We stayed there from May 5-17, 2004. We chose this hotel due to it's ideal location-- right on the Thames river, one block from the nearest tube (Embankment), and within a few blocks of many restaurants and attractions (Buckingham Palace, Regents Park, London Eye, Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, and many museums).
The hotel also offers a great full breakfast buffet, so if you are on a budget, be sure get that included in the rate. Given the exhorbant cost of food (the dollar is pathically weak as of this writing), all the meals will surely add up.
On the down side, the hotel rooms are not that great. We stayed for 12 nights and stayed in 3 different rooms: a "coutyard view", a front view and the River View. If you can get a higher up room (7th and above), river side, you'll be happier. Don't be fooled by the cheap courtyard rooms. The "courtyard" is really the ugly interior of the building with nothing to look at but more of the building and lots of trash. We asked for another room and got the front view for 20 extra pounds a night. The front view is currently partially obstructued by scaffolding (and noisy contruction workers), so don't choose that room until the major renovation is done. The river is great, if noisy, but on the 7th floor it's not les noisy (and the view is better). It costs an extra 20 pounds per night (or $40) to gaurantee a deluxe river view room, and well worth it. Don't just show up and try your luck-- you won't have any! I recommend calling the hotel directly and NOT relying on a travel agent or web site for this room.
The shower in the River view room was pretty bad, but the it was better in the other rooms. Also, the beds were very lumpy. No pillowtops here! But I overheard another couple saying the newly renovated rooms on the north side have new furniture, so maybe those beds are better. You can ask.
On a side note, it's hard to get healthy green vegatables in this city. If you're only in town for a few days, no biggie. But a week or longer, the body needs more than scones and crepes. Thai to the rescue! We located a good Thai restaurant a few blocks away, across from Trafalgar Square (Thai Square on Cockspur Street). You can order a whole plate of brocolli in oyster sauce and, fresh or not, it never tasted better, let me tell you.
- 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
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