The Connaught – London
Mayfair – the soul of Great Britain
Mayfair, in the center of London, is one of the British capital’s most select districts, and in this quarter where luxury is second nature, we find one of the city’s most prestigious hotels: the Connaught. This intimate establishment reopened in 2008 with a new look combining meticulous attention to the Connaught’s original details with 21st century design, creating a highly original combination for a highly original five star hotel. The Connaught is a British institution and a legend in the luxury hotel business. Overflowing with the glamour of another era, it is famous for its service, its discretion and its peaceful atmosphere. On each floor, there is a black and white photo of the Duke of Connaught who gave the hotel its name in the early 20th century. The links between history and contemporary creation are numerous. The keys for example, are the originals whereas the décor of the reception area is the work of modern designer, Richard Serra. In the center of the building, a sumptuous mahogany staircase highlights the feeling of majestic grandeur. A copy of the staircase was chosen by Ralph Lauren for his Madison Avenue boutique.
The suites are elegant and luxurious, offering great refinement with special attention paid to solemnity, symmetry and simplicity. Each space was designed in an individual manner, with specially made furniture and original works of art selected according to the style of each room. Especially interesting is the Library suite with its skylight, its numerous works and its secret door. All the ingredients for a typically English holiday are present at the Connaught including just the right amount of originality, mystery and elegance. Gastronomy is in the capable hands of two starred chef Héléne Darroze whose cuisine is served in a décor created by India Mahdavi. To these two exceptional women who have contributed to the success of this mythical hotel, a third woman must be included. Nathalie Seller-Hayez is the highly efficient director of the Connaught and an expert at providing her guests with “elegant discretion”. As the Guardian journalist, Sally Shalam said while sitting at the Coburg, the hotel’s bar: “The Connaught is a typical example of the British soul. Lady Gaga wouldn’t stay here, but Jack Nicholson would, like other VIPs who have nothing to prove. They’re rich, crowned with success, and they know what they want. What they don’t want is for all of London to know that they’re in town