London: The Stafford Hotel

This was my second time staying at The Stafford London off of Green Park.  I had stayed there last September to see if we would recommend it to our valued clients with King and Whitson Travel, but this time I chose it without looking at any other options.  You literally feel like you are in the quintessential English hotel…a beautiful home away from home.

The Stafford’s staff is the key to your whole stay.  We have an AMAZING relationship with the reservation team at The Stafford to help us coordinate all the details of your stay.  They were so helpful with all room requests and the complexities of changing our reservation after the unexpected death of my mother who was to be joining me.  They were brilliant in handling all the details of our vacation. Literally, all of the staff is top notch.  They are attentive to every need, and they want you to feel at home.  The dining team is wonderful…those in the beautiful Lyttelton restaurant and in the amazing American Bar…all are excellent at service and care of their guests.

 A delicious welcome from The Stafford!

A delicious welcome from The Stafford!

The rooms are modern yet cozy in that way we Americans all envision England.  It is not an “Americanized” place…it is English and is all we want when we visit the “motherland.”  We walk into our two adjoining rooms, not adjoined by a connecting door but by a literal foyer where we can leave the doors open and experience our own home.  The bathrooms are modern and huge, a very nice feature in a European hotel.  Our room is in the more modern building, but the hotel boasts the mews (amazing former horse stalls) that have been converted into beautiful suites for their guests.  Both the modern building and the mews look out onto a private courtyard for the hotel.  The front of the hotel faces a road at a cul-de-sac so that the noise of downtown London is muted all night long…amazing!  From that cul-de-sac you can walk through an alley, almost secretive and hidden, that leads you straight out into the beautiful Green Park and the Tube if you wish to explore London.  A short walk to your left takes you to Buckingham Palace within 10 minutes.  The location is absolutely prime.

 The Mews (former horse stalls converted into lovely rooms) and the gorgeous courtyard to enjoy a cocktail after a day of touring.

The Mews (former horse stalls converted into lovely rooms) and the gorgeous courtyard to enjoy a cocktail after a day of touring.

We were welcomed to bottles of red wine exclusively bottled for The Stafford.  Do NOT miss a tour of their wine cellar…exquisite!!!  For history buffs, The Stafford's wine cellar was once used as a bunker for American soldiers during World War II - you can still see many of the artifacts there.  

 The wine cellar...once a WWII bunker

The wine cellar...once a WWII bunker

Rooms either feature two twins or a king with a large sitting area.  Again, the size of these rooms are quite large for anywhere in Europe.  There is a lovely fireplace and floor to ceiling windows looking out at their magnificent courtyard.  On the first night after a long day of exploring Salisbury, Windsor Castle and Stonehenge, I soaked in the large tub with these amazing bath salts which I instantly know I HAVE to ask how to purchase!  All of their bath products are provided by Floris, a company with hundreds of years of experience creating exclusive scents for its clients.

 A bright cheery room with a sitting area and plenty of space

A bright cheery room with a sitting area and plenty of space

The dining is far above what you would expect in the quantity, choices, and amazing quality.  The breakfast is a favorite among locals!  We also used our dining credit (an exclusive Virtuoso amenity through King and Whitson Travel!) to dine in their restaurant for our pre-theatre dinner.  The set theatre menu is perfect and is sent out in a very timely manner so I could take my children to the Lion King by its 7:00pm start.  Afternoon tea is also available, and it has been noted as one of the best offerings in the city.

 My daughter enjoying a milkshake before seeing The Lion King in the West End.

My daughter enjoying a milkshake before seeing The Lion King in the West End.

Overall, I cannot say enough about my experience at The Stafford.  Honestly, it would be hard to choose another place to call home when I visit London in the future.  The location, the rooms, the amazing service, the food…all are beyond my expectations.  I mentioned to a lovely woman working as concierge one day that I was struggling with an addiction to their bath salts and could they please let me know how I may purchase some to take back to the states.  That evening in my room was a beautiful jar, wrapped in ribbon, compliments of my English family at The Stafford.  The cherry on top of my whole stay!