Brown’s Hotel

Famous for theatre, shopping, dining and the arts, with beautiful parks and a rich, varied
history, London is a place where you can experience the best of everything. Mayfair is in the
heart of London and Brown’s Hotel is in the heart of Mayfair. With Bond Street and the open
spaces of Green Park a stone’s throw away and St James’s equally as close, Brown’s is one of
the most prestigious addresses in the city. It has hosted many distinguished guests since it
opened as London’s first ever hotel in 1837, including President Roosevelt as well as Rudyard
Kipling and Agatha Christie, who wrote novels at the hotel. Today, the hotel personifies the
refined sophistication of modern British luxury. Each room and suite is individually decorated
and many feature antiques and artworks, creating a contemporary elegance and glamorous air.
The Donovan Bar and HIX at The Albemarle restaurant celebrate art and cuisine, making
Brown’s the place to be seen. Brown’s also offers award-winning afternoon tea for those
seeking a quintessential English experience.
Brown’s Hotel in London, a Rocco Forte Hotel, has opened the doors of its re-designed
Kipling Suite following a three month renovation, led by Olga Polizzi, the group’s Director of
Design. The original Kipling Suite has been merged with the Albemarle Suite and reimagined to
form the largest space now available to guests of Brown’s Hotel. Named in celebration of the
English author Rudyard Kipling, who wrote The Jungle Book during one of his many stays at
Brown’s Hotel, the suite features personal touches from the hotel’s illustrious history.
The Kipling Suite is the first of the ‘Forte Suites’ to be unveiled by Rocco Forte Hotels, part
of the newly launched Rocco Forte Suite Experience programme of benefits for guests.
Olga Polizzi and her talented team have designed a new entrance lobby for the suite,
which leads into the bedroom and the beautifully proportioned Kipling sitting room. With floor-
to-ceiling windows throughout, views over Mayfair’s Albemarle Street and the use of English
wallpaper and fabrics by designers Lewis & Wood, as well as silk curtain fabric by Manuel
Canovas and furniture by Julian Chichester, the hotel’s location is central to the suite’s design.
Authenticity is at the heart of Rocco Forte Hotels and was fundamental to the redesign of the
new suite. Of the project, Olga Polizzi says: "Like all of our rooms at Brown’s Hotel, we designed
the Kipling so you can feel that you are in London. This will be a grand classical suite of great
comfort with a combination of antique pieces and contemporary designer items. The English
theme carries on and is maintained as in all our rooms at Brown’s Hotel with English wallpaper,
fabrics, colours and objects."
Upon walking through the new double door entrance to the renovated suite, guests’ eyes
are guided to a number of antiques hand-picked by Olga Polizzi: a 1940s Alabaster pendant
light is complemented by two antique Italian decorative side lights; classic small-scale wallpaper
by Lewis & Wood is the backdrop to a pair of duck egg blue glass table lamps with applied
motifs, positioned atop a traditional console table.