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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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Ranked #8 of 1,073 hotels in London
Staffordshire Moorlands
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22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Afternoon Tea”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

Stunning venue for a special occasion. Very attentive and helpful staff. Food was delicious and extremely well-presented. What a way to spend an afternoon. Great ambience and not pretentious. Would recommend this to anyone who wants to be pampered whilst having a cup of tea (plus sandwiches, scones and cakes) and a glass of Bollinger. Marvellous!.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 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, January 28, 2013
Dear Mike_from_Staffs,

Thank you very much for your wonderful review of your recent Afternoon Tea with us.

I am delighted that you felt that The Goring was a stunning hotel and a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. The team in the Lounge pride themselves on ensuring that all of our guests feel relaxed but also pampered and well cared for during their time with us. Also Ian and his team in the pastry produce such an array of delights it is difficult to know where to start.

We do hope that you will return for another pampering session before too long and we are thrilled that you chose to celebrate such an occasion with us.

With warm regards,

Graham Copeman
General Manager
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

It always amazes that a London hotel can be so personal. A welcome back by name and met so warmly at the door. This is hospitality at its best and we were treated like a royal on the very same day the the hotel received the Royal Warrant, the very first hotel ever to do so. We were upgraded to a superb room with a view of the garden. The silk lining on the walls is a replica of that which used to be found in the royal carriages. This is our favourite London hotel.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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, January 25, 2013
Dear DanRB,

Thank you very much for your wonderful review of your recent return to The Goring.

We were all thrilled to see you again and I am delighted that you enjoyed the hospitality that you received during your stay. It is always a joy to read that our guests have enjoyed their rooms. Alex and his team in the garden work tirelessly throughout the year to ensure that the garden always looks at its best and many of our guests enjoy nothing more than waking up to this tranquil view.

We all hope to welcome you back to your favourite London hotel before too long.

With warm regards,

Graham Copeman
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Wonderful, luxury, old world elegance. A fabulous place to relax and have a drink at the end of the day, and just a few minutes from Buckingham Palace. We had dinner there, the food was superb but the service was outstanding, it cannot be faulted, nothing was too much trouble.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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The_Goring, General Manager at The Goring, responded to this review, January 25, 2013
Dear LondonHolidaygal,

Thank you very much for your wonderful review of our Lounge Bar and Dining Room.

I am delighted that you enjoy coming to The Goring to relax and switch off are a busy day. Brian and his team in the Lounge Bar are always on hand to welcome guests and to ensure they are served their favourite tipple. It is also so hard to choose what to have in The Dining Room and I am thrilled your enjoyed your selection and were well looked after in there as well.

We do hope that you will return before too long to indulge in some luxury and old world elegance.

With warm regards,

Graham Copeman
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

I stayed here last year but haven't had a chance to write a review. I have stayed in several London hotels but none that are held in such high esteem as The Goring. I had high expectations and those were exceeded.

Service was excellent without being intrusive, and The Concierge was extremely helpful; I was travelling with my sister who wanted to visit a hairdresser and they came up with a list of suggested places with pricing, booked the appointment and delivered a hand written note to the room confirming the arrangements.

Breakfast was the big highlight for me; incredible choices and prompt service.

Only slight downside is the room was starting to show its age. I believe they are currently updating these on a rolling basis though.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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, January 25, 2013
Dear damonaustralia,

Thank you very much for your wonderful review of your stay with us last year.

I am delighted that we exceeded your high expectations and that the service you received was excellent but did not intrude on your time with us. Big John and his Concierge team is a fountain of knowledge and I am thrilled that they advised you on the perfect hairdresser.

We are now in the final wave of refurbishing the rooms at The Goring and once these are finished I do hope that you are your sister will return to see the hotel in all of its glory.

With warm regards,

Graham Copeman
General Manager
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London, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

My christmas pressie from hubby. A night in this splendid hotel - and it couldnt have been better! The staff made if for me - they were all so lovely and welcoming. The hotel is beautiful and classic, and very intimate. Having braved snowy conditions to get there - it was lovely to be welcomed into the bar area with a roaring fire - a lovely atmosphere - people having afternoon tea (which I am definately going back for). Breakfast was outstanding too. For once we seem to have found somewhere where the customer service is second to none. I would definately love to go back and also try the restaurant - which I am sure is just as fantastic as the rest of it. A fantastic experience.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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, January 22, 2013
Dear TrolliedDolly,

Thank you very much for your wonderful review of your recent stay at The Goring and I am delighted that you had a fantastic experience with us. Our team pride themselves in ensuring that our guests enjoyed every part of their stay and are thrilled to hear that they are what made your stay.

We were thrilled that you made it through the snow and that the fire in the bar warmed you up after your journey. I hope your breakfast fuelled you up for your journey home and Chef is delighted that you described it as outstanding. Please do come back to sample more of what our Dining Room has to offer and of course Afternoon Tea in the Lounge.

We look forward to welcoming you back and hope that you had a safe journey home.

With best wishes,

Graham Copeman
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

The most wonderful place for relax and exclusive comfort. Smiling, helpful staff around the clock. Breakfast was inbelieveble deliscious. Lovely atmosphere, clean rooms and a heavenly bed. I will definitely be coming back!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 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, January 22, 2013
Dear Ann Kristin R,

Thank you very much for your wonderful review of your stay with us last year.

I am delighted that you found The Goring to be the perfect place to relax in comfort. The Goring breakfast is one of the best ways to start the day; the only problem is what to choose!

We are delighted that you will be back to see us and hope that it is before too soon.

With kind regards,

Graham Copeman
General Manager
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St Andrews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

I was fortunate to be able to return with my wife to the wonderful Goring last week for the 5th time (might be 6 but not sure.....)

To be welcomed-back by name by the doorman as we arrived was the precurser to yet another great stay.

We had (as we did last year) one of the 'Most Splendid Silk Rooms' and indeed it was splendid - everything that you would expec tin a room in a hotel at this level, but the quality of it all is very. very good indeed.

It was as ever the staff who helped make your stay one of the very best. Attention to detail, managing to get the subtle balance of service just right (not too overbearing...)

I cannot praise this hotel and the team who operate it highly enough - and I look forward to returning soon.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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, January 18, 2013
Dear StephenOwen,

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

We were delighted to welcome you back to The Goring for what is turning into an annual event and are thrilled that we didn’t disappoint. The team are all chuffed that they helped to make your stay and are very touched by your praise.

We also hope that you will come and see us again before too long.

With warm wishes,

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 Romantic Hotel in London
#15 Business Hotel in London
#24 Family Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Goring 5*
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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