Britain boasts a number of luxurious hotels, where guests can enjoy being pampered and waited on by staff whose sole purpose is to make them happy. While satisfying customers’ needs is a priority for every hotelier, if the guests are paying £20,000 per night for their accommodation, they expect only the best!
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Money can buy you the most luxurious experiences – hotels being one of them. Some of the fanciest hotels in Britain offer some amazing services, but at a high price! Read on to find out more about the most luxurious hotels in the UK and what they have to offer…
Corinthia Hotel, London
Guests staying at London’s luxurious Corinthia Hotel can expect to pay up to £20,000 a night for a penthouse suite. The room has a full-size dining table, so guests can host their own lavish dinner party if they wish. Attractions in the suite also include a own well-stocked private bar, three TV screens and a sumptuous master bathroom. A lavish champagne tea costs £65 per person, while the new bespoke English china service is served in gold-plated cups, with 26 teas to choose from.
Mandarin Oriental, London
A luxury suite at the Mandarin Oriental will set you back £18,000 a night. In return, guests in the Royal Suite receive the services of their own private butler and a private balcony that can host 40 guests for a party. The bathroom is illuminated by a chandelier and the bathroom suite is made of marble. Guests are offered a pillow menu so they will receive exactly the correct amount of support. There are also original 18th-century Chinese paintings in the Royal Suite, while the vanity area is framed with luxurious Lalique crystal lights.
Shangri-La at The Shard, London
The Shangri-La Suite costs £14,000 a night and is one of 202 rooms at the hotel. Guests can enjoy 180-degree views over the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, the Globe Theatre and St Paul’s Cathedral. The luxurious suites have a marble bathroom, a Bose sound system and toiletries from top brands, including Acqua Di Parma and Aesop. Materials including marble and silk blend seamlessly with light wood in the rooms, creating a contemporary feel, while the latest technology provides free high-speed internet, automatic climate control, integrated sun-shielding and the patented Shangri-La bed.
The Langham, London
The Langham’s Infinity Suite also costs £14,000 a night. Guests are provided with two large and luxurious bedrooms, one of which has a four-poster bed. There is also an infinity bath in the bathroom, where guests can benefit from the light therapy to relax them after a long day. Free champagne, canapes and evening drinks are also provided. The main bedroom has two separate dressing rooms for couples.
The Royal Suite at Claridges costs £8,400 per night. It features a dining room that’s filled with 19th-century French prints, while the drawing room houses a grand piano that once belonged to composer Richard D’Oyly Carte. The Royal Suite has two bedrooms and promises to transport guests to the grandeur of the Victorian era. Guests enter through a red reception hall to reach the dining room. Ten people can be seated for dinner and a personal butler tends to their every need. The airport transfer is via a Mercedes S-Class.
While the top hotels are striving to reach new levels of customer services, spare a thought for the staff, who must cater for every whim when it comes to their often high-profile guests.
According to newspaper reports, when singer Adele was staying at a rural hotel in the English countryside, she had a craving for pizza from her favourite London pizzeria. She paid for one of the staff to embark on a 280-mile round trip to buy her a pizza.
Singer Justin Timberlake is reportedly obsessed with hygiene and cleanliness, so even when he stays in the world’s top hotels, he insists all of the doorknobs are disinfected every two hours. He also refuses to share even the floor of a hotel with anyone else, so he rents out the whole floor, even if he doesn’t need it.
Singer Rihanna is said to demand black or blue drapes, with a blue chiffon layer, wherever she is staying. She also insists on having candles of a specific brand and aroma and an animal-print rug that’s soft enough for her to walk on barefoot.
The staff will always want to make the customer happy and although some demands may seem “picky” to the average guest, if someone is paying up to £20,000 per night for a hotel suite, they will expect only the best.
A large part of a hotel’s charm is its furniture and each hotelier strives to achieve uniqueness, whether this means keeping up with the different up-to-date trends, or going for a retro look, such as Claridges’ Victorian splendour.
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