We checked in to this hotel on 23rd December for four nights. I had opted for one of the deluxe rooms with view, facing the Thames. When we arrived at the hotel we were warmly greeted and shown to our room by the guest relations manager - she was charming, and explained the workings of the room to us.
We had never been away from home at Christmas, so I had asked the hotel if they could do something to the room to give it a Christmas'sy feel - well, on arrival I was delighted to see a real Christmas tree, fully decorated and lit up as we entered the room. In addition they had placed some nice Christmas touches around the room. This instantly made the room more homely - not like a typical hotel bedroom at all.
The room was spacious, well fitted, with a huge comfortable bed. The bathroom, had a nice bath, separate shower enclosure, heated floor and a television set into the wall at the end of the bath! - all together a very nice room indeed.
My only niggle was with the wardrobe - not a great deal of hanging space, mainly due to the ironing board and iron contained within, and the design of the drawers, with the safe on top taking up almost half the hanging rail. It was impossible to hang even shirts above this drawer/safe area without creasing them - but we coped, as it was only four days.
Two large double doored windows fronted the room with wonderful views across the Thames to the London Eye. We also had views of St Pauls and various other landmarks from the windows. In the evening, between the London Eye all lit up, and the various buildings lit in fancy colours the view was quite magical.
In addition to our room being decorated, the hotel was beautifully decorated for Christmas. The public spaces are varied and spotlessly clean. We took drinks in the quaint bar area and also had a late supper just outside this area by the piano one evening
On Christmas day we had booked to have lunch - well, I was not disappointed. The room was very nice and the food, all 5 courses, was super. Service was slick, without being obtrusive, and the time allowed between the courses was just right.
I have to say the staff are also what make this hotel. All the staff we encountered were polite, friendly and helpful. In particular, the restaurant staff, both at breakfast and on Christmas day. The wine sommelier was also very helpful when it came to chosing the wine for Christmas lunch - knowledgable, but not condescending, as many can be.
The hotel is very centrally located in Whitehall. Horseguards is less then 5 minutes walk, Downing Street about 5, and Trafalgar Square about 10. We could not have been better placed.
Taxis, should you require one are usually outside the door, or sitting at the Corinthia Hotel opposite, but the ever so friendly Doorman will soo arrange one if none are obvious.
All together a super stay at this lovely hotel. Dont take my word for it, give it a try when you are next in London - you wont be sorry.
Thanks again to all the staff for making our Christmas so enjoyable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This majestic five-star hotel presides over the River Thames. From glittering chandeliers to contemporary design, this central hotel near the London Eye reflects a proud heritage. Expect more, with free wi-fi throughout the hotel, fully refurbished Victorian splendour, award-winning dining, afternoon tea and sumptuous river view suites. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Royal Horseguards Hotel London
- Royal Horseguards London
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