Maybourne Hotel Group

PROFILE & PHILOSOPHY

Maybourne Hotel Group owns and manages Claridge’s, The Connaught and The Berkeley – three of the world’s most legendary luxury hotels, located in the heart of London. Each hotel is committed to inspiring extraordinary experiences that reflect their individual nature, its guests and its staff whilst maintaining a timelessness and intuitive service style that are the hallmarks of each property.

Our hotels have histories that stretch back over a century. And, while each one retains its timeless appeal and individual nature, we are committed to ensuring they are always in tune with the wants and wishes of today’s discerning guests.


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At the centre of London’s Mayfair, Claridge’s is an art deco jewel that offers the ultimate in luxury. For more than a century, it has preserved its unique heritage with all the modern flourishes a guest could wish for, bound together by world-renowned service that is impeccable, intuitive and highly tailored. Claridge’s is a unique combination of splendour and charm.
Found at the beating heart of London’s Mayfair Village, The Connaught redefines the British luxury experience. An expertly judged blend of tradition with the utmost modernity, The Connaught is the insider’s choice for connoisseurs in the art of living well; where highly personalised service and a passion for hand-crafted detail, mixes effortlessly with a contemporary boldness that captivates and draws you in.
At The Berkeley, your front lawn is the green splendour of Hyde Park and your corner store, the singular shopping destination of Knightsbridge. The Berkeley offers a wealth of experiences found nowhere else; from the famed Blue Bar and Michelin starred dining in Marcus to the exclusive Bamford Haybarn Spa, The Berkeley excels at everything you’d expect, while offering pleasures and discoveries you never anticipated.

 

HISTORY

  • The 1800s, Small beginnings: William and Marianne Claridge are running a hotel in a single house at 51 Brook Street. In an ambitious move to expand their business, they buy the adjoining five buildings in 1854. Claridge’s opens in its own right in 1856.
  • 1898, Grand reopening: Bought in 1893 by Richard D’Oyly Carte, owner of the Savoy, the hotel is promptly closed to allow a significant re-design led by C W Stephens – the man responsible for Harrods – and the hotel re-opens in 1898.
  • 1945, Prince’s birthplace: At the request of Winston Churchill, suite 212 is declared Yugoslavian territory so that Crown Prince Alexander II can be born on his own country’s soil. Churchill stays at Claridge’s following his election defeat.
  • 2000, The It-hotel: Claridge’s is adopted by a new generation of models, designers, musicians and artists. Kate Moss celebrates her 30th birthday here. Jade Jagger and Lulu Guinness describe the hotel as their ultimate treat and Alex James says Claridge’s is just “perfect”. Diane von Furstenberg launches four rooms and suites she designed as part of her first interiors project.

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  • 1815 EARLY DAYS: The Prince of Saxe-Coburg Hotel is opened as an offshoot of Grillion’s Hotel – formed of two houses owned by the Duke of Westminster. For convenience, it is known as The Coburg.
  • 1917 RE-CHRISTENED: During the First World War the directors of the hotel rename it The Connaught, a reference to Queen Victoria’s seventh child Arthur, later Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn.
  • 2007 £70 MILLION FACELIFT: The Connaught re-opens after a £70 million restoration and refurbishment. Among the highlights are a new wing, the Aman Spa, a serene Japanese garden and David Collins’ luxurious Apartment suite.

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  • 1700s Coffee house origins: The hotel begins life on the corner of Berkeley Street and Piccadilly as the Gloucester Coffee House, the departure point for the coachmen of the Western Mail. In 1897 the coffee house takes a step forward and is christened The Berkeley hotel. It becomes popular with debutantes and their beaus – and especially with their parents who trust The Berkeley’s staff to keep an eye on their daughters’ reputations.
  • 1972 Knightsbridge move: The Berkeley moves to its new home on Wilton Place in the heart of Knightsbridge. Designed by British architect Brian O’Rorke, the hotel incorporates restored features from the original building, including fireplaces in the suites. It also has a swimming pool installed on the seventh floor.
  • 2016 The remodelling of the first floor: The Berkeley continues its commitment to design innovation by employing world-renowned interior designers John Heath and Helen Green Design to create new rooms and suites which are contemporary, ultra-spacious and can be flexibly connected to form apartment-style accommodation. Meanwhile, Prêt-à-Portea celebrates its 10th anniversary with a new book and greatest hits collection, having previously created a Royal Collection tea to mark HM The Queen’s 90th birthday.

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FUTURE OPENINGS & PROJECTS

  • Claridge’s new restaurant, Davies & Brook, set to open Summer 2019.
  • The Berkeley will be renting out bikes to in house guests in Autumn: Custom-made by tokyobike just for The Berkeley, they’re light to handle, comfortable to ride and come with all the bells and whistles (plus locks and helmets). We also have scooters for the little ones too!

HEAD OFFICE

41-43 Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4HJ
T: +44 (0) 20 7107 8812


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Every bedroom and suite at The Connaught has a private butler
Every feature suite at Claridge’s has a private butler

Claridge’s: Health Club & SPA: Hidden away in the heights of Claridge’s is a space dedicated to health, wellbeing and beauty. Clear your head with a workout in the gym, complete with Mayfair skyline views. Or treat yourself to a spa and beauty treatment. Whether you have an hour to spare or a full day to play with, you will emerge feeling poised, polished and perfect.

The Connaught : AMAN SPA: Hidden away at the heart of The Connaught lies the entrance to another world. A place where time seems to stand still and every moment are devoted to tranquillity. You’ve arrived at Aman Spa at The Connaught – the very first Aman Spa to be built outside the world-renowned Aman resorts. From the moment you step in, every sensation invites you to unwind. Take a journey of discovery and reconnect mind, body and spirit – guided by our experienced Aman therapists. We look forward to welcoming you.

The Berkeley: HEALTH CLUB & SPA: Swap London buzz for spa serenity at The Berkeley. This day retreat brings together natural treatments and a calming setting in the heart of Knightsbridge. Upon the seventh floor, the temple-like pool casts a tranquil spell. Kick back on a recliner between luxury treatments, or wrap up in a cosy robe and step out into the secret rooftop garden. With views across Hyde Park, you might have left the city behind for a country escape. Down on the ground floor, in our brand new gym, the atmosphere becomes more energetic. Hotel guests can walk right in for a workout – and there’s a separate touch key entrance for club members.

Claridge’s:
The Foyer and Reading Room: The art deco glamour of the Foyer & Reading Room creates the perfect setting for Claridge’s afternoon tea. Guests can also enjoy all-day menus by Executive Chef Martyn Nail.

The Connaught:
Hélène Darroze at The Connaught
Every dish served at these two Michelin-starred restaurants is a work of art. The visual beauty of the seasonal ingredients is mirrored in India Mahdavi’s innovative interior design
Jean-Georges at The Connaught
This welcoming neighbourhood restaurant fizzes with energy. From morning until evening, enjoy eclectic menus that bring together favourite Connaught dishes, British classics and Jean-Georges’ signature South-east Asian flavours.

The Berkeley:
Marcus
Headed by renowned chef Marcus Wareing and chef-patrons Mark and Shauna Froydenlund, this Michelin-starred restaurant serves seasonal, contemporary European food in stylish surroundings. Guests can also enjoy a Chef’s Table experience to discover how each dish is created.
Collins Room
Illuminated by its cutting-edge glass extension, the Collins Room pairs fresh design with British and Mediterranean cuisine. Every afternoon, it’s the setting for The Berkeley’s fashionable take on afternoon tea: Prêt-à-Portea.

Claridge’s:
• Forbes Travel Guide 2019
5 star rating *****

• International Property Awards 2018
Claridge’s Suites win, Best International Interior Award, Best Interior Suite in London and Best Interior Suite in the UK

• The Caterer Hotelier’s Hotel Awards 2018
Claridge’s named in top 5 London hotel list

The Connaught:
• Forbes Travel Guide 2019
5 star rating *****

• Michelin Guide 2018
Helene Darroze at The Connaught retains two Michelin Stars

• AA Hospitality Awards 2018
Helene Darroze at The Connaught awarded 5 AA Rosettes

The Berkeley:
• Harden’s London Restaurant Awards 2017 The Collins Room wins the award for Best Afternoon Tea.
• Restaurant & Bar Design Awards 2017 The Collins Room at The Berkeley wins the Best Luxury Design award.
• Belgravia in Bloom 2017 The Berkeley wins the award for Best Pub, Hotel or Restaurant Display for McQueens’ Wizard of Oz floral creation.