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The Goring
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Beeston Place, Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W 0JW, England (Mayfair / St James's / Piccadilly / Green Park )   |  
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Saltcoats, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Elegance and sophistication in London”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

From entering beautiful reception and foyer x lounge so relaxed for champagne and canapés x lunch for 6 adults amazing x oysters whitebait lobster special and scallops great entrees x mains were recommended beef with Yorkshires x fantastic plus sole and lamb x sweets amazing but "early Christmas pudding " a wow thanks to the "butcher" x cheeses sweet wine port champagne liqueurs x all just fantastic and unrivalled x bottle of champagne from chef a lovely touch x all in all just the best. Top food top drinks -wines amazing x top service and location xwhats not to like x

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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The_Goring, General Manager at The Goring, responded to this review, December 6, 2012
Dear maxie_and_mrs,

Thank you very much for your wonderful review of your recent luncheon in our Dining Room

I am delighted that you enjoyed yourselves from the minute you walked into the hotel. Chef, Jeremy and David spend a lot of time sourcing the best ingredients possible for our menu and so it is always lovely to read that a guest has savoured every moment of their meal.

We do hope that you will return to The Goring for another gourmet delight and of course not forgetting to sample some more of our Sommelier’s top tipples.

With best wishes,

Graham Copeman
General Manager
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Telford, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
34 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

From the moment the taxi arrived we were impressed with the service nothing was to much trouble. We dined in the restraunt both nights and the food was very good with a set choice menu £49 p.p.not to bad for a 5 star London hotel although breakfast was £30 p.p. If good service and fine food are your main criteria then this could be the hotel for you. However if you are looking for a hotel with all modern modcons then you may be dissapionted. The Goring has been a hotel for over a hundred years and could benefit from a few upgrades certainly when spending over £800 per night room only I do expect a fridge and tea and coffee facilities in the room. The plumbing leaves a little to be desired and the warm air heating takes time to work, as for the lighting well i still didnt know which button to press to put a light on iether the curtains opened or the TV burst in to life?. If I forgive these few things then I have to say it is a fine Hotel [just revel in its history].

Room Tip: We stayed in a spendid suite with balcony. At least then you can let in some fresh air.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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The_Goring, General Manager at The Goring, responded to this review, December 5, 2012
Dear stevev0,

Thank you very much for your review of your recent stay at The Goring.

We were delighted that you chose to spend your anniversary at The Goring and that you were impressed by the service of the team. Our team pride themselves in ensuring that all of our guests feel at home the moment they step into the hotel. We refrain from having mini bars and tea and coffee facilities in the room as we prefer that our guests are served a freshly brewed cup of tea or coffee at whatever time day or night.

From the team and myself we hope to welcome you back to The Goring before too soon.

With warm regards,

Graham Copeman
General Manager
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

you can't beat the location and you can't beat the bar service ... from the Scotch selection to the quality of the tea (this from a coffee drinker).

I recently stayed 3 nights there for work and I'll be back ... on the plus side: the rooms are bigger than other rooms I have stayed in (London scale), 9/10 of the staff are well trained and very friendly, the hotel 'feels' comfortable & the bathroom was a classy modern and a good size.

But; TV was old, not enough power points, expensive internet, the food is overpriced for the quality but there are plenty of options nearby.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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The_Goring, General Manager at The Goring, responded to this review, December 5, 2012
Dear Usul_Dune,

Thank you very much for your wonderful review of your recent stay at The Goring

We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us especially your time in our Lounge Bar while sampling our Scotch or tea selections.

Unfortunately the TV in room 104 is one of the few older models remaining in the hotel. However these last remaining few are to be upgraded shortly so that they match those to be found in our other rooms.

I am thrilled that you will be returning to The Goring and we all hope that it will be before too long.
With best wishes,

Graham Copeman
General Manager
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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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101 reviews 101 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

We came for dinner in May and as a result of the fantastic service and quality all round, we decided that it was a good venue for my 50th birthday celebration. So I invited 6 people to dinner and we stayed the night and so enjoyed breakfast too.
Everything was as good , if not even better that in May. No resting on their laurels for the Goring. Full marks. I'd recommend it thoroughly as would all other guests.

Room Tip: It's worth going for an upgrade if you possibly can. Well worth it . The rooms are far superior...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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The_Goring, General Manager at The Goring, responded to this review, November 30, 2012
Dear ShrewsburySal,

Thank you very much for your wonderful review of your recent celebratory stay with us.

We were delighted to welcome you back to The Goring especially for such a special occasion. I am thrilled that that you had a fantastic birthday and even more so that we were even better than during your previous visit in May.

I hope that it won’t be too long until we welcome you back to The Goring.

With best wishes,

Graham Copeman
General Manager
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Colchester
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

Rooms are rather small and the carpet looks like the horseguards had recently passed through. Beds are an overdose of feathers, not a good night’s sleep.
Bar you have to be taken to a table even if the place is empty. Numerous staff are constantly “patrolling”, a little intrusive, and start hovering when you are two thirds down your glass.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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The_Goring, General Manager at The Goring, responded to this review, November 30, 2012
Dear Yegodsandlittlefish,

Thank you very much for your review of your recent stay at The Goring.

I am sorry that you didn’t like the carpet in your room. That particular carpet has a very high silk content which means the crush of the pile leaves shadowing. These however are shortly to be replaced to avoid this type of misconception.

As a hotel we pride ourselves on having a high staff to guest ratio and many of our guests love the relaxed service we offer, feel well cared for and most importantly at home the moment they step through the door. We love our guests to relax and feel that all their needs are met.

With warm regards,

Graham Copeman
General Manager
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canterbury
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

My husband and I treated ourselves to a night at the Goring in early October, as we had tickets for 'War Horse' and the following day, we were going to visit Buckingham Palace, and the hotel was conveniently sited to be able to stroll there easily. We decided to have afternoon tea, a very substantial spread that we knew would keep us going until after the show. A good tea, although not as special as 'afternoon tea' as we had enjoyed at Reid's in Madeira. Tea was served in a very yellow conservatory, with extraordinarily ornate drapes, overlooking an attractive garden, an oasis of calm in central London. Our room was elegantly decorated and furnished with David Linley furniture, beautifully made with light woods although rather massive for my taste. Heavy satin drapes, and silk lined walls completed the picture. However the whole was let down by finger marks on the drapes, and black mould marks where the mastic joined the bath and the marble surround---very evident whilst sitting on the loo!!!
Our main comment was the stifling feeling off being 'over-flunkied'!! Too many people milling around the reception area, one was tripping over them all!! Best thing was the very good coffee that we enjoyed, with a sandwich, on our return from the theatre, and again when we returned from our visit to Buckingham Palace, prior to collecting our cases and returning home. If you love 'over the top' then this is the place for you-you will love it. If you prefer perfect, but understated service, look elsewhere.

Room Tip: Our room overlooked the front door, was very pleasant, a/c worked well and there was no intrusive tr...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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The_Goring, General Manager at The Goring, responded to this review, November 21, 2012
Dear littleacorn101,

Thank you very much for taking the time to write about your recent stay at The Goring.
I am delighted that you loved and our bright and sunny terrace where you enjoyed your afternoon tea overlooking The Goring gardens. We are so lucky with our garden and as you mentioned it is an oasis in the heart of London.

Your room is one of our newly refurbished rooms by Russell Sage and I have to agree it is very elegant. The furniture is all bespoke for room 51 and I am thrilled that you thought it was beautifully made and in lovely light woods.

As a hotel we pride ourselves on having a high staff to guest ratio and the feedback we receive shows that this is one of the many reasons guests enjoy their time with us so much. Many of our guests love the relaxed service we offer, feel well cared for and most importantly at home the moment they step through the door.

We do hope that you will return to The Goring to indulge in another cup of London’s best coffee!

With kind regards,

Graham Copeman
General Manager
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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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83 reviews 83 reviews
34 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

It hs been some months since I last stayed at this hotel and the wlecome was as warm as ever.
This hotel is of the very best hotels in England offering excellent service food and ambienc in a totally unique British style and if you have not stayed here before I can only suggest that on your next trip to London you book a night or two here.
Rooms are well appointed may be not as big as other five star hotels but comfortable and I always have a good noghts sleep
Location is great near Buckingham Palace and close to many London landmarks

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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The_Goring, General Manager at The Goring, responded to this review, November 16, 2012
Dear MalcolmR52,

Thank you very much for your wonderful review of The Goring and it was lovely to welcome you back after a few months away from us. I am delighted that you immediately felt at home again and as if you had never left.

We all hope that you will be back to see us again soon especially when you are looking for another good night’s sleep.

With warm regards,

Graham Copeman
General Manager
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Address: Beeston Place, Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W 0JW, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Mayfair / St James's / Piccadilly / Green Park 
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Luxury Hotel in London
#13 Business Hotel in London
#17 Romantic Hotel in London
#18 Family Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Goring 5*
Number of rooms: 69
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Having been lovingly refurbished, The Goring has entered a new era, yet retains its time-honoured style and exceptional service. The small, intimate hotel stands out from the crowd as London's last family-owned luxury hotel, as well as its unique Royal Warrant from Her Majesty The Queen and one of the largest private gardens in the capital - an urban oasis. Nestled in fashionable Belgravia, adjacent to Buckingham Palace, this fantastic London location offers guests easy access to Knightsbridge, Mayfair and more - perfect for shopping and theatre, work and play. The hotel's sumptuous bedrooms and suites offer supreme comfort and the finest furnishings, whilst The Dining Room and Bar & Lounge serve the best in British food, irresistible cocktails and an award-winning traditional afternoon tea. ... more   less 
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