Increase your chances of running into a celeb in London, and stay at a hotel frequented popular singers, actors and actresses. Oyster.com has found 4 of the best London hotels to give you the best opportunity to gawk at some of your favorite stars. And even if you don’t spot one on your visit, you can at least say you’ve stayed at a hotel with a celebrity’s stamp of approval.
The Lanesborough is a luxurious property overlooking Hyde Park in Knightsbridge. The 93 rooms have palatial bathrooms, big flat-screen TVs and free butler service. The stately decor is inspired by the early 19th century, and free Wi-Fi and laptops are available in every room. Hotel highlights include fine dining at the Michelin-rated restaurant Apsleys, a ground floor piano bar and traditional afternoon tea. Celebs -- including Madonna, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jim Carrey and Kanye West -- really love this spot’s discretion. Stars are often put up in the Royal Suite, which has an undisclosed location within the hotel.
Head to the Sanderson where celebs Matthew Morrison, Mariah Carey and Penelope Cruz have stayed before. A popular after-party spot, The Sanderson is an edgy hotel with original and extravagant design by Philippe Starck. Innovative rooms feature a mostly all-white color palette designed without interior walls. There is an emphasis here on texture, seen in the layers of sheer curtains that divide different areas of the room. Design touches include carpets with Voltaire’s handwriting and luxurious bathrooms, some with separate walk-in showers and freestanding soaking tubs. There are many hotel highlights beyond the rooms, including an all-white tranquil spa, a tasty Malaysian restaurant and a trendy cocktail bar. Celebs such as Cameron Diaz have been spotted partying late-night at this funky hotel.
This 380-room hotel is luxurious with a quintessential English air of prestige without the usual pretention. The hotel has a premier location for West End shopping. The ultra-luxurious Chuan Spa and salt sauna doesn’t hurt its high-end credentials either. Angelina Jolie probably loves this spot best because it is one of the most kid-friendly hotels in London. Not only does it welcome families and offer babysitting services, but it also features an indoor pool -- a rare find in the city. In addition to Angie, Colin Farrell has also stayed at this hotel.
This boutique hotel is an excellent location on the southwest tip of Hyde Park, overlooking Kensington Gardens. The individually decorated, luxe rooms all showcase classic Italian touches as well as dramatic contemporary design. Perks include free Wi-Fi and Illy espresso machines, as well as extra hotel features like the spa and fitness center. Plus, the hotel’s bar, Boutique 60, is a destination on its own. With a chill, lounge vibe, the bar is open until the wee hours of the morning, and celebs such as Christina Aguilera and Will Smith, have been spotted here.