The May Fair completes £75m overhaul

21 Sep 2006 by Mark Caswell
The May Fair Hotel finishes its extensive overhaul this month, after two years and a £75m refurbishment programme. The iconic hotel in the heart of Mayfair dates back to the 1920s and was purchased by the Radisson Edwardian Group in 2004, which is operating the May Fair as a stand alone brand. Every room in the hotel has been overhauled as part of the refurbishment, and an entirely new wing added at the rear, as well as an extra floor on the existing wing on Berkley St. There are now 406 bedrooms in total, including ten suites and 11 "Al Fresco" rooms, which include external decking, ornamental gardens, outdoor television and private dining facilities. All rooms now include hand made wool carpets, Bang & Olufsen TVs, furniture by Philippe Hurel, complimentary wifi internet access and triple glazed windows. Bathroom fittings are made of Sicilian marble and include full-size Gilchrist and Soames products. Superior (standard) rooms are a minimum of 21sqm, with deluxe rooms starting from 35sqm. Amba Bar and Grill serves seasonal British fare in an Eastern inspired interior, while the May Fair Bar has its own entrance on Berkeley Square and serves tapas-style British dishes. Other stand-out features include London's largest private-hire cinema with 201 seats, a spa with ten treatment rooms and a steam chamber, as well as 16 meeting rooms including the Crystal Room, complete with a £1 million Baccarat chandelier and capable of seating up to 250 guests theatre style. The business centre is open 24 hours a day and offers secretarial services and mobile phone hire. When Business Traveller checked today, rates for a midweek stay in early October started from £270 for a superior room. The May Fair Hotel Stratton St London W1A 2AN +44 (0)800 374 411 Report by Mark Caswell
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