Is a “grand hotel” ideally located near London’s West End, convenient to threatres, eateries, art galleries, and close to shopping on Bond St., and Piccadilly. Its legendary American bar offers a superb martini along with other libations, to be enjoyed while viewing an extensive collection of memorabilia. The Stafford Hotel offers luxurious 5-Star service second to none in a city known for its luxury hotels. It is a proud member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts and is the recipient of many awards and accolades.
The location No. 17 was originally built as private home back in the 17th century and most famously owned by Lord and Lady Lyttelton, daughter of the then Earl Spencer, who was pressed into service as nanny to Queen Victorian’s children. As years went by, the house changed residents and owners many times. The Stafford Club, at No. 18 was added in 1866 and the hotel was extended to No. 16 in 1912, and The Stafford Hotel was born.
During WW II, the Wine Cellars were often used as a bomb shelters while the hotel served as a club for US and Canadian officers. “Better ‘Ole Club” was formed, comprising of members recognized for their service as as HRH, the Prince of Wales. Today, there is a small museum at one end of the Wine Cellars, commemorating those events. The Nazis nicknamed a young woman of the French Resistance, the “White Mouse,” and Nancy Wake stayed at the hotel for two years, enjoying several GTs in the American Bar daily.
The 380-year old Wine Cellars have an interesting history and architectural history as well. Sir Christopher Wren lived in a town home on the original site. Then, in the early 18th century, his home was replaced with stable buildings and cellars which still stand today. These are the Carriage Houses. They were converted to 12 luxury bedrooms which include many original features such as roofs, beams, doors, windows, and the haymangers at the back of the building. Now, those accommodations with private entrances are unique to London
The well-known Madame Prunier wine shipping company operated out of the cellars in the mid- 19th century. The Stafford took over the Wine Cellars in the 1960’s and the Master Sommelier, Gino Nardella, joined the hotel in the 1980’s and (as of this writing), remains there today.
Guest rooms and suites are very comfortable and feature a flat screen TV, a Nespresso machine, free WiFi, and a working desk. Most of the beds are either queen or king sizes. Some of the suites offer a balcony and/or a fireplace. A few rooms can hold a baby cot. Stall showers can be requested.
There are restaurants, bars and meeting/banquets rooms on the premises along with a fitness center and spa.
Please contact us at 559-324-8150 or visit us at our Piazza del Fiore location (1122 E. Champlain) in Fresno, CA., to help plan an extraordinary vacation to London with a stay at the The Stafford Hotel, a “grand hotel.”