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“Afternoon Tea - as it should be” 5 of 5 stars
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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 #6 of 1,066 Hotels in London
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19 hotel reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Afternoon Tea - as it should be”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

Ask for a seat in the main lounge (as opposed to the extension looking out on to the garden), and this is Afternoon Tea to perfection. Comfy seating, good service, delicious, fresh food. Big pots of tea. My new favourite in London. Will be fabulously cosy in winter, too.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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The_Goring, General Manager at The Goring, responded to this review, June 12, 2013
Dear nicolakmorgan,

Thank you very much for your wonderful review of your recent afternoon tea at The Goring.

I am delighted that following your afternoon tea we are your new favourite in London. It is always lovely to read that a guest has enjoyed their whole experience whether it be the service or the tasty treats they were served.

We look forward to welcoming you back during the colder months for a cosy winter tea beside our roaring fire.

With warm wishes,

Graham Copeman
General Manager
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

Attentive and personal service as always. A delightful hotel in which to stay. This is my second review and I have remarkably little to say. When a hotel operates to this standards only praise is due.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 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, June 10, 2013
Dear JHMH1959,

Thank you very much for another wonderful review from you of your time at The Goring.

We were delighted to welcome you back to The Goring and even more so that we didn’t disappoint you on this visit. It is wonderful to read that simply all there is to write is praise.

We all hope to welcome you back before too long and we are thrilled that you loved room 114.

With warmest wishes,
Graham Copeman
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

The Goring is a small, gem nestled just behind Buckingham Palace. A short walk to Victoria Station makes covering all of London's key sites a breeze via the Tube. And, it's an easy walk to the Palace grounds and the beautiful walkways and park that surrounds the palace. It is an expensive place to stay but the service was top notch -- it was impressive that the doorman and the concierge greeted us by name each time we returned to the hotel in the afternoon. The concierge was very helpful and made our stay stress-free by providing advice and helping us secure tickets to the venues. The rooms are lovely and comfortable with US outlets in the room as well as UK outlets -- a nice surprise. Dining in both the bar/lounge and the formal dining room was outstanding. Top notch service and delicious food. I would return to the Goring again and recommend it highly for the discriminating traveler who is looking for a superior, high-end experience and willing to spend a premium price for it.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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, June 10, 2013
Dear Lee S,

Thank you very much for your review of your stay with us in May.

I am delighted that you had a wonderful time during your stay with us. It is always a joy to read that guests have enjoyed every aspect of their time from being greeted at the door to the food they sampled in either the Lounge or the Dining Room. Our team pride themselves on addressing each of our guests by name and I am thrilled that this has been acknowledged.

I have to agree, Big John and his Concierge team have a wealth of knowledge on what to see and do in London. They are also brilliant at securing tickets to ensure you don’t have to queue and have the best seats in the house.

We are all thrilled that you would highly recommend The Goring to any traveller looking for a high end experience and we hope to welcome to back before too long.

With warm regards,

Graham Copeman
General Manager
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Dublin, Ireland
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45 reviews 45 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

My first time in this superb hotel. Great location in quiet street. Beautiful garden with resident duck and new ducklings , a lovely quiet place for food or drink devoid of the surrounding hustle and bustle of the city. Very friendly and professional staff. Superb breakfast - silver service , cooked to order. No ubiquitous buffet ! Room a little on the small side but very well appointed.
Very close to the useful hub of Victoria train station

  • Stayed June 2013, 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, June 10, 2013
Dear graham w,

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

I am delighted that you had a fantastic first time experience with us. It is true we are so lucky with our location tucked away on Beeston Place but just moments from Victoria Station and plenty of London’s top sights.

I am thrilled that you found the team to be friendly and professional and that our breakfast was the perfect start to your day. Our resident duck and her ducklings have become celebrities in recent weeks and I can assure they are thriving on the attention!

We hope that we will welcome you back to our oasis that is The Goring before too long.

With warm wishes,

Graham Copeman
General Manager
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Bromley, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

Famous for the Kate and William wedding. Lovely hotel in very central London position. Room and bathroom were first class. Our room was on the front and on that particular night suffered from a lot of street noise, not the hotel's fault of course. Service was excellent and breakfast was very good. Room rates were very high and prices for drinks expensive. Overall a great hotel for those that can afford it.

Room Tip: If you like to have your windows open for fresh air at night then maybe a room at the back might be...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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, June 5, 2013
Dear johartrog,

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

I am delighted that you thought that the hotel was lovely and in a great location. We are very lucky be tucked away on a quiet street but within a moment’s walk of some of London’s top sights and attractions. With our central London location with of course do have some ambient noise from the surrounding area. However there is never a need to open a window in a bedroom at The Goring as O. R. Goring installed air conditioning in 1921 ensuring that all the temperature in each of the rooms can be adjusted to the guest’s preferences.

We are thrilled that you found the service to be excellent during your time with us and enjoyed your breakfast. From all of us at The Goring we hope that you will return before too long and of course please do request one of our garden facing rooms for your next stay.

With warm wishes,

Graham Copeman
General Manager
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013 via mobile

My family stayed at the goring for 7 days and had a wonderful experience. The service was exceptional and the staff went out of their way to give us anything we needed. I would highly recommend The Goring Hotel.

Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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The_Goring, General Manager at The Goring, responded to this review, June 4, 2013
Dear 2011Cindy,

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

I am delighted that you found the service during your stay to be exceptional and that you were well looked after no matter what you needed.

We are thrilled that you would recommend a stay at The Goring and we hope to welcome back before too long.

With warmest wishes,

Graham Copeman
General Manager
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York, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

My husband and I went with friends to The Goring for a drink - I have been a few times before and have always enjoyed the aptosphere. At this visit it was very crowded but we were served quickly - once seated they bring round trays of nibbles - very tempting!.
The Goring is a small hotel but one of my favourites - very central (not far brom Buckinham Palace). The doorman was very friendly as soon as we stepped out of the taxi made us feel very welcome
Would definitely recommend this place.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 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, June 4, 2013
Dear Julia C,

Thank you very much for your wonderful review of your recent visit to our Lounge Bar.

I am delighted that you had a wonderful time with us and enjoyed the atmosphere and the canapés which I have to agree are very tempting!

We are thrilled that we are one of your favourite London hotels and hope that we will see you soon for a drink and another selection of nibbles.

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:
#6 Luxury Hotel in London
#10 Business Hotel in London
#17 Family Hotel in London
#18 Romantic 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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