Brown's Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Mayfair, London, England

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Pros

  • Historic, elegant townhouses located in prestigious Mayfair
  • Spacious rooms with a soft color scheme and stocked minibars
  • Upscale bathrooms (some with separate tub and walk-in shower)
  • Distinguished literary past: Rudyard Kipling wrote "The Jungle Book" here
  • Excellent fine dining at the HIX at the Albemarle (celebrated English chef Mark Hix)
  • Sassy cocktail bar dedicated to the English fashion photographer Terence Donovan
  • Lovely afternoon tea in the bright English Tea Room
  • Spa with three treatment rooms and modern fitness center

Cons

  • Pricey room rates
  • No free Wi-Fi

Bottom Line

Brown's Hotel, located in prestigious Mayfair, is part of the luxurious Rocco Forte Collection. The hotel is made up of 11 historic Georgian townhouses and no two of the 117 rooms are the same. Spacious, elegant rooms have a soft, soothing color scheme along with stocked minibars, big flat-screen TVs, and upscale bathrooms (some have a separate soaking tub and walk-in glass shower). Hotel highlights include quality dining and drinking venues such as HIX at the Albemarle, the English Tea Room, and the Donovan Bar. With a spa and fitness center, Brown's has all the features guests would expect at this price point, but there's a pesky fee for Wi-Fi.

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 Scene

Traditional and refined, with a distinguished literary past

Outside the entrance of the Brown's Hotel
Outside the entrance of the Brown's Hotel

Brown's Hotel is a sophisticated, refined property with a buzzing scene that draws locals and visitors alike. The classic lobby has oak-paneled walls, intricate sculpted ceilings, and period fireplaces. The vibe is different in the Donovan Bar, the cocktail bar devoted to the English fashion photographer Terence Donovan. Here frisky photographs are displayed and the decor includes olive-toned walls and black leather furniture. The hotel has a reputation for its historic significance, including being the location where Rudyard Kipling wrote "The Jungle Book" and where Winston Churchill met frequently with diplomats. Celebrated chef Mark Hix brings even more attention to the hotel with his local and seasonal restaurant, devoted to supporting local farmers. In the English Tea Room, traditional afternoon tea is served in a bright, cozy space.

 Location

Near transport in prestigious Mayfair

Brown's Hotel is located a four-minute walk from the Green Park tube station in prestigious Mayfair. This affluent neighborhood is an easy walk from major London attractions including Piccadilly Circus and Buckingham Palace.

  • 10-minute walk to Piccadilly Circus station and theater district
  • 14-minute walk to Buckingham Palace
  • 15-minute walk to West End shopping district including Selfridge's
  • 8-minute tube ride to Westminster station including Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, London Eye, and scenic walks along the Thames
  • 9-minute tube ride to Knightsbridge station and Knightsbridge shopping district including designer shops and Harrods
  • 10-minute tube ride to Charing Cross station and Trafalgar Square, National Portrait Gallery, London ICA, Tate Modern, and the Southbank
  • 10-minute tube ride to Covent Garden and more West End theaters
  • 19-minute tube ride to Notting Hill Gate station and Portobello Market

 Rooms

A mixture of traditional and contemporary luxury

Living Room at the Kipling Suite
Living Room at the Kipling Suite

No two of the 117 rooms (including 29 suites) at Brown's Hotel are the same. This historic hotel is made up of 11 Georgian townhouses, resulting in rooms with individual character. All rooms are comfortable with plush furnishings and a soft color palette. Most have either limestone or marble bathrooms (some with separate soaking tubs and walk-in showers). Room amenities include stocked minibars and big flat-screen TVs. Some rooms have family configurations that are ideal for guests traveling with kids.

  • Junior Suites have an open plan sitting room and bedroom, along with iPod docks.
  • Suites include free perks such as full English breakfast, in-room check-in service, unpacking and packing service, one free garment pressing, use of a Nokia mobile phone for local calls, Wi-Fi, and free in-house films.
  • The Rudyard Kipling suite is a huge space with a luxurious blend of traditional furniture and contemporary art supplied by Rocco Forte's sister, Olga Polizzi. This is where Kipling wrote his famous novel "The Jungle Book."

 Features

A small but elegant spa and a modern fitness center

Treatment room at the Brown's
Treatment room at the Brown's

Excellent amenities are a highlight at Brown's Hotel, and include a small but elegant spa and modern fitness room.

 Food

A restaurant by celebrated English chef Mark Hix, and a sassy bar dedicated to British photographer Terence Donovan

The English Tea Room at the Brown's
The English Tea Room at the Brown's

HIX at the Albemarle is an upscale restaurant run by celebrated English chef Mark Hix. The menu features classic British dishes along with lighter seafood dishes and is devoted to sourcing local and seasonal ingredients. Hix strongly believes in supporting local farmers.

Donovan's Bar displays frisky photographs from celebrated British fashion photographer Terence Donovan and is a comfortable spot for a cocktail. On the more traditional and refined side is the English Tea Room, where tiered platters of sandwiches, scones, and pastries are served for afternoon tea.

 Bottom Line

Brown's Hotel, located in prestigious Mayfair, is part of the luxurious Rocco Forte Collection. The hotel is made up of 11 historic Georgian townhouses and no two of the 117 rooms are the same. Spacious, elegant rooms have a soft, soothing color scheme along with stocked minibars, big flat-screen TVs, and upscale bathrooms (some have a separate soaking tub and walk-in glass shower). Hotel highlights include quality dining and drinking venues such as HIX at the Albemarle, the English Tea Room, and the Donovan Bar. With a spa and fitness center, Brown's has all the features guests would expect at this price point, but there's a pesky fee for Wi-Fi.

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Address

  • 33 Albemarle Street Mayfair London, England W1S 4BP United Kingdom

Room Types

  • Albemarle Suite
  • Classic King/Twin Room
  • Classic Queen Room
  • Classic Suite
  • Deluxe Room
  • Deluxe Suite
  • Dover Suite
  • Executive Room
  • Hellenic Suite- Royal Suite
  • Junior Suite
  • Kipling Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 117
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Mayfair, London
Address: 33 Albemarle Street Mayfair London, England W1S 4BP United Kingdom
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