Stayed here twice in August. First for 2 nights, then did some traveling to Oxford and Bath, then came back for 4 more nights.
If it had been any sort of bad experience, I would have cancelled my second stay. I had enquired about airport pick-up service and the concierges were very helpful in describing all of the various alternative means of airport transportation and then making the arrangements when I had decided on car service. The driver (Bob) met us and was soooooo pleasant, informative, and interesting to talk to. (We requested him for our trip back to LHR at the end of our trip.) So, that was a very auspicious start because I was having doubts about taking the trip, what with the terrible exchange rate for the USD, the recent terrorism in the UK, and then the record floods in Oxford area. Being cheerfully welcomed by Bob, was a relief. Anyway, the bellmen at the hotel were very efficient at the hotel and check-in was easy, so we were in our room pretty quickly.
The room we had was huge with a fantastic view. But I'm most picky about and what is most important to me is how CLEAN the room is. I was thrilled that it was very clean. So, two thumbs up from me on the cleanliness factor.
What I liked was that the hotel was in a quiet area, but still really conveniently located. The public bus stop is literally outside the door. The Original London Sightseeing Bus stop is right at Lambeth Bridge, which is a couple of short blocks' walk. For the tube, I found that Vauxhall (on the Victoria Line) was a quick walk to/from the Park Plaza Riverbank, but when my son was tired, we took the bus for 1 stop directly back to the hotel. Better yet, right at the Vauxhall tube stop (which has a lot of buses, like a mini terminal), there was a Starbucks. Also, there is a very pleasant bus info center aboveground and then inside the tube station, the ubiquitous info window was always helpful. Next door to the hotel is a convenience store, a pub was a block away (didn't eat there, but it looked decent), and directly across the river was a Pizza Express restaurant.
Had breakfast in the dining room. Some days it was a breakfast buffet and there was loads of variety and some days I ordered my entrée off the menu. The host/manager who greeted me every day was always on the go, looking after everything and trying to make sure everyone was taken care of. I also had room service and besides being the usual expensiveness of room service, everything was fine and the food was delivered quickly and tasted fine.
Every time we'd leave the hotel, we would see the doorman. He was omnipresent. He was always smiling. I would categorize him as "jaunty" in his purple uniform and top hat and quite "Willy Wonka-ish"---(the Johnny Depp one) --I mean this as a compliment! He was always there to hail a cab for us and to open the taxi door.
I know there's plenty I'm forgetting to include, but these are the highlights.
Oh, I know. My husband used the business centre and also the hi-speed internet access in the room. The in-room safe (big enough for his laptop and our other valuables) was useful, too.
Bathroom was large. I would definitely stay here again.
When I get my pictures organized, I'll try to add photos.
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