Named after Sir Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington, The Wellesley is a 1920s townhouse beautifully restored with a modern take on the art-deco style and with every modern convenience.
The Wellesley awaits you in London's Knightsbridge, majestic and calm against the buzz of visitors and locals. Once you step inside the building, the decadent art-deco motifs dominate the scene, glistening marble floors, sparkling chandeliers and gold-lined glass pre-empt that 1920s theme that is apparent throughout.
Each of the hotel’s 36 guest bedrooms are decorated in art-deco style, all are named after celebrated figures of the era, such as Josephine Baker and Charlie Chaplin. The bathrooms are suitably over-the-top: gilded marble, vast bathtubs, masses of Hermes toiletries and vintage Vogue photographs mean you’ll feel like a real bright young thing in no time. The bedrooms themselves are more subtle, delicately finished in rose, gold and ivories, the room retain much of their art-deco history, modern amenities delicately concealed. All rooms come with 24-hour butler-service, courtesy Rolls-Royce drop off service, high-speed Wi-Fi and interactive Samsung tablets.
Savour the exquisite Italian cuisine cooked by Head Chef Sebastiano Cioffi in the hotel’s signature dining spot: the Oval Restaurant. The restaurant has just 28 covers and is well-spaced for privacy. The hotel also houses the intimate Crystal Bar and a chic Jazz Lounge which serves afternoon tea during the day and which provides space for private dining and bespoke meetings.
Belying its diminutive size, the hotel has an expansive cigar terrace (among the largest in Europe). The cigar lounge and terrace sets it apart from other London luxury hotels, attracting a certain type of clientele – added to with the large portraits of Winston Churchill and King Edward VII hanging in the lounge.