Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel and The Lowdown on London
As host of the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, the world will descend upon London this summer to root on their favorite athletes. This surge in visitors will give the English capital’s luxury accommodations an opportunity to shine, but few can match the luster of the Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel.
Luxury Link’s London correspondent recently had the opportunity to visit this five-star boutique gem in trendy Belgravia, and filmed this “insider’s access” video.
Upon stepping off cobbled Lowndes Street, guests are greeted by the attentive front desk staff and given an overview of the property’s array of amenities. This includes a pair of on-site restaurants: the relaxed Lowndes Bar and Kitchen featuring a menu of inventive, modern British food and site of your complementary morning breakfast, and the Al Fresco Restaurant Belgravia, named one of London's top-three outdoor restaurants in 2011.
Guests also have access to the exclusive Peak Health Club & Spa - one of London’s premier health and beauty centers – on-site at the nearby Jumeirah Carlton Tower. Facilities include a gym and aerobics studio, sauna, steam room, a state-of-the-art golf simulator, award-winning spa and the crown-jewel of the facility, a 20-meter indoor stainless steel swimming pool. In a city where space is at a premium, this glimmering haven for lap swimmers is a real rarity among London hotels!
The included perks with your Luxury Link vacation experience extend to your Deluxe Room at the Jumeirah Lowndes, where a bottle of champagne and selection of gourmet chocolate-covered strawberries greet you upon arrival. With luxurious touches including an iHome iPod Dock and Nespresso machine, the ambiance is one of homey – yet upscale – modern British charm.
However, in a city as vibrant as London, most hours will likely be spent outside your guestroom. As mentioned, the Jumeirah Lowndes boasts an enviable location in exclusive Belgravia. The Hotel overlooks leafy Lowndes Square, and for a much larger swath of greenery, Hyde Park is mere blocks away. This is also the neighborhood of perhaps the world’s most upscale department store, Harrod’s.
Meanwhile all of London’s main attractions – from Big Ben to Buckingham Palace to St. Paul’s Cathedral – are in close proximity thanks to the highly-developed London Underground subway network; Knighsbridge is the closest “Tube” stop to the Jumeirah Lowndes. For an edgier experience, head to the Tate Modern gallery and other museums along the south bank of the River Themes. Evenings are best spent sampling the wide range of cuisines that define London’s “melting pot” culture – Indian food is particularly divine here – while no visit to the English capital is complete without taking in a theatre performance in the West End.
If you’ve already seen London, a stay at the Jumeirah Lowndes will go a long way towards rekindling your love affair with this dynamic city. For those inspired to visit after London showcases itself to the world this summer, the Jumeirah Lowndes is a perfect, luxurious portal to experience the sights, sounds and personality of Jolly Ol’ England!