UK – USA Business Travel
- Richard Moss
On the 9th September, Hilton launched the LXR Hotel and Resorts brand in Europe with the opening of The Biltmore Mayfair in London. I had the pleasure of visiting The Biltmore on its one month anniversary, and I am pleased to say it exceeds all expectations.
The hotel which underwent a two year renovation, was formerly a Millennium Hotel, ideally situated in Mayfair’s Grosvenor Square. Bond Street tube station, on the central line is a short 5 minute walk away and Victoria or Euston main line stations are reachable in a 10-15 minute taxi ride.
The Biltmore Mayfair is an excellent hotel to stop at when in London. Nearby attractions include Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace and the shopping district of Oxford and Regent Street. Only slightly further afield and you might find yourself in the bustle of Leicester Square, Chinatown and Soho. Alternatively, in the opposite direction is the quieter Knightsbridge area. Home to Harrods and the Science, Natural History and Victoria and Albert museums.
There are three entrances in to The Biltmore Mayfair Hotel. The first and perhaps most common if travelling by foot, is the main entrance from Grosvenor Square. Just past this is the entrance via the restaurant, The Betterment. Those arriving by car will find a private drive-in from Adam’s Row, at the reverse of the hotel. From either entrance you are welcomed by attentive door staff into grand open spaces with marble flooring and warm lighting.
At the front of the hotel on the ground floor you will find the lobby, Tea Lounge and the Pine Bar. The restaurant The Betterment is also located on the ground floor, more on this later. The Tea Lounge is a large, tranquil space where afternoon tea is available to guests, or guests can simply relax and take in the atmosphere. Marble surroundings are highlighted with tonal greys and champagne palettes with plush fabrics, textures and delicate gold leaf designs.
The Biltmore’s Pine Bar offers a secluded social area around a pristine feature bar. The Biltmore’s majesty follows into the bar, with lavish red fabrics for sofas and armchairs creating a warm ambience. Whilst cocktails take centre stage, the bar prides itself on the range of whiskies on offer. Over 100 whiskies from all over the world are served straight up, over rocks or shaken into delicious cocktails by trained mixologists. The Pine Bar even holds the noble Glenfiddich 50year old, a bottle so rare it costs a five figure sum.
Although there is no spa, a large, state-of-the-art gym is located on the first floor, for guest use only. A separate room is also available offering Les Mills fitness sessions on a big screen.
The Biltmore Mayfair offers a total of 307 accommodations, 250 of which are rooms, and 57 suites. All rooms and suites benefit from Japanese toilets, walk in showers and fully stocked mini bars with crystal glassware. Additionally, there are HD TVs, in room safes and WiFi throughout. Beds and mattresses are provided by Hypnos, a family run bed-maker with a long-standing Royal Warrant, the only bed maker to supply all of the Royal residences.
Even the smallest room at 237sq.ft. has a seating and table area. Quirky, factual books on London and the local area adorn tables in every room. Each room features a wardrobe with plenty of space to store shoes, clothes and luggage out of the bedroom. Front facing rooms benefit from the beautiful green views of Grosvenor Square. Every room and each suite includes sweet, spiced and decadent Penhaligon Quercus miniatures.
Rooms range from Double, King and Twin Deluxe rooms to King and Twin Premier Rooms (with or without Grosvenor Square views). The most premium rooms on offer include the King Grand Premier room and King Grand Premier room with view. The more premium rooms include additional features, such as bathrobes, chaise longues and work desks. Accessible rooms and interconnecting/family rooms are also available.
Suites at The Biltmore Mayfair are a fantastic option for longer stays, or simply a more luxurious treat. I had the pleasure of viewing a King Premier One Bedroom Suite. A living area greets you on entrance, with a cosy corner sofa, floor lamp, coffee table and armchair facing the mini bar, TV and panelled walls with intricate leaf decorations. The bedroom boasts a large, airy space with chaise longue and coffee table at the foot of the King bed. A working space surrounded by floor and desk lamps sit underneath the large screen TV in the bedroom.
The bathroom has all the standard features, but with the addition of a free-standing tub and ‘his’ and ‘hers’ sinks. The walk-in wardrobe space compared to the rooms is twice the length and allows for plenty of storage.
Standard suites include King Junior Suite (with or without Grosvenor Square view), King Premier Junior Suite, King One Bedroom Suite and King Premier One Bedroom Suite (with or without view). Premium suites include The Mayfair, The Grosvenor, The Ambassador, The Chairman, The Duplex and The Presidential Suite.
The Biltmore Mayfair is able to offer up to 10 different meeting, conference or event spaces. This is in part due to the large Ballroom, which benefits from structural partitions, breaking it into multiple, smaller spaces. The Ballroom is one of the only event spaces in London that has direct roadside access, ideal for large or complicated set ups. Each meeting space has a high level of specification for tech equipment and can be customised as you see fit. Available spaces can cater for groups as small as 20 right up to 700 in the Ballroom.
Jason Atherton’s latest restaurant The Betterment launched at The Biltmore Mayfair on its grand opening day. Atherton’s latest restaurant marks his return to Grosvenor Square after ten years. Executive chef Paul Walsh leads the seasonally driven menu. Dishes include beautiful presentations of fresh seafood, salads and plant-based options. Paul Walsh masters the culinary experience throughout the hotel. This includes afternoon tea, hotel breakfast and in room service as well as the restaurant.
This fantastic space is multi-level with some transparency into the working kitchen space, before flowing outside into an all-weather terrace surrounded by leafy walls and an outside-of-Mayfair oasis vibe. The style and beauty of The Biltmore floods into the restaurant, but additional splashes of colour set a warmer and slightly more casual environment to The Betterment. An elegant private dining room for up to 14 guests is also available and opens out to the terrace should you wish.
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