Location, the long-coveted real estate asset — most especially prized by hotels aiming to take their share of discriminating travelers — is reason enough why The Mandeville, in
Lying just north of Mayfair, long considered
Notable neighbors are nearby.
Just a few blocks away
Selfridges, the lesser-known of
And it’s all within minutes of The Mandeville, the gloriously revived 1910 hotel that appears from the exterior like any whitewashed London townhouse, before you step to the lobby with its eerily fluorescent windows and uprising of silver and Black Cherry that creates a kind of hushed club atmosphere.
The same interior designers have orchestrated the hotel’s 142 guest rooms for the utmost in comfort, furnishing each with luxurious fabrics and wall coverings that exude a lush, modern lifestyle. Exquisite marble bathrooms are equipped with amenities like power shower and combined hands-off radio and telephone with bath accessories supplied by The White Company.
Flat screen interactive LCD televisions with broadband access, two telephone extensions with individual voice mail and 24-hour room service provide the solo traveler or power couple freedom to manage their personal and business affairs with ease. The hotel concierge can arrange preferential service at two local health clubs and a nearby day spa in
Designed by Stephen Ryan the deVille’s vibrant décor has been fashioned for those who choose to dine in a relaxed, but elegant atmosphere whilst taking pleasure in the delightful modern British cuisine devised by the restaurant’s Executive Chef. The interior spaces are emphasized by a large, patterned, floral wallpaper motif punctuated by theatrical Perspex framed paintings and Venetian mask wall lights. Silver, Weimeraner brown and white are the key colors.
At dinner for four we were joined by our ex-pat friend Cathi, a native New Englander turned UK County Executive, and her husband Gary, an amiable Brit whose two-decade, travel industry career has afforded him a wry sense of humor, most useful at a dinner with friends who stop by on short notice once every few years.
The promise of something extraordinary
beckons diners into the DeVille.
The British tradition of afternoon tea is
gracefully presented in the DeVille tea room
We began with two shared salads: one of goat cheese, ruby grapefruit and watercress with Pomegranate dressing, the other with
Gary, a self-described meat and potatoes man, had the evening special of grilled sirloin steak, green beans with galette potatoes. Cathi found the organic salmon with shrimp fishcakes and light tartare dressing a healthy alternative. Robin, ever adventurous, chose sea bream, spiced lentils and bok choy while I took my queue from the Scots with a trio of new season lamb, minted pea puree and
Seeking a fitting end to the sumptuous repast we celebrated our reunion over steamed chocolate and ginger pudding and a plum tart with Grand Marnier sabayon. deVille 2-course special menus are $33U.S., with 3-course $42U.S.. Entrees $26U.S. to $40U.S.. Lunch is served from 11:00 AM to 3:00 p.m., dinner from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
For reservations call 020 7935 4040.
To call the deVigne Bar neo-modern is a classic understatement. The celebrated surroundings, Vogue Magazine described them as “Baroque and Roll,” and vibrant colors of red, green and silver make the deVigne bar a rare and truly magnificent place. Here, designer Ryan has blended contemporary furnishings and 1960’s style glass chandeliers with furniture inspired by the Biedermeier and Regency periods. The long mirrored bar features the same damask print as the more traditional French upholstered walls.
Beckoning you to the bar the deVigne’s extensive whisky list has been supervised by spirit writer and broadcaster Ian Wisniewski and the in-house mixologist has created a most imaginative cocktail list. Light bites and finger platters are served day and night. Open 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m Monday through Saturday, Sunday 5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Take life to the top.
The Mandeville’s most treasured space is the Penthouse Suite, a townhouse with its own entrance staircase, bedroom and sitting room that steps to a ten foot square terrace overlooking
Mandeville Hotel Style
West End shows like "Billy Elliot:
The Musical" should be booked in
advance through companies like
Keith Prowse, an international
agent with an inside track to
London theatre, events,
0870 840 1111 (info and booking)
0870 906 3860 (after sales enquiries)
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