The night before Kate Middleton married Prince William, she and her sister Pippa – and their mum Carole – stayed at the five-star Goring Hotel in London’s super-swanky Belgravia. A few minutes walk from Buckingham Palace, as well as being a favourite with the Middletons, the Royal Family have long been associated with the 108-year-old hotel.
And now The Goring has been named the UK’s best city hotel in The Caterer’s Hotelier’s Hotels Top 100 List, a prestigious index voted by experts in the industry. The family run hotel has 69 rooms, the grandest of which is of course the Royal Suite. Renovated in 2011 it runs the length of the top floor of the hotel and each room has French windows opening onto a giant private balcony overlooking The Goring Gardens.
Inside the dining room features a grand piano, and the walls of the master bedroom are lined with the same silk that decorated the First Class dining room on the Titanic, whilst the silk in the bathroom is a match for the throne room in Buckingham Palace. The suite comes with its own footman too.
If you can’t stretch to a stay in the Royal Suite, a King Room at The Goring starts from £370 a night, if you’re saving for a special treat. The hotel’s restaurant is Michelin-starred but it’s the afternoon tea that many people make a beeline for – they even have their own special tea blend.
While The Goring was crowned the country’s best city hotel, it ranked third in the main list, with Raymond Blanc’s countryside hotel Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire taking first place overall for the second year running.
The top ten hotels overall for 2018 are:
1. Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Oxfordshire
2. Chewton Glen, Hampshire
3. The Goring, London
4. The Connaught, London
5. Claridge’s, London
6. Lime Wood, Hampshire
7. Gravetye Manor, Sussex
8. Rosewood London
9. Gleneagles, Perthshire
10. The Ritz, London
See all of the Top 100 here.