I had booked a one night stay as a special treat for my wifes 40th birthday and all my expectations were met easily. As I was driving there I had already made the hotel aware that I required parking, and on arrival the doorman had our luggage removed and car taken away very swiftly (the traffic wardens are a menace in the west end). Booking in was effortless and we were then taken to our room by William who also gave us a quick tour of the hotel pointing out its various amenities. Once at the room he explained that we had also been given a complimentary upgrade to a deluxe executive room. The room was huge and furnished beautifully. The bed was superkingsize and very comfortable. There was ample storage space for our clothes and it was nice to see that was a selection of clothes hanger types. The rest of the rom was well appointed with a safe, minibar, writing desk & dresser. Also a sofa with 2 armchairs and a large coffee table. I had ordered a bouquet of hand tied flowers for my wife and they were of a very high quality. Sitting next to them on the table was a small birthday cake and a hand written card from the Ritz wishing my wife a happy birthday. This was quite unexpected and really was a lovely surprise. They even put a little candle to one side. It's the little things like this that make all the difference when staying at a quality hotel. It shows that the guest is being thought of as more than a source of revenue. .... As for the rest of the room, we had a view onto Piccadilly, being a townie this suited me fine, the noise from the road was negligible. Also provided was a decent size lcd TV with Sky and a Bose soundwave radio. The in house wifi was straigtforward to set up too. The bathroom was again nicely appointed with a nice selection of toiletries and very comfy bathrobes. I did think however that it was a little small in comparison to the size of the main room, (my last visit to the west end was at The Savoy and the bathroom was twice the size).
We didn't dine at the hotel as we had reservations at Le Gavroche. We did have a post meal drink in the Rivoli bar though. Very pleasant art deco style, you can easily imagine guests from the 1920s and 30's enjoying a cocktail or two here... word to the wise though, pay attention to what you order as the vintage cocktails can hit £200 each !!!! We decided to have continental breakfast in the room the following morning, again faultless. Checking out was quick and easy, although a mistake was made on the bill, which I didnt notice till later in the day. One phone call took care of that and they were of course very apologetic.
In conclusion, we had a very enjoyable stay. The staff were very attentive and easy to talk to and nothing appeared to be too much bother. The hotel is very elegant and has a very tradional English feel to it although has many hidden modern sides tucked away. Yes it is expensive, however I'm a firm believer in what you pay is what you get, and I'm very happy with what we got. Go on treat yourself or a loved one, you won't regret it........
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Opened by renowned hotelier Cesar Ritz in 1906, The Ritz today still retains all the glamour and excitement synonymous with this world famous hotel. Perfectly located in a landmark position on Piccadilly in the heart of London's West End, the 136 room luxury hotel is ideally placed to suit both business and leisure visitors alike. Now totaling 111 bedrooms and 25 suites, the elegant rooms combine the original Louis XVI style interiors with modern day technology. Considered by many to be one of the most beautiful rooms in the world, The Ritz Restaurant features a magnificent frescoed ceiling with west facing windows overlooking the Terrace, the Italian Garden and Green Park beyond. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, with a Dinner Dance on Friday and Saturdays. The Palm Court restaurant offers, most famously, daily Afternoon Tea service which has been popular since the hotel first opened. The stylishly updated Rivoli Bar was designed by Tessa Kennedy and features Art Deco styled interiors. Open daily with a bar menu. Private dining facilities at William Kent House, the 18th century mansion house at The Ritz, include an exquisite selection of banquet rooms and suites. Possibly the most elegant and opulent private rooms in London, William Kent House offers the perfect venue for private receptions, weddings, boardroom meetings, lunches, dinners and gala events. The Ritz London is a Grade II star listed building and in 2002 became the first hotel to receive the Royal Warrant from his Royal Highness The Prince of Wales for banqueting and catering services. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Ritz London Hotel London
- The Ritz Hotel London
- Ritz Hotel London
- Ritz London
- London Ritz-Carlton
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