Living in London we sometimes forget the amazing sights and activities on offer particularly for families in this bustling city. When the opportunity came to review The May Fair Hotel located in the West End of London, we packed our weekend bags and checked in to London’s most exclusive postcode. Located in the heart of London’s crème de la crème neighborhood and a hit with the fashion forward during London Fashion Week, a stone’s throw away from Hyde Park, we knew that we were in for a treat.
First opening its doors in 1927, the hotel is situated within walking distance from Green Park tube station and is a 5 minute walk to Hyde Park and the exclusive boutiques of Bond Street. The exterior is reminiscent of traditional Victorian period architecture however as soon as you walk in you are greeted by hints of red and black accents coupled with metal and leather and a sense of modernity. The modern art scattered among the lounging areas in the foyer including life sized sheep installations and a large overhanging Baccarat chandelier add to the eclectic yet modern feel of the hotel.
Guests can enjoy an on site gym, large 3-D cinema which is unique to hotels in the area and the restaurant, bar and terrace. The terrace, with its hanging basket chairs and fireplaces, makes quite a cosy location to rest after exploring the city.
For those who prefer to fit in relaxation, an extensive menu can be found at the hotel’s May Fair Spa which boasts an aromatic steam room, herbal sauna, experience showers, ice fountain and candlelit relaxation room with heated beds. Guests are able to purchase a Leisure Pass for £15 which includes access to all wet spa facilities with the exception of the relaxation room.
We checked into our Deluxe King Room and were pleasantly surprised by the size. Space in London is scarce, and unlike many other hotels who sacrifice on space which is not ideal for families who need the extra room, The May Fair Hotel has large rooms which are ideal. The hotel also offers specific family rooms for families with older children who require their own bed with 432 ft2 of space.
The room was large enough to comfortably fit in a king bed, cot supplied by the hotel, a seating area and mini bar area. From the armchair in the corner of the room had a lovely view overlooking the hotel’s terrace.
The May Fair Hotel bear mascot was a treat which Ava really enjoyed. The three large windows let in plenty of light and the walk-in wardrobe and marble styled bathroom were also relatively large and a good space for families.
We were on the 6th floor and despite the hotel having a very popular bar on the ground floor, we did not hear any noise drifting up to the room in the evenings and we had a great night’s sleep.
The May Fair Kitchen
Located on the ground floor, The May Fair Kitchen is known for its fantastic afternoon tea and also eclectic Mediterranean inspired à la carte menu. We arrived on a busy Saturday night and were promptly seated with a highchair for Ava. The menu consisted of small Spanish and Italian sharing plates with a hint of their signature Peruvian and Mexican influences.
We ordered a selection of dishes with the highlights being the crispy skinned sea bass and avocado and corn salad with blackberry dressing which were sensational. The May Fair Kitchen is also renowned for its extensive aperitif and signature cocktail menu, and ours did not disappoint.
The one thing which we really appreciated were the attentive waitstaff, which were the best I have experienced in London so far. They were great with Ava, interacting with her and making sure we were attended to despite the busy crowds. The only one thing which would have made it complete would be a kids’ menu. Mind you the waitstaff asked us what Ava would like and cooked it immediately however a kids’ menu would have been ideal.
Breakfast is also served in The May Fair Kitchen and whilst I wanted to love the breakfast I felt there could be room for improvement. The usual breakfast selection from pastries to cereal were served and the juices were fresh however the eggs which we ordered were not and resulted in us feeling a little ill afterwards. There was also limited options for children. I did submit an online review to the hotel with feedback on their breakfast however I have yet to hear back from the hotel.
Things to See and Do Nearby
The location of The May Fair Hotel is fantastic, a short 5 minute walk to Hyde Park which is ideal for families travelling with children. From the rowing and paddle boats to watching the ducks and swans or enjoying a hot chocolate from one the cafes, makes Hyde Park the ideal location to spend the day outdoors particularly in the warmer months.
We chose to have a picnic in the park and brought our own lunch from the deli section of the nearby M&S. It is worthwhile mentioning, opposite the hotel there is also a large Sainsburys, which is ideal as we ran out of milk formula and popped across the road to stock up on it and other essentials.
Bond Street is also very close and fantastic for luxury shopping with Gucci, Hermes, Saint Laurent and many more within walking distance. For those who prefer the traditional side of London, Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square are also close and can be reached by foot.
For families a tip, we headed to the famed toy store Hamleys which is located on Regent street and proved a hit with our toddler. The London Eye is also close to the hotel if you fancy a birds eye view of the city.
The over sized rooms and central location are ideal for families. The additional space in the rooms is a rarity in London and made our stay as a family of three very comfortable. Secondly, the location is second to none as The May Fair Hotel is within walking distance to London’s Hyde Park, historical attractions and luxury boutique shopping experiences.
Ava appreciated the candy bar, which is located in the lobby and she also loved her May Fair Hotel bear mascot. A special mention to The May Fair Kitchen waitstaff who were absolutely fantastic when it came to mealtimes and made sure Ava had everything she needed. Whilst some small improvements can be made with breakfast and the inclusion of a kids’ menu, our overall stay was fantastic and The May Fair Hotel is a great London base when travelling as a family as the location cannot be beaten.
A deluxe King Room at The May Fair Hotel inclusive of breakfast starts at £547 and can be booked online here.
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Kerstin // Lux Mumma
*This is an honest review of The May Fair Hotel by way of a media stay in April 2019.
**April Update: I have heard back from The May Fair Hotel who are investigating the food incident at breakfast.