Prestigious 44 Grosvenor Square Mayfair has long been one of our Members’ favourite London addresses. It was here that news of the Duke of Wellington’s defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte’s army at the Battle of Waterloo was announced to the then Prime Minister, the Earl of Liverpool, who was dining there with the Cabinet. And in much more recent years it was home to the Millennium Mayfair Hotel, a location which our Members enjoyed to the full.
So we are delighted now to invite Members to return to 44 Grosvenor Square to stay at its resplendent new incumbent—the luxurious five-star Biltmore Mayfair hotel.
Set in the heart of Mayfair, this handsome red brick and stucco pillared hotel takes up most of the north side of Grosvenor Square, standing next door to the old American Embassy. It is fronted by gardens and greenery—and surrounded by some of London’s best restaurants and hotels, including The Ritz, Claridge’s and The Connaught. As you look at the grand building the historic appeal is there for all to see, yet the style and interiors are coolly contemporary. There is nothing stuffy about it: this is sleek modernity with progressive cuisine by celebrity chef Jason Atherton, including a destination restaurant, The Betterment, cocktails on the year-round terrace, delightful afternoon teas and 24-hour in-room dining.
It took a £60 million redevelopment to refresh the old Millennium Mayfair and turn it into the first hotel in Europe to exemplify Hilton’s new top-tier brand, LXR. The rooms were always larger than many in London and this has been increased by the Biltmore in 250 rooms and 57 curated suites. Choose a designated ‘room with view’ and you will find there is something rather special about looking out over leafy Grosvenor Square. Other rooms look out over the internal courtyard—go high, in which case, and you will find yourself looking out over the rooftops of London.
Furnishings are cool and contemporary— beige, coffee, dove grey and white, accented by richly patterned Persian carpets on parquet floors, gilded mirrors and jewel-coloured velvet-covered chairs and sofas. All rooms include HD TV, mini bar and espresso machine and free wifi. Bathrooms, marble lined, sport Penhaligon’s toiletries, walk-in shower, free-standing tub and Japanese loo with heated seat and inbuilt bidet. Rooms start from Double Deluxe at 237 sq ft, rising to King Grand Premier Room with view at 460sq ft. Suites start at King Junior Suite at 525 sq ft and culminate in the One Bed Duplex Suite with private terrace and the two-bedroom Presidential Suite with living room at 1,720 sq ft.
The Betterment is the all-day feature restaurant for brasserie-style dining with a seasonal menu, all by chefs Jason Atherton and Paul Walsh. Cafe Biltmore Restaurant & Terrace offers a garden atmosphere and relaxed indoor and outdoor dining, the cuisine again overseen by Chef Atherton. Expect inspired seasonal salads, fresh fish and shellfish—think Loch Duart salmon and Fowey oysters, Dover sole and Cornish monkfish—and meats straight from the Japanese charcoal grill—Buccleuch rib eye steak among them—and a taste of the Mediterranean with wood-fired pizzas and homemade pasta dishes. Breakfast can be simple, or a culinary feast—try lobster scrambled eggs with truffle for a luxurious start to the day. Jason Atherton’s Afternoon Tea is served in the Tea Lounge overlooking Grosvenor Square. Settle into the plush sofas in the Writer’s Corner with a cup of tea and a newspaper, or enjoy a glass of Champagne or a cocktail from The Betterment Bar with friends or clients after dinner. Or visit the Pine Bar, with its moody lighting, specialising in whisky and creative cocktails served by waiters in red velvet smoking jackets. And speaking of the waiters, the service throughout is smooth, polished and unfailingly five-star.
The Biltmore is an excellent location for leisure, business travel and events. The shopping highlights of Bond Street and Oxford Street, Savile Row, Jermyn Street and Shepherd Market are in easy walking distance, and for fine art and antiques, so are the galleries of St James’s and the auction houses, Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Bonhams. It’s also an easy stroll to Buckingham Palace and St James’s Palace, Clarence House, St James’s Park and Green Park, Horseguards Parade and the Palace of Westminster.
Being Hilton, business meetings are smoothly and easily facilitated—and if you want to host a ball or a wedding, the Biltmore Ballroom at 5,380 sq ft takes up to 700 guests as one of the smallest ballrooms in London. The hotel has neither a pool nor a spa, but it does have a superb state-of-the-art gym which is believed to be the biggest in Mayfair.
CountryClubuk Members receive exclusive special rates on all room categories and suites at the Biltmore Mayfair. For full details, please call Member Services on 020 7399 2960 or follow the link below.
The Biltmore Mayfair
44 Grosvenor Square
London W1K 2HP