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“Nice Hotel but room air con was out of control!!” 3 of 5 stars
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Park Plaza Riverbank London
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   18 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TJ, England (Waterloo / South Bank / Southwark)   |  
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Ranked #311 of 1,063 Hotels in London
Manchester England
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34 hotel reviews
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
“Nice Hotel but room air con was out of control!!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Stayed for one night, and although the bar and restaurant were very pleasant, the hotel room itself was ridiculously hot, so much so that it was difficult to sleep.
The room stat was turned down to 10c but it still kept on heating.
Strangely our friends had the opposite problem and had to be moved at 2am as their room was so cold!
Very strange! Think the hotel needs to get their air con people in to have a look!!
The breakfast was very reasonable although it was taken in a basement room rather than the more pleasant main restaurant.
Although the hotel is slightly out of the way, taxis are always available outside.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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MarioGarcia-Vao, Guest Relations Manager at Park Plaza Riverbank London, responded to this review, February 28, 2013
Dear martin1England

We are very sorry to read about the shortfalls experience upon the room temperature. We do appreciate your feedback and our Engineering team has been advised of this issues for review and action.

In the hope we can welcome you back soon, please do not hesitate to contact me in advance so that I may ensure a wonderful stay.

Kind regards,

Mario Garcia-Vao
Senior Guest Relations Manager
Mgarciavao@pphe.com
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

We spent one night at this hotel for my daughters birthday , the service was excellent , the rooms were spotless and we were very satisfied. when we discovered the heating was not working in our room, we were upgraded to a suite very quickly .And the sausages for breakfast were a treat on their own , delicious.


  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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MaciejHille, Guest Relations Manager at Park Plaza Riverbank London, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
Dear Graham,

Thank you for sharing your comments.

It was with great pleasure that I read how much you enjoyed your stay on this special occasion.

I appreciate all the good words and I shall look forward to welcoming you back at Park Plaza Riverbank in the future!

Yours sincerely,

Maciej Hille
Guest Relations Manager
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Houston, Texas
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10 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

We stayed at the Park Plaza Riverbank on February 2 and 3, 2012. My husband had a business meeting that week and we decided to take a brief London break beforehand.

We were lodged in the suites part of the building (not their most expensive type of room, though), and maybe this is where the difference lies. Other reviewers seem had a less stellar experience but for us, it was outstanding. Everything was sensational: the bed was super comfy, the bathroom was new, very modern & clean, great toiletries!
We had a sitting area with an ample assortment of TV channels and he was able to watch the Super Bowl which was being directly shown by the BBC!

Their staff was very helpful and kind: they even came in on 2/2 at around 6 PM (when we returned from our sightseeing) to make our bed and clean up the room because we forgot to turn the door light (from red to green) to let them know the room could be entered for housekeeping!Compare THAT to our experience at the Milan hotel! Concierge was knowledgeable and always available for tips on dining and places to go. Definitely a "go back to" place for us.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

The hotel looked good but the freezing temperature of the room took all enjoyment out of the stay. It was possible to use the heating system but it wasn't very powerful and took a while to heat my side of the room. I spent the night curled up under the covers shaking. The bathroom was absolutely freezing and should have had underfloor heating.

No lamps or anything in the room. Generally found the lighting inadequate.

Apart from that, as I say the design was nice and the staff were good. Its just for the price the experience could have been a lot better.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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MarioGarcia-Vao, Guest Relations Manager at Park Plaza Riverbank London, responded to this review, February 28, 2013
Dear Tickledpinkies,

We appreciate your feedback.

It is with concern that I read your experience as it is far from what we aim to deliver. It would be great if you could spare couple of minutes to send me an email with the room number you stayed in. This way we will be able to look into the ventilation system in that floor and prevent further inconveniences.

Please accept my apologies for any possible disturbance.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,

Mario Garcia-Vao
Senior Guest Relations Manager
Mgarciavao@pphe.com
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London, United Kingdom
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94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

We booked a room via Lastminute and got a really good rate for an Executive Room.

The room was more than we expected with lovely bathroom, plenty of wardrobe space, very comfy bed, flat screen TV and a lot of space generally.

We've stayed at both of the other Park Plaza's (which are about 20 mins walk away), and prefer this hotel although you are therefore 20 mins further away from the London Eye for example.

Breakfast was busy but supplied a good selection of food all served in a basement room with no windows which is kind of strange; mostly English breakfast choices but a wide selection of pastries also.

Our room was sideways on to the river so we could just about see the Thames but there are riverfront rooms if you want them.

Reception staff were excellent: very friendly and went out of their way to make us feel welcome and offered an efficient check out service.

We would recommend this hotel but be aware you are a little way out of central London and it will involve either walking or tube travel to get to the centre. Not a big deal but it's not very near to the tube.

We really enjoyed our stay and would probably stay here again.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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MarioGarcia-Vao, Guest Relations Manager at Park Plaza Riverbank London, responded to this review, February 28, 2013
Dear Timgin,

It’s great to read about your pleasant experience and we thank you for taking the time to share it. We are also glad to read you have made us yoru preferred hotel in the area and we look forward to your next visit.

Sincerely,
Mario Garcia-Vao
Senior Guest Relations Manager
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97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

Stayed on the 9th floor with a direct view of Vauxhall Station. Great if you are a train buff not so good if you want a long night of undisturbed sleep. Personally, I love transport so it didn't bother me but beware they run till 11:30 and start again at 5. So if they give you 905 or 903 unless like me you don't mind looking at 6 lanes of the London Transport Network, ask for a front facing room of the Houses of Parliament. What was not good was the thickness of the walls. Ok, Hotel can't do much about it now, but I heard chapter and verse of a couples discussion and they weren't shouting. But it needs soundproofing - all of a sudden the trains didn't seem that bad. Bathroom was nice with a separate shower. Room is quite well appointed and quite chic. Gym is functional but acceptable. Breakfast likewise and Staff are pleasant. Without the noise it would be 4 rated or even maybe a 5 but if you can't sleep what's the point of staying at a hotel?

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MarioGarcia-Vao, Guest Relations Manager at Park Plaza Riverbank London, responded to this review, February 28, 2013
Dear spongesdad,

Thank you for your review. We are terribly sorry to read about the noise coming into your room and we apologize for any possible disturbance. Rest assured we have put a lot of effort in preventing this with different noise isolations and I will pass this on to our Engineering team to ensure the measures are in place.

It was great however to read you enjoyed the rest of the facilities and we hope you will be back soon.

Kind regards
Mario Garcia-Vao
Senior Guest Relations Manager
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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87 reviews 87 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 45 cities Reviews in 45 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

The Hotel is nice and clean and has a modern air about it, certainly in the public areas, our room (which was a disabled room) was adequate for the time we spent in it, although overlooked the rail tracks the double glazing kept the noise out.
The bathroom featured a walk in shower which shed water everywhere, so had to use towels all over the floor to mop up, it was apparent that, had we been disabled that the two hooks provided for the towels while showering would be beyond our reach, which would seem a poor design.
The room was booked as a superior deluxe and as this is down as a four star hotel, i wouldnt have classed it as a superior deluxe..

It is in a good location, near to westminster and the city

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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MarioGarcia-Vao, Guest Relations Manager at Park Plaza Riverbank London, responded to this review, February 24, 2013
Dear Guest,

We appreciate the time you have taken to write about your experience.

I do understand your concerns and I apologize for any inconvenience caused. In order to clarify the details of the booking I would appreciate should you send me an email to the address listed below. This way I will be happy to look into the case personally and resolve any possible miscommunication during the reservation process.

This notwithstanding I was glad to learn you had a pleasant stay overall and I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

Mario Garcia-Vao
Senior Guest Relations Manager
mgarciavao@pphe.com
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Address: 18 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TJ, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Waterloo / South Bank / Southwark
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Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#213 Luxury Hotel in London
#228 Romantic Hotel in London
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#259 Family Hotel in London
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Hotel Class:4 star — Park Plaza Riverbank London 4*
Number of rooms: 395
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