Arriving at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower, I thought back to my stays at the Jumeirah properties in the Middle East, where I lived for many years. This was my first experience of one of the company’s properties outside of that region and I was interested to see how it had transplanted the brand to London.
Originally constructed in the 1960s, it opened as The Carlton Tower and was at that time the capital’s tallest building and one of the most expensive hotels to stay in. The property then passed through the hands of various hoteliers until Jumeirah took over the management in December 2001, keeping its original name but later rebranding to Jumeirah Carlton Tower.
The exterior is not particularly pleasing to look at, and little has changed externally in the 50 years since it was built. In comparison with other luxury hotels in London, the Jumeirah Carlton Tower does look pretty dated both inside and out. I did, however, hear unconfirmed rumours during my stay that the owners were planning on doing a complete head-to-toe refurbishment towards the end of the year – so watch this space.
The Jumeirah Carlton Tower’s stellar location, however, more than makes up for its looks. In the heart of Knightsbridge and a short walk from Harrods, Harvey Nichols and plenty of high-end designer shops, it also has the added appeal of being just a short stroll from Hyde Park, for those moments when you need to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.
- Daily breakfast for two
- Buffet breakfast
- Room upgrade upon arrival
- Subject to availability
- Hotel credit
- US$75 or equivalent to be used in the restaurants or Spa (one credit per stay)
- One-way airport transfer
- Only applies to guests staying in a suite
- Early check-in / Late check-out
- Late check-out until 4pm, subject to availability
- VIP welcome
- Personalised welcome amenity and card from the Manager and enhanced recognition throughout your stay
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
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