Suite Life: The Ritz London

Why stay here?

More of an historical landmark than a hotel, this year marks The Ritz’s 110th anniversary. First opening its doors in 1906, this hotel oozes luxury and opulence. Located in the heart of London on Piccadilly with views of Green Park, the hotel is just a short stroll from Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben. London’s theatres and galleries are also minutes away. It’s easy to see why many guests continue to come back to the hotel.


Rise & shine breakfast time?

Breakfast is served at The Ritz Restaurant, which is elegantly styled with silk drapes and chandeliers. The buffet overflows with delicacies such as Scottish smoked salmon, organic porridge, fresh berries and homemade pastries and bread. The service is impeccable, a simple glance in the waiter’s direction and he will be on his way.


What’s for dinner?

Executive chef, John Williams MBE, aims to give guests the best in British cuisine. The Ritz Restaurant offers a tasteful dinner menu serving culinary pleasures like native lobster with spiced carrot and lemon verbena and tournedos of beef flavoured with horseradish and red wine. The Rivoli Bar has a variety of dishes and cocktails for a more casual affair.


Time out

The Ritz Salon exclusively uses Elemis signature body and facial treatments, providing a sanctuary from the busy streets of London.


Wow factor

We had an elegantly furnished two-bedroom suite with a large sitting room and marble fireplaces. The suite was styled in the Louis XVI house style, with plush carpet, ornate mouldings, antique furnishings and views of central London.


Could do better

In this land of luxury there was nothing to fault.


I would like an upgrade

Choose from one the two suites located in William Kent House, the 18th Century Mansion adjoined to The Ritz. The Royal Suite is split over two levels with a grand drawing room, private dining room and sizeable bedroom. The penthouse of the hotel, the Prince of Wales Suite, is the epitome of luxury overlooking Green Park. Prices start from £4,500 (about A$8,370) per night.


Insider tip

The Ritz is one of the only hotels to have its own casino and it was equally as stunning as the rest of the hotel. Enjoy a game of poker while sipping on one of the many cocktails from The Ritz Club’s exclusive bar.


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