5 Star Hotels

5 Star HotelsIn the UK, there are two organisations that are able to grade and classify hotels. They are the AA (Automobile Association) and the national tourist boards. The national tourist boards consist of Visit England, Visit Wales, the Scottish Tourist Board and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board. All of the national tourist boards work to the same specifications and requirements when they grade hotels in order that guests know exactly what to expect from any particular hotel.

Hotels can be graded from 1 to 5 stars. As you go up the scale, the facilities and services that the hotel provides increases accordingly. At the top-end of the scale is a 5 star hotel, which is seen to be the epitome of hotels and is very sought after. When you think of a 5 star hotel, you immediately envisage luxury, opulence and impeccable service. The award of 5 stars confirms this and is a system that is highly regarded and well respected.

What Are 5 Star Hotels?

You would expect to see luxurious accommodation and public areas in a 5 star hotel. You would also be greeted at the hotel entrance by a uniformed member of staff, generally multilingual, who should escort you inside. There will be a choice of accommodation inside – all luxuriously furnished and styled with an en-suite bathroom that will have a shower and a bath.

The appearance and design will vary and can occaisonally look similar to boutique hotels, however you would expect there to be permanent suites and/or penthouses within the building. Enhanced services such as, for example, a 24-hour concierge and leisure facilities should be available and guests may benefit from additional hospitality such as afternoon tea or canapés in the evenings.

A 5 Star hotel will normally have a restaurant which is open to both guests and the public. The menus and wine list should be of a very high quality and standard.

5 Star Hotels In London

As anyone would expect, London has a considerable number of excellent, world renowned hotels. Each hotel offers its guests a very different type of experience. The examples given below are not only famous in London, but worldwide too. If you would like to find a 5 star hotel in London simply use our search box at the top of the page.

1. Claridges (Mayfair)
Famous for its art-deco styling, stunning designs and very glamorous. Home to Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant and serves, quite possibly, the best afternoon tea in London.

2.The Ritz Hotel (Piccadilly)
Probably the first name anyone thinks of when they think of a top class hotel in London. Full of history, grand and opulent. The ‘benchmark’ that other hotels try to emulate. Afternoon tea at The Ritz is a British institution.

3. The Savoy Hotel (Strand)
A D’Oyley Carte masterpiece. Famed for its lavish style and for being the first ‘luxurious’ hotel in Britain. Has stunning panoramic views across the River Thames and Embankment.

4. Four Seasons Canary Wharf (Westferry Circus)
Considered as modern, sleek and chic in the contemporary and exclusive Canary Wharf district. The views across the London Thames river are simply unbeatable.

5. The Dorchester (Park Lane)
Luxurious art deco style, with graceful and iconic uniformed staff. One of the most desirable places in the world to stay.