7-12 Half Moon Street, London, England, W1J 7BH
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Couples, Families with teenagers, Mature travellers, Singles, Shopping, Sightseeing
Expert review of Flemings Mayfair
Founded in 1851, Flemings is a likeable jumble of six Georgian townhouses in the heart of Mayfair. I warm to its very individual style but must warn you it is currently a tale of two decors. In September 2010 its front room, cocktail bar and restaurant were re-launched with vivid and theatrical interiors that are zestful and fun. The rest of the property, though, is still mostly in a traditional style with small dark corridors and historic staircases leading to snug, well-appointed rooms. Many guests are regulars, drawn to a friendly, high class hotel that is happy to go its own way.
Set between Half Moon and Clarges Streets, the hotel is well-placed in the bedrock of Mayfair. To the west is the warren-like mini-village of Shepherd Market, which dates from the mid-18th century. Walk north and you can soon reach Berkeley Square, while Green Park is to the south. You're also very close to the Royal Academy and the shops, theatres and restaurants of Piccadilly.
This is a hotel where it pays to state your design preferences. There are 119 rooms that come in 14 different shapes and styles and are spread over four floors. The Classic doubles and twins are spacious and there are also 15 small single rooms available. All come with full amenities including tea/coffee facilities, minibar and room service. There are also 10 apartments that have their own private entrance and offer from one to three bedrooms. They can be rented nightly and will appeal to families - nine are decorated in a traditional style while the recently refurbished Aria Suite is a cool white temple to Italian contemporary design.
The lobby is bright and spacious with a dedicated Concierge desk. The corridors leading to the rooms are narrow and confusing but enlivened by entertaining black-and-white photos of the rich and famous. Get ready for a surprise when you enter the lifts, which are decorated to look as if they are lined with bookcases filled with leather-bound volumes.
Next to the lobby is the flamboyantly decorated Front Room, which is a good choice for a celebratory Afternoon Tea with Champagne, cupcakes and chocoholic treats. Downstairs is the equally vivid but windowless Flemings Cocktail Bar & Tea Rooms which would be a useful place to kick off a night out with friends. Here you'll also find the cheerfully furnished The Grill which serves excellent modern European dishes including an Express Lunch and Early Supper menu that I find a very good deal. Breakfast is also served here, with the option of Continental buffet or à la carte, but this is disappointing - my preference is to go outside and find a nearby café.
None on site but guests have complimentary use of a nearby Fitness First gym - plus it's just a short stroll to Green Park where you can walk or jog.
Characterful - this is a hotel with genuinely hospitable and dedicated staff, some of whom have been working here for many years. From the doorman in his top hat to the elegantly-uniformed ladies in housekeeping, the attitude is commendably enthusiastic and professional.
Flemings is popular with North Americans who appreciate its excellent location and sense of tradition. Business travellers and families are drawn to the apartments, and it's a good choice if you are visiting the capital for an exhibition or event.
Rates generally exclude VAT and breakfast (Continental £16, traditional Full English £22, excluding service). There is a charge for WiFi and parking is available nearby at discounted rates. This is a hotel that has attractive packages with prices that rise and fall due to the season and availability - if you're looking for a good deal, this is one to watch.
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- 7-12 Half Moon Street, London, England, W1J 7BH
- High-Speed Internet, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service