A very nice hotel. The hotel actually did house the royal horseguards, hence the name. Nice lobby, with comfy sofas around a fireplace. There is even has a harpist playing very serene beautiful music in the afternoon sometimes. A computer with internet connection & printer available for free by the elevators, which is very useful for travelers.
Service was good. The reception was quick, and offered if you wanted newspaper in the room or any wake-up calls.
Finding my room was a fun challenge because the layout of the 8th floor was somewhat confusing, as I got lost going around in circles a few times looking for my room! The room itslef was very small (being used to US sized rooms), ok for a single business traveler but definitely not spacious. As my room was on the 8th floor, and had some sloping walls due to the roof-line. Had to be careful there, as I knocked my head against that sloped corner once. Ouch! The room had one American-type power socket, which was a blessing for me as I forgot to bring my adapter. Otherwise, standard UK/Singapore/Malaysia/Asia type power sockets. Security safe available in the closet, which was fairly small. Also, no iron & iron-board, which is not so good for a business traveler like myself who needs to iron out some business wear. TV channels were ok, no cable channels for movies.
Oh, free wifi available throughout the hotel, but a little pesky to use. You pretty much have to logon from your web-browser each time before you can use wifi for my iPhone apps. Shut off the iPhone/iPad/computer, and you have to logon again when you use it again. No automatic logons.
The bathroom was similarly small, but of a good size. I loved the shower head, which is the rain-style head installed on the ceiling. A waterproof TV in the shower too. No sound system though, which made it a silent-movie TV, not much use unless you blast the sound from the room itself. Heated floors and heated towel rack are nice touches. They only provided one set of towels for my room though. I like to have at least 2, and had to keep asking from housekeeping for a second set.
The reservation does not come with breakfast. The hotel itself has a breakfast buffet but expensive. The reception gave me coupons for discounted breakfast for GBP 15, which is still not cheap.
Don't worry about breakfast. Just steps outside, across the street, there are cafes such as Starbucks, Costa and several others. Very convenient location for public transportation, since the Embankment station London Underground is right there as well, and steps away is the Charing Cross train station. The Embankment station is two stops away from Leicester Square, a popular tourist spot. Trafalgar Square is walkable from the hotel as well. And right outside the hotel around the corner, the London bicycles are available for rent from the kiosk, which you can pick up, ride and drop it off in other kiosks around the city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This majestic five-star hotel presides over the River Thames. From glittering chandeliers to contemporary design, this central hotel near the London Eye reflects a proud heritage. Expect more, with free wi-fi throughout the hotel, fully refurbished Victorian splendour, award-winning dining, afternoon tea and sumptuous river view suites. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Royal Horseguards Hotel London
- Royal Horseguards London
- The Royal Horseguards London, England