Jumeirah Carlton Tower

Location, location, location. Steps away from Hyde Park, Harrods and trendy Sloane Street, the five star Jumeirah Carlton Tower is an elegant hideaway in Knightsbridge that is fit for a modern day princess. It’s the first hotel that sprang to mind when I consulted the gorgeous UAE-based fashion designer and social media star Tamara Al Gabbani about her favourite hotel in London. Like her, the Jumeirah Carlton Tower is all about luxury, class and warmth.

Sweet Suite

That park view terrace really steals hearts. It’s one of the reasons Tamara loves this city hotel.


You can get the same view from your bedroom window if you book early enough to nab a park view room. The interiors are all cream and brown leather – the perfect backdrop to the greenery ahead.

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Even the bathrooms show beautiful attention to detail. Marble, marble everywhere!




Yes, yes, of course a fantastic hotel like this would have an all star restaurant like the infamous Rib Room, where you will have the best steak of your life (don’t forget to order a side of the creamiest mashed potatoes ever). It’s the afternoon tea at Chinoiserie that you need to make sure not to miss. It’s a girly-girl’s dream come true.

jumeirah carlton afternoon tea

Shoes made out of cake!



From a rooftop indoor pool to well trained therapists, the Peak Health Spa is very popular with locals and tourists alike. You’ll even enjoy it if you do nothing but sit poolside with a stack of magazines while it drizzles outside.

jumeirah carlton spa

jumeirah carlton health club

Fun Times

You’ll get a lovely sunset view from the Rooftop Bar, though the hotel is situated in one of the trendiest parts of London where there is no shortage of trendy restaurants, bars and clubs to hop to. Here’s an idea: head to the Rooftop Bar and point out where you plan to go next 😀

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In London, layering is a practical and fun way to enjoy a stylish stay in the city. The beautiful Tamara’s look is elegant and it helps that her wardrobe has some seriously covetable pieces. Here is some inspiration to Get Tamara’s Look:

Jumeirah Carlton by Tamara Al Gabbani


Patrizia Pepe long sleeve shirt
490 AED – yoox.com

Chanel tweed jacket
10,650 AED – 1stdibs.com

High waisted legging

Manolo Blahnik pumps
2,185 AED – bergdorfgoodman.com

Chanel purse

Vivienne Westwood pearl jewelry
330 AED – vanmildert.com
Guest Post by Rupert Wright of Ashbright
Paris holds no terrors for well-heeled travellers, who can check into one of the city’s eleven palaces such as ­ the Georges V, Plaza Athénée, Le Bristol or my favourite, Le Meurice. But for those on any kind of budget, finding a decent place to stay in the French capital can be a challenge. Bedrooms smaller than a bathroom, bathrooms smaller than a bidet, we’ve all stayed at one of them and lived to regret it. So, it’s with great pleasure that I have found almost the perfect Parisian hotel – and you don’t need to be a tech billionaire to afford it. The Bedford has been family owned and run for more than a hundred years, combining Swiss roots, French flair and English tradition. It benefits from strong leadership, attention to detail, and a staff eager to look after you. With just 140 rooms, it is large enough to intimate, but not so large that you are anonymous. It’s a 4 star, but deserves more.
The rooms
Parquet flooring; high ceilings; comfortable beds and pillows; keys rather than plastic cards; and best of all, real switches, that turn the lights on and off. The Bedford has sensibly ignored many of the technical traps that can make staying in a hotel room more challenging than setting up your own satellite transmission site. The result is a place that combines understated elegance with modern touches and old school service. Some rooms overlook the rue de l’Arcade, others look over a courtyard, but all are a decent size and a muted colour. There is air-conditioning too, which is a relief when the summer strikes.
Breakfast is a buffet in a glorious belle époque room, boasting stucco reliefs and a glass roof. Dinner happens here too, French cuisine and fairly formal. There’s also a relaxed bistro/bar that serves meals and cocktails.
A stone’s throw from the Place de la Madeleine, the Place de la Concorde and the Tuileries Gardens, and the Opera, this is one of the best areas to stay in Paris. (Marcel Proust used to live just around the corner). It is a lively area, with great boutiques, wine bars and an eclectic mix of restaurants, Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Lebanese and French too.
Don’t miss
The Bedford knows that many people like to travel with their pets, so they are allowed to stay too.
HOTEL BEDFORD, 17, RUE DE L’ARCADE 75008 PARIS Tel. : +33 (0)1 44 94 77 77 Fax : +33 (0)1 44 94 77 97 More information at www.hotel-bedford.com
Rooms from €250; Suites from €450


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Sara Hamdan

Welcome to a magazine editor’s guide to luxury hotels and what to wear when you’re there! My work has appeared in: The International New York Times, Rolling Stone, Variety and CNN Travel. I’ve held editorial roles at VIVA Magazine, Dubai Magazine and Stylist Arabia.  Now, I freelance for the likes of Google, CNN and Savoir Flair!

Editing travel pages was always my favourite part of working for lifestyle magazines. I started this blog out of a love of beautiful hotels that provide the fairytale escape of a day as a princess where breakfast is a buffet and chocolates appear on my pillow.

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