In an average year I tend to stay at over 150 hotels and I rarely find time to write a review. But certain hotels really need to be talked about. I had the pleasure of staying at The Stafford between Christmas and New Years. No this hotel is not the Ritz or the Dorchester nor will you see a ton of rich/elite or famous people always walking around it. Thats because those that do come here are able to hide and feel at home. Having 3 buildings for the hotel you do not even need to go through the lobby to get to your room. I had the pleasure of booking a Mews suite and then being upgraded to the Penthouse... So I can not answer to any rooms being small as this room seemed to be the entire top floor. Having a bedroom, huge closet, main washroom, office, sitting room, dining table, guest washroom, and terrace. There was also my own private Christmas tree in the room. I had the hotel reserve a car transfer to and from Heathrow in an S-Class and the trip went flawlessly and when I arrived at the hotel the staff knew I had and greeted me promptly and brought me to the room. Breakfasts were included in the package I had reserved and were very good. The only complaint I can make against this hotel is regarding the room service.. both days I needed to call back several times before any one even answered and then it took well over the 30min mark that they told me it would take. This is something they definitely need to improve on, especially since I was the guest staying in the best room in the entire hotel. Other than this the hotel is in an amazing location. Having only stayed 3 nights the first day I had the hotel book a car for 7 hours in which I was able to see Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, The British Museum, St Paul's Cathedral, the National History Museum, Royal Albert Hall, the V & A Museum as well as Harrods, John Lewis, Harvey Nick's, and Selfridges.. The second day I could out just how close a walk the other monuments and shopping are. Across from the main building is and alley that you walk though to Green Park and can be at Buckingham Palace in 5 min, there is a shop on the far side of it, and I bought so much I said I'll just take the quick walk back to the hotel as its so quick.. It was then also an easy walk to Westminster Abbey, Parliament, St James Palace and then on to Bond St, Fortnum and Mason and the Picadilly Circus. the courtyard in the back of the main building where you need to go to get to the 2 others opens onto St James St. For location this hotel is flawless, staff make you feel at home and it is a true 5 star hotel. I only peeked into the American Bar as I was so tired both days I couldn't be bothered to go in but apparently most male royals have all been here. This is a real must stay at hotel and I was a long time in choosing a 5 star hotel in London as there are so many. I was really happy with my stay, and I do not think I will ever stay at another hotel when I am in London. When leaving though there was also a bit of confusion that should be looked into as my car was already waiting and there was a long wait for me to check out and get a receipt as there are only 2 desks to apparently check people in and out, was a minor inconvenience but can still be improved upon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Stafford London is a leading five star hotel in London and defines all that is quintessentially British. Located in the historical neighbourhood of St James's, it is set in a discreet and prestigious location beside the Royal Green Park. Opened as a hotel in 1912 and rich in history since the 1700s, it offers luxurious rooms and dining with an award winning, personalised guest service. The famous American Bar with floor to ceiling memorabilia and 380-year-old wine cellars are a sight to behold. Make sure to ask for a tour of the cellars and the in-house museum; the wine cellars doubled as a bomb shelter during WWII. ... more less
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