Club Floor Close-Ups

  • Date: Thursday, 10 June 2010

Like the club-lounge concept, but prefer not to stay in a large chain hotel? London’s “41” (41hotel.com), a boutique five-star that’s part of the Red Carnation Group (redcarnation.com), is the place for you. Housed in what used to be the guesthouse for Buckingham Palace, the hotel feels posh and private, with an executive lounge that resembles an airy gentlemen’s club. Guests of all 25 rooms are offered a welcome drink at check-in, enjoy complimentary Internet access, a DVD library, fancy snacks and Belgian chocolates, and a boardroom, if available. Nightly, from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., travelers can “plunder the pantry”—a complimentary buffet of cold meats, seafood, salads, fruit and loaves of bread. While guests do have to pay for alcoholic drinks at an  honor bar, “if you ring us three days before arriving and request a particular wine or beer, we will have that for you,” said general manager Andrew Gortchacow.

Club Floor Close-Ups