We all love to spoil ourselves once in a while and there’s no better way than being whisked off to a luxury hotel. Nowadays we are doing more travelling than ever before and London is one of the hottest destinations on the lifestyle map.
You can find some of the most iconic sights in the capital from Buckingham Palace, home to Queen Elizabeth II to the London Eye and of course the Houses of Parliament.
However, if you count yourself among the fortunate few, you may have even bagged a luxury suite to stay in. In fact you might not even make it out of your suite at all depending on the level of luxury you were able to obtain.
London is steeped in a rich hotel history, but before the 1800’s there was actually not many of them to speak of. People often rented homes instead of residing in a hotel, while lodging houses or inns were considered to be the only way to go.
However, several hotels sprang up during the early part of the 19th century including Mivart’s. This was the predecessor of what was to become the grandiose splendour of Claridges, a loyal and reliable source in the 5 star hotel scene.
In addition to this, several other bigger hotels were constructed in the Victorian era from the stylish Langham Hotel in 1865 to the Savoy.
Did you know the Savoy was actually the first hotel to offer in suite bathrooms. Meanwhile, the Ritz opened its doors in 1906 and has gone on to welcome a number of different VIP guests such as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. For a cool $500 a night, that only ensures you get the cheapest room in the place.
Want to experience the ultimate stay in London? Then why not book yourself into one of the 10 most expensive luxury suites around.
10 The Dorchester, Oliver Messel Suite: $4,900 per Night
If you have $4,900 lying around at the back of the wardrobe then take yourself down to the luxurious Dorchester Hotel. Situated in the heart of London on Park Lane, you are certainly in good company as former celeb residents at the Oliver Messel Suite include the likes of Marlene Dietrich and Sylvester Stallone. Positioned on the seventh-floor, you can also take in the vistas that extend right across Hyde Park.
9 Sheraton Park Tower, Lowndes Suite: $5,800 per Night
If you are fortunate enough that you can drop nearly $6,000 per night on a hotel suite, then check the Lowndes Suite. Boasting of an impressive panoramic skyline view, it features not one, but five whopping great Bang & Olufson plasma screens. You can find two in the bathroom alone, where there is also a Jacuzzi and free butler service thrown in for good measure.
8 The Berkeley, Pavilion Conservatory Suite: $6,600 per Night
Fancy having your very own conservatory? Well anything is possible at the striking Pavilion Conservatory Suite housed inside the majestic Berkeley Hotel. Sip on a cocktail from the private roof terrace or browse the web on your in room iPad if you dare. These are just some of the many perks available at this luxurious hotel that you would be screaming to stay at.
7 The Ritz, The Prince of Wales Suite: $7,300 per Night
If its style and pure self-indulgence you are after then a night or two in the Prince of Wales Suite may come in handy. As long as you have around $7,000 to spend, then this two bed apartment can be all yours. Featuring two bedrooms, a dining room and a drawing room to relax and unwind in, this luxury suite pretty much has it all. Don’t forget the butler’s kitchen and set of matching marble bathrooms where you can also indulge in room service and watch TV from the comfort of the bath.
6 Claridges, The Brook Penthouse Suite: $7,550 per Night
Luxury and comfort go hand in hand at the famous Brook Penthouse Suite at Claridges. Gaze in awe at the inspirational Art Deco features or walk around the space guided by your own private butler. This suite provides more modern conveniences to enjoy from an individual bar to, not one, but two walk-in closets. Add in the picturesque vistas taking in the City and the Houses of Parliament and you will be grounded for the duration of your stay. The original fireplace ensures you can take it easy on those long winter nights, while Claridges add complimentary airport transfers in a luxurious Mercedes S-Class.
5 The Mandarin Oriental, The Royal Suite: $8,700 per Night
For a cool $8,700 you can cuddle up to your beau in the Royal Suite at the glorious Mandarin Oriental in London’s Knightsbridge. Here, you can really live like a king or queen, at least for a little while, thanks to its stunning three bedroom suite. But wait, there’s more. Entertain your chums on the rooftop terrace which can cater up to 40 guests. If you really can’t stand the heat then you can always retreat to the built in steam room.
4 The Savoy, The Royal Suite: $9,050 per Night
Arguably one of the finest riverside views not just in London but across the world, the Royal Suite is the one to see and be seen at. At $9,000 plus per night, it is well deserved and looks out onto the London Eye. The suite itself has recently undergone a $4.2 million overhaul and aside from the standard butler service, you can feast your eyes on its marble foyer, lavish dining area and study.
3 The Langham, Infinity Suite: $10,200 per Night
Situated on Regent Street, one of London’s most famous roads, the Langham plays host to the fabulous Infinity Suite. At $10,200 a night you get a two bedroom suite offering a decadent infinity bath as well as an exclusive spa in the comfort of your own room. All of this and they will throw in a bottle of fine bubbly to enjoy while your relaxing in the bubbles of a bath.
2 The Lanesborough, The Royal Suite: $13,200 per Night
Overlooking Buckingham Palace, The Lanesborough can be found on Hyde Park Corner hotel. For $13,200 per night you can take advantage of three bedrooms and a whole load of other areas to play in. There is a drawing room and dining room as well as a study and a kitchen. The crown jewel of this suite is of course the imposing floor-to-ceiling windows which provides extensive views across the lawns of Buckingham Palace. Who knows, you may just be able to spot the Queen herself indulging in a bit of croquet.
1 The Intercontinental Park Lane, The Royal Suite: $20,000 per Night
Since 1975, the InterContinental Park Lane has been welcoming guests and now sits on the former childhood residence of the Queen. In conjunction with the Diamond Jubilee, the Royal Suite underwent an astonishing $1.7 million refurbishment and its regal theme can be seen throughout the hotel. Gold laden doors, sequined cushions and glass chandeliers dominate this opulent space. There are also four interconnecting rooms which suddenly transforms into a large five bed palace that can cater up to ten guests. With views overlooking Apsley House, former home to the Duke of Wellington and views stretching across Hyde Park and Knightsbridge the plush factor is clearly evident here.