My only gripe in my previous review is that we were not offered toast at breakfast time.Which was most odd in an establishment such as this. This may seem petty but there you go. I can safely say the service at breakfast time on subsequent visits has been nothing short of exemplary as was the food.
Its a pity I cannot review all my subsequent stays as the rating would have been the same as this one. However Trip Advisor only allow one review every three months which to be fair I guess this prevents rogue reviews both good and bad.
The hotel has become my ONLY choice when in London.Ok so its only a very short walk to work but I would stay here even it was a 30 minute cab ride away from work.
I would like to focus on a visit in November last year.I arrived at the hotel at 3.45 pm to check in only to be told my room was not ready.The gentleman on reception said could I come back in around 45 minutes as he had a very special room for me.
I explained all I wanted was the room I had booked as I had had a busy day and particularly as my wife was unable to join me I was not really bothered for an upgrade and said I was more than happy for him to offer it to another guest.
He very politely insisted I had the upgrade and that I would not be dissappointed. So off I went into November night had a quick drink and went back.
Then gentleman immediately gave me my key card as soon as he saw me return to the reception area.
I wasnt really ready for what happened next.Basically I was staying in a mini house on the ninth floor! Breathtaking.Superb. No more needs to be said.
Oh, ok I guess it does. I had been given a suite overlooking the river that was spotlessly clean with every facility you should need for a stay in a hotel.Pure Magic.
I really could not be bothered going out for something to eat (which is unusual) so given my surroundings I did something I NEVER do and ordered room service food.
The order was taken by an extremley pleasant gentleman and he apologised that it would be 20 minutes.No apology needed my friend I need to work out how the bath works ! (please don`t see that as a negative point there was nothing wrong with it. It was fanatstic but took me while to get my head around exactly how to enjoy it with the whirlpool jets flooding my bathroom)
Sure enough 20 minutes later my food arrived piping hot and to restaurant quality.Good choice.
The gentleman who delivered my food was a real pleasure to meet if only for a couple of minutes.Ultra pleasant and a smile that went from ear to ear. I am rubbish with names but I do believe he wore a badge bearing a Thai flag.Pat on the back required for him.
I guess most visitors to the hotel will be visiting for other reasons such as a treat for a loved one or even on holiday.
Trust me it is fantastic and you get what you pay for.Oh and for the cynics out there that think it is my company credit card that is picking up the bill you are correct.However as I am self employed I pay it anyway.
Notable places of interest nearby are Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Whitehall, Leicester Square,The London Eye and Fortnum & Mason on Piccadilly to name but a few.
As it is coming up to that time of year again I cannot think of a better place to stay to treat a loved one for Valentines than here.So all you loved up young (and old) couples escape the predicted winter weather (probably won`t happen anyway) and treat yourself to a night here.
I will be back in February and hopefully my wife will meet me after work this time to enjoy this gem of a place.
One thing I recommend you do at least once during your stay assuming you are ok with steps is take the staircase back up to your required floor. I find it completely stunning.
One last thing.When I checked out the same gentleman who looked after me previously asked If I had liked my room.I said it was fine but wasted on me.He laughed and I guess I lied.
- 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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