The best hotels and resorts in the world: The Gold List 2024
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The magazine editors, across four continents, share their favourite places to stay and ships to sail.
Founded in 1812, frequented by Queen Victoria and listed by 1878’s influential Baedeker’s guide as “the first hotel in London,” Claridge’s could easily rest on its storied laurels. But it has always kept ahead of the rest, enlisting the likes of Guy Oliver and Diane von Furstenberg for face-lifts over the decades to ensure it bestrides the classic and modern in a way few hotels manage. The lobby captures the art deco glamour of the Jazz Age when flappers hobnobbed with royalty. Its checkered-floor expanse buzzes with an international motley crew of Hollywood stars, brides and business types catching up over zesty Ginger John cocktails in the 1930s-style Fumoir bar. The pick of the new suites is the Georgian, an impeccable meld of English heritage and subtle chinoiserie. There’s a Steinberg baby grand piano, silk de Gournay panels in the dining room and a kitchen with a 24-hour butler.
Completed in 2023, Rigby & Rigby are honoured to be appointed as the designer for two floors of guest rooms and suites in the upper wing of world famous 5* luxury hotel Claridge’s.
A longstanding icon within the heart of Mayfair, this historic luxury institution is the epitome of timeless elegance. The refurbished wing is not only an extension of the hotel’s heritage, but also a destination for the modern traveller catering to their contemporary luxury needs.
The design concept derives from the juxtaposition of being undeniably classic but strategically modern, marking a new era in the hotel’s legacy. Glamour is distilled to its very essence, with custom design elements that are deeply rooted in craftsmanship. From the moment you enter the room you are swept into a world of tranquility with colours reflecting the warmth of a summer sunset and textures evoking a gentleness that together create a place of relaxation and escapism nestled amongst the rooftops of London.