|Location||33 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London|
|Owner||Rocco Forte Hotels|
|Management||Rocco Forte Hotels|
|Number of rooms||115|
|Number of suites||29|
|Number of restaurants||2|
Brown's Hotel was founded in 1837, by James and Sarah Brown. The architecture of the 11 Georgian townhouses mean that each room is distinctly different from another. In 1889, the hotel was unified with the neighbouring St George's Hotel, as they backed onto each other and were eventually merged to allow for a throughway between Dover Street and Albemarle Street.
Historian John Lothrop Motley stayed at the hotel in 1874, as shown in a letter he wrote on 17 June that year, to Dutch historian Groen van Prinsterer. Celebrated Victorian writers Oscar Wilde, Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, JM Barrie and Bram Stoker were also all regular visitors. The hotel was the location of the first successful telephone call in Europe, made by Alexander Graham Bell on a phone which can be seen in the hotel today. The hotel has also hosted Theodore Roosevelt; Napoleon III; Empress Eugenie; Elizabeth, Queen of the Belgians; Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia; George II, King of the Hellenes; Cecil Rhodes; Rudyard Kipling; Agatha Christie; and Stephen King. While Brown's has been described as the inspiration hotel for Christie's At Bertram's Hotel, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography says Christie's model was a different Mayfair hotel, Fleming's.
The hotel came under the management of Rocco Forte Hotels on 3 July 2003, having once been operated by Raffles International Hotels. During 2004–2005, the hotel underwent a £24 million refurbishment and re-opened in December 2005.
Brown's Hotel is noted for its traditional English Victorian sophistication fused with a contemporary feel. The bedrooms are designed by Olga Polizzi and combine modern features with traditional furnishing and are all individually decorated. The standard rooms are 30 to 50 square metres in size, with the suites being 60 to 168 square metres. The Kipling Suite is the hotel's largest, known as the setting for Rudyard Kipling's stays and subsequent writings. Its jungle-themed design, as well as decorations and literary timepieces, exude an elegance of British charm with an exotic edge.
The hotel has several restaurants and bars. Charlie's (formerly HIX Mayfair and Beck at Brown's) is an à la carte restaurant which serves seasonal British cuisine with contemporary European influence. Since September 2019, Charlie's has been overseen by Michelin-starred Chef Adam Byatt. The Drawing Room, at the front of the hotel, has served notably refined afternoon tea and light snacks since the mid-nineteenth century, featuring fine wood-panelling and Paul Smith décor. The Donovan Bar is named after the British photographer Terence Donovan and is lined with over 50 of his black and white prints. The bar is furnished with wooden floors, black leather seating and dark country check banquettes. In one corner are "naughty" adult-oriented photographs and a table for 12. The bar serves over sixty cocktails and thirty wines and Champagnes. The hotel has six private event spaces, dining and meeting rooms, which can accommodate up to 72 guests for a lunch or dinner or up to 120 people for a reception. The hotel also features a 24-hour gymnasium and spa treatment rooms.
- "Brown's celebrates its 175th anniversary". The Handbook. 28 December 2012. Archived from the original on 6 January 2014.
- Nationaal Archief (National Archives), The Hague, Collection 043 Groen van Prinsterer, 1810–1876, access number 2.21.006.43, inventory number 124
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- Morgan, Janet (October 2008). "Christie, Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa (1890–1976)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, online edn (subscription required). Oxford University Press. Retrieved 25 November 2012.