Recently stayed at the beautiful art deco hotel Claridges. From the minute you set foot outside this grand old lady of a hotel, you are treated like royalty. The hotel was undergoing some updatiing to the foyer area however every effort was made so that this had minimal impact upon its visitors. This visit was a treat to celbrate my birthday. We have a Westie who accompanies us every where. Jamie was also mad very welcome. At the check in desk it was noted he was with us and after been shown to our room we found that we had been allocated a larger room. There was a bed and bowl for Jamie which was great, something less to have to pack. The room we had could have done with some updating and I was wondering if they kept back certain rooms for visitors with pets?? However the room was large and well appointed with everything that you would want. The bathroom was sacious and as well as having a large bath there was a walkin shower with a huge shower head. Luxuary robes, plentiful soft fluffy towles and fantatic toiletries completed with the marble floor and art deco tiling over the bath. The room we had was also suitable for a wheelchair user with good access around the bedroom and access to the bathroom as well.
We had room service in the form of afternoon tea. This was well presented and enjoyable. Our room rate included breakfast, we opted to pay the £5 delivery to have breakfast served in our room. A luxuary but for me someone disabled and I find it difficult to get up early. You can have your breakfast delivered when you want it. The breakfast was of good quality and choice and served with hot coffee in a well insulated pot.
We also managed to get a table in the Foyer area to take tea. The only draw bak with Claridges is that if you just want a drink with a cake or scones you must be in the Foyer or Reading room. These areas are booked up many months in advance leaving you the only option is to have your dinks served in your room. We were luky and were found a space to take tea, again this was pleasureable but at £50 for 2 pots of tea and 4 scones with jam and cream, I did no feel represented value for money. However we were offered more tea and scones, which we had to decline as were we dining there later that evening.
Diner in the Reading room was very nice. The tables for 2 were on the small side and when things started to arrive the table soon filled up. I sat in my wheelchair and found my knees were above the table. The only way I could get them under was to move my footrests and lower my feet to the floor. We opted to eat from the A La Carte menu. Again the food was of good quality and quantity. The wines that the staff helped us chose were also very good. The service was attentive without being over the top. The prices in the restaurant are onpar of a 1 star Michelin rate. I have dined at many stared restaurants and they are not up to a 1 star rating, but the food and service are of good quality.
Our overall experience at Claridges was a very positive one and we will certainly return and would reccomend anyone to stay here for that special ocassion. Make use of the overnight complimentary shoe shine and news paper service. Check the hotes website as deals at the weekend can come in at around £400 per room per night with breakfast. Felt very spoilt and can not wait for the next visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the centre of London’s Mayfair, Claridge’s embodies grand English style, timeless glamour and impeccable, intuitive and highly tailored service. It is London’s art deco jewel, and home to breathtaking rooms and suites. From London’s finest afternoon tea in the Foyer and Reading Room to vintage champagnes and rare spirits at Claridge’s Bar or after-dinner drinks in the Fumoir, all are part of the hotel’s unique splendour and charm. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Claridge`s Hotel London
- Claridges London
- Claridges Hotel London
- Claridge's London, England