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Inside the Ginormous Amarillo Suite at The May Fair London

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April 12, 2011 at 2:38 PM | by | ()

As you read this, London's iconic May Fair Hotel is working to add more suites to their already impressive little collection of them. Why? Well, because it's The May Fair, but also because the hotel has such loyal guests—and deep-pocketed ones—that their suites are frequently booked up for weeks at a time. And wouldn't it be a pity, had you the cash, to be denied a suite stay at The May Fair? Yes. Yes, it would.

We dropped by the hotel recently on one such busy day, and although the famously fuchsia Schiaparelli suite was occupied, we could peek around in its twin, the Amarillo Suite.

Believe it or not, this video was shot during the very moments that the "No Cuts" protests and rioting were going down in London, the bulk of the action only a block away from here. While The May Fair's guests sipped tea and otherwise enjoyed a Saturday in the city, The Ritz was being terrorized. But do you hear any of that ruckus up here? Nope—Just the tap-tapping of our boot heels on the suite's floor. And even if you could, a quick flip on of the suite's advanced Bang & Olufsen sound system would do the trick.

The most basic rooms at The May Fair average 279 GBP ($450ish) per night, but the Amarillo Suite and other rooms of its ilk go for closer to 1,950 GBP ($3,180ish) nightly. We checked for a Tuesday night in the middle of May and found it priced at 2,340 GBP ($3,824), so better bring the Centurion card.

For that dosh, you get 1,600 square feet total and a bathroom larger than most New York City apartments. There's an open "illuminated rain" shower, a separate toilet room, a double-sink vanity with the fanciest Gilchrist & Soames toiletries we've ever seen (presented in a box!), a massive heated towel rack, and a limestone egg-shaped soaking bathtub. Of course there's a TV built into the wall next to the tub. Of course.

Outside of the bathroom, there's a king-size bed against a ponyhair wall, the latter dyed to the fitting shade of amarillo. The closets run the length of one entire bedroom wall, and double doors open to the rest of the suite, with its glass-top dining table (8 seats), sunken seating area and L-shaped comfy couch. Underneath the B&O TV is a slit of a fireplace, for rainy London evenings.

Ah yes, and we can't forget to mention that by staying in a suite, you get complimentary transfers to and from the airport (or train station, we suppose), plus 24-hour butler service and all the discretion (and CCTV entry) you desire for maintaining anonymity.

And the last word: for all guests at The May Fair, WiFi is free and fast!

[Photos and video: Cynthia Drescher for HotelChatter}

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