W - Well What can I say? I have stayed at other W hotels before and thought I would redeem points to stay at this one in London. Location is excellent. Right in Chinatown and Leicester Square, Soho, Covent Garden, Piccadilly, Regent Street, etc. I actually live in London, so this is a weekend away for me and trust me you can't get any better with the location.
I went to hotel at 10am and the concierge told me my room will be ready in 1.5 hours if I wanted a room on a higher floor or I can have one straight away if I don't mind being on the 3rd Floor. I opted to wait and went to try out the gym.
Good size gym with lots of machines and free weights. The layout of the changing room is bizarre. Basically the lockers are located in a 'general access' area, so you have people walking around you next to the lockers. Then there are 2 changing/shower rooms opposite the lockers. Behind the lockers are the sauna/steam room. This is all shared (men/women) and as mentioned in a general access area so you could have people walking around this area.
As a SPG platinum member I request for a suite upgrade but didn't get it as was told that it was a Thanksgiving weekend and there were many other Platinum members checking in that weekend. So I accepted it and hope maybe at least I can get a corner room or one bigger than a basic room.
When I got to my room on the 5th Floor I was shocked. I mean I get the W concept which try and be different to other hotels but the layout of room is really not thought after carefully. The shower room and toilet is behind a set of mirror doors. The 'rain' shower is OK, nothing special. There is actually no bathroom as such as the toilet and shower 'flows' straight into the bedroom. There is a sink and counter top in the bedroom, but where are all the amenities? I had to call for toothbrush, shaving kit! There are no cotton bud, no comb and not to mention no tea/coffee making facilities, no slippers and I could go on…
The design of this counter top is also hazardous especially the dangerously sharp metal corners! I managed to cut myself a few times on these damn sharp edges! The wardrobe door slides across to act as a double soundproofing of the main bedroom door, otherwise you can hear people talking outside your room. Also I could hear the music from the first floor. The good thing about the room is the big windows and the comfortable bed.
I also don't get the number of bouncers at the main entrance every evening. If W wants to open the bar to general public, have a separate entrance for them. Let the hotel guests have a separate lift for us to get to our rooms. The W in Taipei has a separate lift after the 1st floor which is only accessible for hotel guests!
I like the location of the hotel and would stay only if I am using my points but I certainly won't pay (not cheap) to stay here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sophisticated and quirky, glamorous and decadent, W London - Leicester Square crystallizes the quintessential dual personality of the British soul. Located steps away from theatre land, the catwalks of Brewer Street and Soho’s electric nightlife, the hotel - like the city itself - is a bold contrast of themes, colors, textures and characters. Experience luxury comfort and the vibrant decor of our rooms and suites, your ultimate pit stop. ... more less
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