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Hotel Review: The Carlton Tower Jumeirah

After a £100million makeover, the Carlton Tower is more luxurious than ever, says Tanya Ghahremani

There is no shortage of beautiful luxury hotels in London, so it can be difficult for one property to stand out. However, after a stay at the Carlton Tower Jumeirah in Knightsbridge, I can confirm that this hotel stands out – and emphatically.

The property has been around since the early 1960s, when it was known simply as “The Carlton Tower”. But after closing for a £100million refurbishment in 2019, it is being reborn as ‘The Carlton Tower Jumeirah’ in 2021.

Although the exterior of the building largely looks the same, the interior has been beautifully transformed since the renovation. My room is an “executive suite” with a view of the city. Stunning views of London greet me as I gaze out the window, and it’s easy to spot recognizable landmarks like the London Eye and The Shard in the distance.

Everything here is luxurious. Slippers personalized with my initials are waiting for me next to the bed, and my key card is in pink leather, also with my initials printed on it. A game of Scrabble is waiting on the table with my name spelled out on the board, in tiles that I’m informed are actually edible – white chocolate bites.

The suite is upscale, yet comfortable. The couch in the living room is one you can easily sink into, and the bed is hands down the softest hotel mattress I’ve ever slept on.

The Peak Fitness Club and Spa is located in a beautiful space, with huge floor-to-ceiling windows. Upon arrival, I was quickly taken to one of the spa’s treatment rooms, where I received a deep cleansing facial with products from the Hungarian brand Omorovicza tailored specifically to my skin’s needs. I can’t stress it enough: my skin glowed effortlessly for two weeks after this treatment.

After the spa and a little refreshment in my room, it’s time to taste the hotel restaurant: Al Mare. Serving fresh Italian cuisine, the restaurant is located on the property’s ground floor and features gold and blue seating accented with marble and light pink accents. Once again, the hotel’s attention to detail shines through: I order a cocktail and it arrives with an ice cube on which my initials – TG – are written.

A few stars on the menu: the Tonno al Tartufo Nero, which is seared bluefin tuna with a black truffle vinaigrette, and the Linguine all’Astice, which is simply blue lobster linguine. What’s not to like?

Carlton Jumeirah Tower


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