Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Red Carnation Hotel Collection Escape

The internet can be used as a great escape. At least it has been for me. Whenever I need to get away from the hustle and bustle around me, I simply "google" luxury hotels and destinations and away I go!

Vacation destinations, hotels, retail shops and even restaurants all understand the power of cyber marketing and so they have put their best foot forward to entice online visitors.

My recent fantasy cyber vacation was to London. I went to the Red Carnation hotel collection.

The hotel's 6 luxury boutique hotels offer the perfect get a way. It's website shares stunning photos of its public areas and rooms. The rich layered interiors and regal style are representative of a sophistication that is uniquely English.

Conde Nast Traveler's January 2011 issue featured 5 of Red Carnation's hotels in it's Gold list selection for "Best Places In The World To Stay".

Shown below are the 6 locations which for me are a feast for the eyes. Especially if traditional style is your preference. These hotels are indicative of Beaux Mondes Designs motto "Inspirations for Traditional Living".


This first property is located in the heart of the Mayfair district. It has 94 deluxe guest rooms and 13 luxurious suites. The decor is described as Regency with a traditional private club feel.

Lobby Area

Lobby Area

Terrace Bar

Terrace Bar

Afternoon Tea in the Conservatory

Butlers Restaurant

Reception Lounge

The Library

A private dinner in the Library

Superior King ($326.64 per night)

The Duchess Suite Living Room ($1,065.00 per night)

Duchess Suite Bedroom

Berkeley Suite ($714.52 per night)


This beautiful Georgian townhouse hotel is located in Bloomsbury district and boasts 88 deluxe guest rooms, 11 suites and one apartment suite.

Reception Area

Public Lounge

Public Lounge

Terrace Bar

Terrace Bar

Superior Room ($285.81 per night)

Superior King Room ($318.47 per night)

The Marquis Master Suite ($579.78 per night)

Governors Suite ($1,020.00 per night)

Governors Suite Sitting Room

Governors Suite 2nd Bedroom


This Victorian style grandeur is located in the Kensington district in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea overlooking the Kensington Palace. This location offers 56 deluxe rooms including suites and 6 two bedroom apartments.

Afternoon tea in the Park Lounge

The Conservatory

Chenestons Restaurant

Stables Bar

Stables Bar-upper level

Deluxe King ($574.00 per night)

Superior Queen($408.36 per night)

Deluxe King Room ($574.00 per night)

Apartment I ($978.44 per night with 7 night minimum)

Apartment III ($978.44 per night with 7 night minimum)


Located in the heart of fashionable Knightsbridge, the Eagerton has 28 rooms including 2 suites located on the top floors.

Drawing Room

Drawing Room

Afternoon Tea in the Drawing Room

The Dining Room

Victoria & Albert Suite ($1,462.00 per night)

Studio Suite ($849.40 per night)

Deluxe Queen($424.70 per night)

Classic Double ($408.36)

#5 Hotel 41

Located in what is being described as one of the most sought after areas of London, Hotel 41 is just south of Buckingham Palace along 41 Buckingham Palace Road. This 5 star location offers 30 rooms including 2 suites.

Hotel Lobby Entrance

Public Lounge

Public Lounge

Hospitality Suite ($1,142.00 per night)

Executive King Room ($439.40 per night)

1 Bedroom Apartment(must email hotel to inquire on rate)


Located directly opposite the Palace, the Rubens is the closest hotel to Buckingham Palace. It offers 143 deluxe rooms, 8 royal superior rooms and 10 luxury suites.

Leopard Bar

Library Restaurant

Palace Lounge

Classic Double Room ($243.38 per night)

Saville Row King Room ($259.72 per night)

Private Dining in the Jubilee Suite

Prince of Wales Royal Room ($365.89 per night)

Elizabeth I Royal Room ($365.89 per night)

Junior Suite ($504.74 per night)

Classic Twin Room($243.48 per night)

How beautiful was that? I hope this virtual trip left you inspired as it did me to make it through the routine knowing that one of these fabulous hotels await me for the ultimate getaway.

All images courtesy of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection

As an interesting aside, the creators of these gilded hotels have a tarnished reputation in some circles. You certainly won't find some of their past partners or U.S. Treasury officials resting their heads on the plush pillows at the Red Carnation Hotels. Stanley and Bea Tollman fled the United States in 2003 after they were charged with tax irregularities and bank fraud related to their sale of the economy lodging chain Days Inn. Defaults on loans against the Days Inn chain are part of the allegations. Charges were dropped against the Tollman's in exchange for a 2009 plea agreement and the promise to pay the United States $60,000,000.00 over 5 years.


Visual Vamp said...

Just fabulous! Makes me remember my first decor love: Urban English Country Design.
And the last tidbit was intriguing!
I will think of you whilst viewing The Royal Wedding.
xo xo

Janie's World said...

Hi Julio,

Great post. London is notorious for super expensive but tiny and dingy hotel rooms. You have managed to find some beautiful and affordable rooms ( some of them were way out of my price range). My friends stayed at 41 and they LOVED it! We laughed because they wanted to tell us all about their Romance package, but it was just a little too much information! We met them next door at The Rueben for drinks and had absolutely terrible servivce When you have to stand up and wave your arms at the waiter you know you are getting bad service!!!

The enchanted home said...

WOW oh WOW! I am bookmarking this under my fave posts because this is a place I will want to visit..fabulous between the bar and the library dining room..I could live there all weekend! What a place!!

xinex said...

Beautiful hotels, Julio! So luxurious!...Christine

Barbara G. said...

These hotels are exquisite! definitely on my wish list. Thank you for this great post.

Kimberly said...

The lobby, the terrace bar, the tea conservatory.. Oh god, it must be one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen, and it is not even live so I do not know exactly how it looks like... But from what I see, it looks like the place of my dreams...
I want to get married there =)
Now, I´m going to Argentina next Summer and I heard there are great hotel in buenos aires and I want to know if you can find one similar to this one so I can stay there, would that be possible?

Vinay Kumar said...

Sach a amazing Hotel Bed Sheets Collections, You definitely inspired me.