I admit I had fairly low expectations for my stay at the Strand Palace Hotel. Just look at how much it costs to stay here per night versus neighbouring hotels - most hotels are at least double the price. I was expecting an average experience, but I couldn't have been more pleased with my stay.
The hotel is just a few minutes walk down the Strand from Charing Cross tube, opposite the Savoy. The first surprise: being greeted by a doorman on arrival. Then into the smart and bustling lobby area, with its concierge, luggage desk and information points, rack of free magazines and newspapers, meeting areas and aquaria. The receptionist was very friendly and check-in was swift.
The hotel is BIG, so when you get out of the lift on your floor, do take notice of the maps of the rooms next to the lift.
The room (single club) was of average size, but spotlessly clean with modern furnishings and Rothko-style prints, TV, hospitality tray, hairdryer, safe and fan (no air conditioning). The bathroom was also spotless, with Duck Island toiletries and a decent-sized shower cubicle.
I recommend getting a rate that includes breakfast. The breakfast service ran like a well-oiled machine, despite the breakfast room being very busy at all times. The hot breakfast dishes were of good quality (no economy sausages here) and were replenished quickly.
The only real negative was the lifts - they seemed to operate to some sort of random sequence. Still, it broke the ice with the other guests as we placed bets on which lift was actually going to stop at our floor!
Check-out was also friendly and swift.
I think this is going to be my go-to hotel in London. The previous weekend, I paid 2.5 times as much at a hotel that wasn't half as good. Try it, I think you'll be pleased with the value for money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of the West End the Strand Palace Hotel is easily accessible from the City and Docklands areas. The property is located in close proximity to Covent Garden, Charing Cross and a short stroll from Waterloo station. Surrounded by some of London’s finest architectural and cultural landmarks, the hotel is the perfect base for leisure travelers, while for business it provides an impressive location for important meetings with well-equipped Conference and Events rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Strand Palace Hotel London, England
- Hotel Strand Palace
- Strand Palace London
- Strand Hotel London