Lodge overview: The Chesterfield Mayfair, 35 Charles St, Mayfair in London
Words from Nick Gibbens, LLM – Executive Editor of Luxury Lifestyle Magazine
The Chesterfield Mayfair in the upscale London borough of Mayfair consists of three Georgian townhouses and is the true embodiment of a typical British hotel.
The Chesterfield Mayfair in the upscale London borough of Mayfair consists of three Georgian townhouses and is the true embodiment of a quintessentially British hotel
This four star Regency style hotel offers traditional decor and classic charm that you would expect from such a hotel. Expect to be greeted at the entrance to Chesterfield with a large chandelier, wood paneling, pillars, Chesterfield furniture, and glossy monochrome flooring as you stroll around the interior for snapshots of the past in many shapes. Oversized antique furniture, chandeliers, dark woods, and paintings of just about every style you can think of.
One could describe the style as comfortingly old-fashioned, with the feeling of being transported to a retreat in the country – without the central location in London, of course. Speaking of which, the place is really something to celebrate. The hotel is neatly located in the heart of Mayfair, but only a five-minute walk from the beautiful green spaces of Hyde Park and Green Park. You couldn’t ask for a better place to pass your time, especially with the locale’s award-winning restaurants and bars calling.
And guests will never be short of something related to events like gin and jazz nights, whiskey tastings, beer and cheese tastings, and local tours. One of the standout features of the hotel is the candy store and also the selection of fantastic afternoon teas for guests to enjoy – perfect for adding something traditional and fun to your stay.
This four star Regency style hotel has traditional decor and classic charm that you would expect from such a hotel
The Chesterfield Mayfair is part of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection and has 94 rooms and 16 suites for you to stay in. My room had a bold and distinctive style, retaining classic features such as fabric walls, heavy patterned curtains, and a decorative rug – all in a matching pattern. A little heavy in the pattern, but alongside the ornate furniture and gold-edged mirrors, one style is a reminder that you are in a place of history.
As the hotel describes: “We flood each guest room with creativity and comfort, and each has its own style and personality, filled with beautiful works of art and antiques personally selected by our founder Bea Tollman and her daughter Toni. Magnificent walls with fabric covers, colorful prints and personal details such as freshly cut bouquets of flowers create a surprising and uniquely inviting feeling that delights guests. “
And just like the rest of the hotel, it’s welcoming. Two fabric armchairs are ready to lie down, a bathroom and a separate shower room offer the amenities you need, a large desk made of antique wood asks you to bring pen to paper, and for gusts that require modern amenities, a large apartment – screen television , 24-hour room service and free Wi-Fi are also available.
The warm and intimate Butlers Restaurant offers elegant dining and first class service
You are in Mayfair, the capital’s center for fine dining. So expect some delicious dishes, all coordinated by Chef Nathan Hindmarsh and his team. Butlers Restaurant – famous for its Dover sole, which is filleted at the table – showcases creative cuisine made with organic seasonal British ingredients and is the hotel’s fine dining restaurant. The Terrace Bar and Conservatory are popular places to enjoy a light bite.
During my stay in December there were Covid-19 measures, so I enjoyed dinner in The Conservatory, a light-flooded room with lots of green, although in typical times a pre-drink at the bar was highly recommended, followed by a meal adorned in the chandelier Restaurant.
The conservatory is the perfect place to enjoy delicious afternoon tea
The dinner consisted of three courses of exquisite, tasty delicacies, while the excellent service of the hotel staff was consistently brilliant. I started with the Orkney scallops with Cox apple, celeriac, hazelnuts and tarragon (£ 21) and was blown away by the quality of the scallops and the elements that came with them. Soft, refreshing, crispy and creamy, I haven’t found an accompaniment that scallops won’t work with. Delicious.
Next up, and although I was intrigued by the famous Dover sole (with withered spinach and hollandaise), the Wellington of Yorkshire venison (£ 40) caught me at first sight. Served with fried butternut squash, celeriac tartar sauce and blackberry sauce, this dish was a treat for the senses. The stunning Wellington highlighted excellent quality meat and cooking skills, and the accompanying elements took the dish to another level.
The Terrace Bar is a hidden gem that serves some of London’s most innovative cocktails and pairings
Although I’m known for my fondness for a cheese platter, the sticky toffee pudding (£ 10) appealed to me on the day of my visit and I was glad I listened. Served with a butterscotch sauce, vanilla ice cream, and sticky dates, this popular dessert gave me the luscious sweetness I needed. Other tasty options on the menu were blackberry pavlova and Valrhona chocolate with praline, hazelnuts and cognac ice cream.
The use of three local parks is certainly a highlight if you want to combine a busy city break with relaxing moments in between, and those looking for peace and quiet will be pleased to know that spa treatments can be booked with qualified masseuses and beauty therapists in your home Room or suite. You can also purchase a free pass to a nearby Fitness First gym or borrow a yoga mat and DVD from the concierge to attend an in-room yoga session.
In a nutshell
With its unique personality, the Chesterfield Mayfair offers London luxury in a traditional setting
With its unique personality, the Chesterfield Mayfair offers London luxury in a traditional setting. When we can travel freely again, London will once again wait to open its arms and offer its guests the warm hospitality it has perfected over the centuries. I have to say this centrally located treat is more than worth a visit.
Address: 35 Charles St, Mayfair, London W1J 5EB
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7958 7729
All images used in this article are credited to: The Chesterfield Mayfair