Just returned from my 3rd visit to London. And with each trip, I have "upgraded" my lodging. (First time was a hostel, second time was The Blakemore, which was nice- but wanted something more central for this short visit) The Strand Palace was a little more than I wanted to spend ($500 for 4 nites- which was part of my Expedia package), but for London, thats not bad at all. For whatever reason, I usually don't use too many of hotel's amenities.. didn't go to the restaurants, etc. But I did use the concierge to get tube travel cards. I didn't encounter a queue and the staff was quite friendly. And since reception wasn't able to accomodate my early check in (8am), I had to check my luggage and pick it up at their check in time of 2pm. The porter was friendly, but seemed a bit overworked. The hotel location was wonderful. Its on the Piccadilly tube line (which runs from Heathrow). After exiting the Covent Garden tube stop, its just a short walk thru the cobblestoned, pedestrian only shopping area, then straight thru Covent Garden Piazza, before arriving on The Strand. The fancy, more expensive Savoy is directly across the street from the hotel. At least 3 different theaters are within 50 feet of the hotel entrance, plus multiple restaurants, etc. In addition to Covent Garden tube stop, there is also the Charing Cross (at Trafalgar Square) and Leicester Square tube stops within walking distance. Even Westminster Abbey is a short, scenic walk away.
The hotel itself is quite nice. Very bustling reception area. Alot of people coming and going between the restaurants, conference rooms, etc. There are multiple stairwells plus 3 elevators. Each floor has seating areas and a refreshment room. I was on the 1st floor and the hallway could've used some fresh paint and new carpet.. but no biggie. The hotel room was very nice and updated. Fairly good sized, vanity/mirror/chair, closet with a mirror inside the door. The loo appeared quite modern with all tiled floor/walls, it had a heated towel rack. oh la la. And as someone else mentioned, THE most impressive water pressure EVER in the shower. It was almost TOO much power! ;-) The only issues I had with my room were-- no view out my window (I had a view of the hotel rooms across an airshaft), many TV channels weren't coming in & the remote didn't work. Though I could've complained about this and I'm sure they would've fixed. But it wasn't that big of a deal to me. And it was quite cold while I was there and though the heat was more then adequate during the day, at night I had it on "MAX" and I was still chilly. And lastly, though my bed would appear to be comfortable... my back was killing me. But its not like the bed was hard as a rock, or soft/squishy/lumpy... it obviously just didn't suit me.
When I return to London, which there is no doubt that I will, I will probably try and stay at The Strand Palace again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcoming guests since 1909, the Strand Palace Hotel is surrounded by the best London has to offer. Set on the Strand in the heart of the capital's West End, the hotel is mere moments from Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square and the Thames, making it the perfect location for discovering cultural icons and for those travelling on business. The hotel is home to an award-winning restaurant serving British cuisine, including cooked breakfast, as well as superb bars offering afternoon teas and exquisite cocktails. ... more less
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