Need To Know
214, including 61 suites and interconnecting options.
12 noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm, although rooms are sometimes ready before this (subject to availability).
Double rooms from £540.00, including tax at 20 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of 5% per room per night on check-out.
Rates are room only; à la carte breakfast, from £5 for fruit yoghurt to £32 for the full English plus buffet selection. Children Cots for under-3s (free) and extra beds (£75) for children up to age 16 can be added to parents’ rooms; interconnecting rooms can be set up with twin beds on request.
All public areas are on the ground floor or reached via the lift, and easily accessible with a buggy/wheelchair. Some rooms are adapted for less able guests, for example with wider doorframes and grab rails.
At the hotel
Restaurants; cocktail bar; spa with sauna, swimming pool and gym; personal training; in-room beauty treatments; CD/film library; concierge; free WiFi throughout.
In your room
Flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, minibar, Bamford Organic toiletries, slippers, bathrobes. Children get their own little robes and slippers, fun soaps and organic baby toiletries, as well as kids’ magazines delivered with your morning papers. The very top suites have iPod docks and iPads on request, plus a host of extras from champagne to fresh flowers.
Our favourite rooms
Every room at the Berkeley is individual; all are stylishly decorated and well-appointed. If you only need one extra bed or cot, we'd plump for a chic Robert Angell-designed Balcony King room; otherwise interconnecting rooms and suites are the best choice for families. Superior or Deluxe King rooms can be interconnected – with the option of twin beds – to most room categories. Deluxe Junior Suites and Superior Junior Suites are open-plan rooms with distinct sitting and sleeping areas, which can easily take an extra bed or cot; Corner Suites and Knightsbridge Suites have separate bedrooms and living rooms and can be linked with other rooms to form two-bedroom, two-bathroom suites. At the top end, the one-bedroom Conservatory Suites have vast city-view terraces, living rooms and acres of space.
Sitting in a colonnaded space with a retractable roof that’s opened up in fair weather, the Berkeley Health Club & Spa’s heated indoor pool may be small, but it’s perfectly formed; there’s not another hotel in London that can boast skyline views like this. With Roman steps, floats to borrow and diminutive proportions, it’s perfect for a family swimming lesson: accompanied children are welcome in the pool 12pm–2pm and 4pm–7pm Monday to Friday; 11am–2pm and 4pm–7pm Saturdays; and Sundays 10am–12pm. The 1.2m-deep pool is alarmed, too. Occasionally there are fun extra activities (last summer's were synchronised swimming lessons).
As well as a fully kitted-out gym with inspiring views of Hyde Park, the Berkeley Health Club & Spa also has five treatment rooms, a sauna and steam room, and offers a traditional but luxurious menu of pampering, including Comfort Zone facials, massages and mud wraps, plus beauty and pregnancy treatments. It’s open weekdays 8am–9pm, and weekends 9am–7pm; personal training, yoga sessions, boxing and swimming lessons can be arranged from £80 an hour.
There are children’s films to borrow free, and on-demand TV movies for £12 for 24 hours. Don’t forget your swimming gear for the hotel’s unique-in-London rooftop pool.
Guests need to book at least three weeks ahead for dinner at Marcus Wareing. It's wise also to schedule spa treatments and tables at Koffmann's in advance. Book 48 hours ahead to guarantee a babysitter.
No (although guide dogs can be accommodated on request).