Liv and I experienced something quite rare recently… we had a mini break and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The break was a long time coming and thanks to The Cavendish Hotel in Mayfair London, we were able to relax in total luxury.
After travelling down from Manchester to London on the train, with Laura from Tired Mummy of Two and her daughters, walking into The Cavendish Hotel reminded me slightly of ‘Hotel Babylon’ and I felt like a star!
The front desk staff seemed quite taken with the arrival of the mini guests and it was wonderful to receive such a warm welcome. After a very quick check in we were given our room keys and numbers and off we went to the lifts. A lovely moment came when a gentleman from the Concierge offered to carry our bags, Liv took this as her cue to take her small rucksack off her back and hand this over, much to everyone’s amusement.
Up on Floor 10 we were welcomed with lights that came on as soon as we stepped out of the lift, with our room directly opposite. Upon opening the door with the very funky insert key, we were greeted with a very stylish and chic London hotel room… it was not the room as such but the actual view! It was stunning! Once I had taken the view in, that is when I started to realise how awesome the room was.
Two twin beds – possibly the comfiest beds I have ever had the opportunity of sleeping in, took centre stage and Liv made quick work of deciding which she would take. The room was equipped with a Chaise Longue (my favourite piece of furniture), a mini bar, tv situated on the wall, wardrobe and table with a chair… the most awesome feature was the Nespresso coffee machine with a range of coffees to try. Unfortunately I did not attempt to use the coffee machine as I was a little scared of it going terribly wrong. I did however watch Laura make a coffee, whilst I supped a delicious Fair Trade hot chocolate – all drinks are neatly located in the wardrobe away from little fingers.
A bottle of water by the bed with glasses was a godsend. Being from Manchester I am not used to air conditioning and found I needed the water to keep hydrated.
The executive twin room was incredibly spacious and perfect for myself and Liv – great for single families.
The food… ohhhhhh the food, where do I start! When we arrived, we literally dumped our bags and rushed to meet Laura and her daughters for Afternoon Tea. Our table had been reserved for us and set up perfectly for a delightful afternoon snack. The delicious, beautifully arranged sandwiches and pastries were very moreish, to the point we asked for more! Well, it was justified, we had been travelling all day! It was lovely to have my English Breakfast tea served in a tea infuser – something completely different and out of the norm for me.
The breakfast (which is served until midday on a weekend – very good thinking!) had me confused for some time… mainly because I did not know what to have! There were healthy options (fruit, cereal, ham, cheese etc), full English breakfast, waffles and pancakes. Laura ordered the waffles and they looked mouth watering. I eventually plumped for the full English breakfast which was served in buffet style, but you order your eggs and hash browns – I ordered several and they were cooked to crispy perfection! There were fruit juices galore and again my English breakfast tea was served in a tea infuser… a perfect start to the day!
The children were very well behaved around the hotel and the staff doted on them. During Afternoon Tea and Breakfast, the children were given little mini activity bags filled with crayons for them to colour and keep them occupied. A very good idea on behalf of the hotel and very well received. Another lovely surprise was a wonderful gentleman presenting the children with a cake-pop each at breakfast time. It was the thoughtful, unexpected surprises that really counted and made the stay more memorable.
With a high graded 4* Mayfair hotel, it is normal for children to be frowned upon and admittedly I was on tenterhooks with Liv, especially around anything that could be broken – though there really was no need to be. The staff, especially the front of house staff were very helpful and obliging and quick to accommodate the mini guests.
Whatever our requests the staff were very quick to organise, whether this be a taxi (it cost £15 from Euston and £11 to Paddington), or a super cute junior robe and activity pack (these are in rooms where families are staying – there is a lovely surprise in the robe pocket too!).
The location of the hotel could not be any more central. It took a friend and myself a minute or two to reach Regent’s Street and less than five minutes in total to reach Carnaby Street. With Fortnum & Mason opposite the street, tourists looking to be slap bang in the middle of all the action could not go wrong with booking a stay at The Cavendish Hotel.
I cannot tell you how grateful Liv and I were for the opportunity to have a break, it was a long overdue treat and the timing was impeccable. Liv and I have been invited to experience the fantastic delights of The Cavendish Hotel yet again later in the year, I am hoping I will be able to take more in this time. I was walking around in too much amazement the first time and considering all the decor and opulence it is no wonder!
A big thank you to the wonderful staff at The Cavendish Hotel from Liv and I, we look forward to seeing you again soon!