bedrooms, and a bathroom. The devil is in the details with touches such as Georgian glassware, royal artefacts from handwritten letters to military regalia, and a green silk wall covering identical to that used in the Titanic’s dining room.
1. Manor House Suite at Rosewood London: £20,000, 208 sqm
£96.15 per sqm
Taking the accolade of London’s most expensive hotel room is Rosewood London on High Holborn. The restored Edwardian mansion is bursting with architectural detail, and the Manor House Suite is the jewel in the crown – it is a veritable treasure trove of curiosities including trinkets, books and sculptures. The bathroom is a standout, featuring a freestanding marble tub as a focal point to the lacquered space. If you need more bedrooms, the Manor House Suite can be connected with six additional rooms to become the Manor House Wing – a space with its very own postcode!