Need To Know
121, including 34 suites.
12 noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm. There is a dedicated children’s check-in: little Smiths are greeted by name as they arrive, and given a personalised gift.
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.
Breakfast, from £28 a person (organic, vegetarian and Japanese options). Children can be accommodated in cots (free) or extra beds (£75) in parents' rooms.
In addition to sessions at the Aman Spa, in-room beauty treatments can be arranged.
At the hotel
Spa, swimming pool, restaurants, bars, gym, DVD/CD library, ballroom, concierge and free WiFi throughout.
In your room
Flatscreen TV, iPod dock, DVD player, CD player, minibar and free bottled water. Bathrooms are stocked with Bamford bath products, including their baby range. A children’s welcome pack of colouring pencils and book and a pint-sized umbrella, as well as child-sized slippers and robes supplied with each child’s name embroidered will help little ones feel at home. Wii, Xbox or PlayStation consoles are all available by request.
Our favourite rooms
Suites are the best option if you’re adding cots or beds. For interconnecting rooms, there’s a broad spectrum of adjoining room categories. Avoid the split-level Library Suite and two of the Grosvenor Suites (out of 10) if you have step-challenged toddlers. Guy Oliver’s revamp retains the best of this historic hotel’s period features, with gilt detailing on the ceilings, grand bay windows and plush, polished furniture. In the contemporary wing, furnishings are a touch sleeker; in traditional rooms, expect more taupe and bronze touches, and furniture with carved flourishes.
The elegant indoor pool is adorned with an impressive water feature and there’s a steam room close by. Accompanied children are welcome in the pool, 9–11am and 3–5pm daily.
The Connaught boasts Europe’s first Aman Spa, in collaboration with Aman Resorts. Treatments are inspired by China, Thailand, India and the Americas: try a green-tea foot bath, Oriental oil massage or red clay body wrap with Navajo herbs.
Cut back on the to-do list that travelling with children entails and secure the services of a Connaught Butler. They can help you get organised, should you wish to use the unpacking service; the Connaught’s concierges are mines of information for family-friendly days out and restaurants.
You'll need to give a week’s notice to book a babysitter and all spa treatments – including beauty and holistic body treatments, plus complementary therapies – are also best arranged pre-arrival.
The hotel’s environmental committee introduces new initiatives each month; staff are encouraged to cycle to work; rooms are lit with low-emission bulbs; anything that can be recycled will be.