The Stafford Hotel

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The Stafford Hotel

, London
5 star

Rooms: 81

16 St James Place - London - England - SW1A 1NJ - United Kingdom Hotel Website | | 20 7493 0111
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A really good hotel

from Steve1001
I stayed here for one night with my girlfriend and loved it. As a young couple it can be quite intimidating staying somewhere like this but the staff are great, very friendly and professional, a good combination.
Our room was very comfortable, and the american bar is worth the stay alone. Really bizarre collection of baseball caps, signed photos and more which give it real atmosphere. And as has already been mentioned, excellent service again.
As for the complaint re the noise in an earlier review I find that extremely harsh. This hotel is tucked away off any main streets and the noise is limited. If you're going to stay in the centre of London then surely you expect there is going to be some sort of noise!
My only minor quibble was that when we called down for a sandwich and a drink at 2.30am the night porter asked us if we realised that it was 2.30am which seemed slightly cheeky since the room service menu clearly states it's available 24 hours. Anyway...
Lovely hotel, great location.

Loved the Stafford!!!

from HolAngel
The Stafford is simply the most gorgeous hotel I've ever stayed at. I cannot express enough how charming and special the place is.

I regularly pop in for traditional afternoon tea on a Sunday. I also love having dinner in the American Bar - fantastic burgers and club sandwiches, all served by a barman who remembers your name.

Best of all is actually staying at the Stafford. The staff are like family. Nothing is too much trouble. Forget going to the Ritz or one of the big touristy hotels in London. The Stafford has far more class and is thus filled with people who really know the difference between "flashy" and "elegant".

Great Location, very quiet

from Maribeth07
We stayed at the Stafford Dec.3, 2004 for 3 nights. It was our first visit to London and we really didn't have much time there. I found the Stafford to be a very nice hotel, very quiet and in an excellent location. The Green Park tube station is just a couple of minutes away. Our room was smaller than I'd anticipated, but I'm used to American standards, so actually in European standards it was spacious. We had a sitting area and it had a small fold-out sofa. The bathroom was gorgeous, all done in marble and with heated towel racks. We had a mini-bar in our room, a safe and bathrobes. The staff was very, very helpful and friendly. My only complaint was the cost; wow, everything was so expensive! I'd come back here again if I can afford it.


from A TripAdvisor Member
My sister and I stayed at The Stafford in March, 2004 and as a former flight attendant and one who continues to travel frequently, this hotel has to rate as the very best. Service was excellent. Food was excellent. I cannot say one negative comment. I would never stay anywhere else when again in London. And the location is perfect. Kudos to the general manager and his entire staff.

nice place to spend Thanksgiving

from happycamperNewYork
Yes,the rooms are small but they are cozy and charming. The food at the restaurant is excellent and afternoon tea is worth the price. But why no mini bars in the rooms? As a woman travelling alone,I felt safe and secure here. And you can't beat the proximity to the Green Park tube station.

christmas at the stafford magical

from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife and two daughters spent a magical christmas here. Mulled wine and carolers in the famous cave wine celler. Formal Christmas Eve dinner with attentive, friendly service and always the funloving manager Terry Holmes making what could be a stuffy atmosphere a delightful and somewhat zaney but memorable experience. Christmas day brunch is a must as well.


from A TripAdvisor Member was okay. The lobbies (and first couple of floors) were really smokey. The rooms were alot smaller than shown on the website. The streets are very busy, and you don't get much sleep, unless you learn to ignore the continuous honking, and sirens. Creaky floors.

However, the bathrooms were very nice, and you get a nice, big, buffet-style breakfast. People there were pretty friendly.

Nice but not for me

from A TripAdvisor Member
Based on lots of good press I stayed here at the end of 2002 and even chose a room in the 'famous' Carriage House. I had one downstairs and would recommend to try to get one upstairs if you go so you can benefit from the higher ceilings vs. the llower floor. The hotel is indeed very British if that is what you want. I found it a little stuffy and prefer less traditional hotels myself.

Maybe I caught the hotel during a bad time since I had to wait a long time for porters and front desk service. In the bar I was reminded that I should really be dressed formal and only served because there were not a lot of other guests.

The location is very good and there is nothing wrong with the Stafford but I would not come back since there are many better choices for my taste.


from A TripAdvisor Member
The most delightful hotel I have ever visited. The level of courtesy and service immediately made you feel at home.

The staff in the bar were especially charming. If you ever ventured in by yourself they would engage you in conversation to put you at your ease. They of course would also remember what you had been drinking on the previous evening. It was great fun to watch them gently flirting with the permanent resident as she sat at the bar on her own stool and told stories of her time in the French resistance.

The porters also deserve commendation, they recommended a delightful restaurant for us and I never once had to open a door (something that can be quite rare in British hotels). They also were concerned that we shouldn't be lumbered with having to pay too much for parking and found us a spot where we could leave our car. Most kind.

Our marble bathroom was well stocked with luxurious Floris toiletries (of which I am now a fan) and it was a pleasure to relax in the very deep bath whilst listening to the selection of CDs left for us to play on the Bose music centre.

To conclude....Don't Go!! I want it all to myself.

The Best of London

from A TripAdvisor Member
Have been staying at the Stafford for 14 years and will not stay anywhere else in London. I go to London 2-3 times a year on business and always stay there. It represents the quintessential London luxury hotel, on a very small and intimate scale, but never takes itself too seriously. Staff is constant, with very little turnover. The first bartender, Charles, stayed for over 40 years, and likely would have stayed longer had he not been prematurely taken from us a few years ago. And the Manager, Terry Holmes, has become a London institution. This is the kind of place where the barman remembers your favorite drink (and your name) without being reminded and regardless of how long it has been since your last visit. The sommalier in the restaurant can recall the bottle of wine you drank on your previous stay and will check to see if it is still available. The Chef will prepare anything you request if he has the ingredients in the kitchen, and if he does not, he will go find them if you give him a little advance notice. The Consierge (they call them Hall Porters, in the old English tradition) can always be counted on to get those hard to find theater tickets or restaurant reservations on short notice, or to provide a guided tour of the 350-year old Wine Cellar at 2:00 a.m. after returning from a long night out (I actually did this). Guests tend to be very loyal to the Hotel, chosing to stay there year after year. And there are examples of third generation guests whose grandparents and parents also stayed at the Stafford.

Top Local Tips for London

Don't Worry about transportation here You can walk everywhere from the Stafford - Picadilly, National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, Park Lane, Buckingham Palace and much more. And yet the hotel is in a gorgeous little cul de sac that is pin-drop quiet. You couldn't ask for more.

Family TIme in St. James Park If you need to "kill some time" with the kids before (or after) seeing the Change the Guards ceremony, St. James Park is wonderful. There are lovely spots to feed the ducks, and there's a small playground (and nearby snack stand and restroom). It's also lovely to sit on the park benches to daydream, read, relax!!

trip from heathrow best option is to get the train from heathrow to Paddington and then a taxi - quicker and cheaper!


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  • Address: 16 St James Place - London - England - SW1A 1NJ - United Kingdom
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