With all the excitement surrounding the Royal Wedding, London has become a hotspot tourist destination. Some hotels, of course, are more likely to give you the Royal treatment than others. Even before you arrive at the hotel, you know that the five-star award-winning ’41,’ fittingly located directly opposite the Royal Mews and just behind Buckingham Palace, is a hotel fit for royalty and those who want to be treated that way.
To ensure that every guest's needs are anticipated and met, ‘41’ sends out a guest preference form prior to your arrival, with requests such as type of pillow (11 to choose from), food preferences, and restaurant reservations all taken care of before you even step foot in the hotel lobby. The moment you enter the exclusive ground-floor reception area of ’41,’ you know you're staying somewhere special. The friendly welcome delights both business and leisure guests - what could be more refreshing than complimentary champagne after a long flight? From there, guests are accompanied to the fifth floor, where the main hotel is located, entering a distant world of private luxury and round-the-clock attentive service deserving of every accolade it has received. This year ‘41’ has already been listed as one of the "Best Places in the World to Stay" in Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List 2011.
‘41’ is a discreet, residents-only haven of style and comfort most often compared to an exclusive London club. A chic, black-and-white design scheme is complemented by the plentiful rich mahogany details throughout the hotel. You will instantly feel at home in the cozy wood-paneled Executive Lounge with its roaring fire and natural daylight flooding in from the glass roof above. Opened in 2001, this intimate property offers the height of five-star luxury: 30 rooms and beautiful suites including two unique hospitality suites, butler service, 24-hour room service, the latest in-room technology, a full concierge service, and an outstanding level of personal service as staff outnumber guests two-to-one. Boasting one of London’s prime locations, ‘41’ is one of the city’s most distinguished and sought after deluxe hotels.
The hotel’s stellar service accounts for the consistently high ratings and explains why guests come back so often. Whatever you need, they will make it happen. At this boutique hotel, the staff is passionate about living up to the Red Carnation promise: “No request is too large; no detail too small.” At turndown, they will place floating candles in your bath, spray lavender on your pillow, and turn your TV guide to that day’s page. They even have a pet concierge to make sure your pet feels just as pampered as you.
A favorite feature of this fifth-floor luxury haven is you eat and drink at your own pace. Guests enjoy round-the-clock informal, personalized dining. You can choose between the stunning Executive Lounge, the Mezzanine level overlooking the lounge, or alternatively, the ultimate in- room dining experience. The glass roof of the Executive Lounge also makes for lovely and bright sunlit breakfasts (Continental, A La Carte, or Full English) and the most reviving afternoon teas.
An unusual yet wonderful feature of ‘41’ is their irresistible invitation to “Plunder the Pantry.” Each evening from 8.30 p.m. onwards, guests can take their pick of complimentary snacks and light bites in the well-stocked fridges of the Executive Lounge.
Every room is just a little bit different, but all have the classic ‘41’ black and white theme. All of the unique rooms and suites reflect thoughtful touches such as fresh fruit and flowers, delicious snacks and treats, scented candles, rich mahogany furniture and in many rooms, open fireplaces. These extra touches ensure that every guest’s stay is luxurious and welcoming. Technology also abounds with iPod docking stations, interactive TV with movies on demand, complimentary high-speed internet, radio, CD player, and fax machines/copiers that double as printers for a laptop.
Perhaps what makes ‘41’ particularly special is the intimate relationship the President and Founder, Beatrice Tollman, has with the staff and guests. Designed from top to bottom by Mrs. Tollman, ‘41’ benefits from her extensive experience and exquisite taste as a hotelier and chef. She is president and founder of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, based in the United Kingdom, which owns and runs 14 luxury boutique hotels on three continents. Mrs. Tollman is hands-on in every aspect and is seen on-site almost weekly ensuring guests and staff alike all have everything they need.
If you are looking for a hotel for the Royal Wedding weekend, or just want to be treated like royalty, look no further than the regal luxury of London’s finest hotel, ’41.’
Room rates start from 249 pounds and in dollars 410.52. For reservations or more information, please visit www.41hotel.com, call + 44 (0) 20 7300 0041, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.