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Short stay: The Cavendish, Mayfair, London, UK

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Those of you with good memories may recall that I reviewed The Cavendish on a previous visit back in 2016. Located in the heart of prestigious Mayfair and Piccadilly, the hotel was just as good as I remembered: an inviting place to stay in the capital, and suitable for both business and leisure travellers alike. Shoppers will love the proximity of the likes of Fortnum and Mason on the doorstep and a multitude of upscale retailers within easy walking distance.

The welcome

Check-in was quick and painless; efficient and welcoming. If there’s one thing I hate about check-in, especially when I’m travelling on business, it’s a load of unnecessary form-filling and delays. There was none of that – I was served immediately and promptly able to make my way to my room. Bravo!

The room

Like last time, I was in an Executive Room but, for some reason, this one felt a little more spacious than the last. This was room 1411 on the 14th (and uppermost) floor.

Neutral tones meant the room would appeal to most guests and, in addition to a very comfortable bed, there was the opportunity to relax in a chaise longue by the window…

…and, for those who sadly didn’t have time for that, a desk at which I could work!

The room also came equipped with a Nespresso machine, Samsung TV and Bose docking station, and free WiFi is available throughout the hotel.

There wasn’t so much of a view to speak of when I arrived as it had already gone dark, but you could still make out the city skyline, including the London Eye and the uppermost tip of The Shard.

Come sunrise, the view could be appreciated that little bit more, and a great view it was too!

The bathroom

The bathroom was of ample size, with a separate bath and shower.

As per my last visit, Noir Collection toiletries (available from The White Company) were provided.

Also supplied – although I tend not to use these things on short stays – were fluffy gowns and slippers.

Finally in the bathroom there was a card from the housekeeping team, outlining all the items that could be requested and provided without charge if required – everything from shaving kits to shoehorns.

The facilities

I dined at the Petrichor Restaurant on my last visit and again on this one. It offers diners a modern European style menu featuring traditional British favourites complemented by more contemporary dishes to tempt any palate.

My starter was a smoked salmon roulade with cream cheese, chives, beetroot, avocado, salmon caviar, radish and sesame seeds which was full of flavour.

This was followed by roasted halibut and langoustine with haricot beans, chorizo, olive oil, spinach and seafood sauce. This was the stand-out dish for me, with the fish perfectly cooked and still retaining plenty of moisture (halibut can have a tendency to dry out quickly upon cooking).

I rounded the dinner off with a Bramley apple and cinnamon crumble with vanilla ice cream, but other options included a dark chocolate mousse with a pear sorbet, or caramelised banana with peanut ice cream and yuzu gel.

Guests can retire to the lounge after dinner should they wish.

The same restaurant is used for breakfast each morning.

It’s a buffet style breakfast with plenty of options including fresh fruit…

…pastries and your usual cooked options.

Lastly, I’d like to comment on the convenience of the location of the hotel. With both Green Park and Piccadilly Underground stations are both nearby, it was easy to get about. As mentioned, I was attending World Travel Market at Excel – from the hotel, it is easy to walk to Green Park Station and from there take the DLR all the way to Canning Town and continue your onward journey from there. On my return journey on one occasion, I wasn’t paying attention and missed my stop – it was rather fortuitous, however, as I knew of the ‘Beyond the Deepening Shadow: The Tower Remembers’ installation that was taking place at the Tower of London to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War I, and chose to get off at Tower Hill station to see that. It was quite a moving spectacle, with the Tower lit up with the light of 10,000 flaming torches to remind the world of the brave who lost their lives in the War.

My picture really doesn’t do it justice. Watch the video to gain a better insight:

Other nice touches

There were a number of little extras in my room which were very much appreciated, including some nougat and a small gift.

Next to the bed was some sleep spray – a nice touch although I rarely have any trouble getting off to sleep any time, let alone in such a comfortable bed.

There was also plenty of in-room reading material, including the likes of TimeOut and Red magazine.

Finally, during my visit, I called reception and asked if I could kindly get a document printed that I needed for a talk I was giving at World Travel Market the next day. Within 25 minutes of emailing that document, it was being pushed under my door. There’s service for you!

Cost

Executive rooms start from £376 midweek and from £305 at weekends. Alternatively, upgrade to a Junior Suite which starts from £469 midweek and from £413 at weekends.

The best bit

Location, location, location.

The final verdict

The hotel has many things to commend itself – this is a very comfortable hotel (worthy of five stars in my book) run by very welcoming and attentive staff, but perhaps its overriding attribute is its excellent location.

Disclosure: Our stay was courtesy of The Cavendish.

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