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The Goring
Ranked #7 of 1,077 Hotels in London
Certificate of Excellence
New York City
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10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“First rate, through and through”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2013

I recently stayed for 4 nights in this intimate and sophisticated gem of a hotel during a quickly planned trip to London. From the moment I arrived until I departed, everything met or exceeded my expectations. I suggest you opt for a rate that includes breakfast and wifi as I did - the neighborhood didn't appear to offer much in the way of dining. The breakfasts were delicious as was the generous cookie plate that I ordered each evening after returning from a long day of sight-seeing.

The staff's attentiveness was first-rate, as was the decor and condition of my room. The entire property seemed spotless and I noticed very little wear and tear though I read elsewhere on this site that they're soon to be replacing the carpet in one of the lounges that looks a little tired. The complimentary shoe shine is a great touch. The hotel is located in a relatively quiet pocket near Buckingham palace, which made sleeping easier and a block away from the Victoria subway station for quick access to other locations.

I was traveling solo, but this would be a great hotel for a couple to enjoy.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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The_Goring, Manager at The Goring, responded to this review, February 13, 2013
Dear nycsmf,

Thank you very much for your wonderful review of your recent stay at The Goring.

I am thrilled that throughout your stay we either met or exceeded your expectations of what staying with us would be like. We are all delighted that you found the hotel and staff to be first rate through and through.

We do hope that you will be back to London before too long to start the day with one of Chef’s breakfasts and to have a night time treat before you retire for the night.

With warm regards,

Graham Copeman
General Manager
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Palm Beach, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2013

I stayed for a week, while in London for business. The hotel is truly a relaxing oasis in the middle of a bustling section of London. Very personal approach to supporting customers saying at their establishment....from the check in welcome thru the entire stay.

For business traveler, the Internet service was good while working from room.....

Lounge was a relaxing way to spend the end of a day for a quiet drink and quality food.

Hotel was was walking distance to local business destination and Victoria Station for trains to reach meeting points.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JupiterBeachDude
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The_Goring, General Manager at The Goring, responded to this review, February 4, 2013
Dear PBTrav,

Thank you very much for your wonderful review of your recent stay with us while you were in London.

I am delighted that you enjoyed the personal approach of the team during your stay and that you found the hotel to be a relaxing oasis within bustling Belgravia. We are so lucky with our location with the highlights of London only moments from the hotel.

We hope that you will stay with us on your next business trip to London and that you will enjoy another relaxing drink in our Lounge.

With warm regards,

Graham Copeman
General Manager
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Palm Coast, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

What can i say other than wow,amazing gorgeous spendid etc.
This Hotel is the best I have stayed in.
From the moment you step out of the taxi by the entrance you are treated like royalty. It now has the Royal Warrant and deserves it. The Duchess of Cambridge and her family stayed here before her marriage to Prince William.
The reception staff from the concierge ( very helpful gentleman in the bowler hat at the door) to the check in and out staff were very attentive and welcoming beyond anything i have experienced before.
As for our 'Spendid Room' as it was called it was indeed spendid, it was large and had a patio/balcony with table and chairs to enjoy the view of the garden (unfortunately it was very cold so we didnt use it) We had an enormous bed and the bathroom was wonderful with a full size bath 2 wash basins and a seperate walk in power shower.Unusual TV arrangement it appeared out of the dressing table at a touch of a button. In fact everything was controlled by several button panels including the curtains and lights and heating.There was only one thing missing a trouser press unless it was there and i missed it. Unusual novelties were the sheep, the sheep footstool was lovely and the small sheep on the bed was cute.
The breakfast was delicious freshly prepared and an extensive menu and the waiting staff were very attentive.
We had drinks and lunch in the Bar which was excellent.
This hotel is a perfect location for the use of the Victoria station and underground plus its a short taxi ride into the West End and Buckingham Palace is very close as are many of the attractions which London is famous for.
There are several theatres within walking distance and I can recommend Billy Elliot on stage.

Room Tip: We had Room 38 beautiful, first floor.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Robertson;Mrs.a... R
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The_Goring, General Manager at The Goring, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
Dear Jules099,

Thank you very much for your wonderful review of your recent stay in Room 38.

I am delighted that from the moment Mariusz opened the door to you, you felt welcome and well looked after. I am sorry that it was too chilly for you to make the most of the balcony but I am thrilled that you loved your room especially the sheep. Our Concierge team are also on hand to press your clothes for you in our valet thus a trouser press was missing from you room.

I do hope that your delicious breakfast fuelled you up to tackle the chilly London weather that we have been experiencing of late. It is so difficult to know what to choose from the breakfast menu it all makes my mouth water.

We hope that you will be back to The Goring before too long and of course the sheep will be on the bed.

With warm wishes,

Graham Copeman
General Manager
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Staffordshire Moorlands
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193 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

Stunning venue for a special occasion. Very attentive and helpful staff. Food was delicious and extremely well-presented. What a way to spend an afternoon. Great ambience and not pretentious. Would recommend this to anyone who wants to be pampered whilst having a cup of tea (plus sandwiches, scones and cakes) and a glass of Bollinger. Marvellous!.

Room Tip: Just had afternoon tea
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Mike_from_Staffs
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The_Goring, General Manager at The Goring, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
Dear Mike_from_Staffs,

Thank you very much for your wonderful review of your recent Afternoon Tea with us.

I am delighted that you felt that The Goring was a stunning hotel and a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. The team in the Lounge pride themselves on ensuring that all of our guests feel relaxed but also pampered and well cared for during their time with us. Also Ian and his team in the pastry produce such an array of delights it is difficult to know where to start.

We do hope that you will return for another pampering session before too long and we are thrilled that you chose to celebrate such an occasion with us.

With warm regards,

Graham Copeman
General Manager
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

It always amazes that a London hotel can be so personal. A welcome back by name and met so warmly at the door. This is hospitality at its best and we were treated like a royal on the very same day the the hotel received the Royal Warrant, the very first hotel ever to do so. We were upgraded to a superb room with a view of the garden. The silk lining on the walls is a replica of that which used to be found in the royal carriages. This is our favourite London hotel.

Room Tip: The silk lining in room 99 is a replica of the silk that used to be found in the Royal carriages. Gr...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank DanRB
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The_Goring, General Manager at The Goring, responded to this review, January 25, 2013
Dear DanRB,

Thank you very much for your wonderful review of your recent return to The Goring.

We were all thrilled to see you again and I am delighted that you enjoyed the hospitality that you received during your stay. It is always a joy to read that our guests have enjoyed their rooms. Alex and his team in the garden work tirelessly throughout the year to ensure that the garden always looks at its best and many of our guests enjoy nothing more than waking up to this tranquil view.

We all hope to welcome you back to your favourite London hotel before too long.

With warm regards,

Graham Copeman
General Manager
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London
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

Wonderful, luxury, old world elegance. A fabulous place to relax and have a drink at the end of the day, and just a few minutes from Buckingham Palace. We had dinner there, the food was superb but the service was outstanding, it cannot be faulted, nothing was too much trouble.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank LondonHolidaygal
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The_Goring, General Manager at The Goring, responded to this review, January 25, 2013
Dear LondonHolidaygal,

Thank you very much for your wonderful review of our Lounge Bar and Dining Room.

I am delighted that you enjoy coming to The Goring to relax and switch off are a busy day. Brian and his team in the Lounge Bar are always on hand to welcome guests and to ensure they are served their favourite tipple. It is also so hard to choose what to have in The Dining Room and I am thrilled your enjoyed your selection and were well looked after in there as well.

We do hope that you will return before too long to indulge in some luxury and old world elegance.

With warm regards,

Graham Copeman
General Manager
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Adelaide
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

I stayed here last year but haven't had a chance to write a review. I have stayed in several London hotels but none that are held in such high esteem as The Goring. I had high expectations and those were exceeded.

Service was excellent without being intrusive, and The Concierge was extremely helpful; I was travelling with my sister who wanted to visit a hairdresser and they came up with a list of suggested places with pricing, booked the appointment and delivered a hand written note to the room confirming the arrangements.

Breakfast was the big highlight for me; incredible choices and prompt service.

Only slight downside is the room was starting to show its age. I believe they are currently updating these on a rolling basis though.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank damonaustralia
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The_Goring, General Manager at The Goring, responded to this review, January 25, 2013
Dear damonaustralia,

Thank you very much for your wonderful review of your stay with us last year.

I am delighted that we exceeded your high expectations and that the service you received was excellent but did not intrude on your time with us. Big John and his Concierge team is a fountain of knowledge and I am thrilled that they advised you on the perfect hairdresser.

We are now in the final wave of refurbishing the rooms at The Goring and once these are finished I do hope that you are your sister will return to see the hotel in all of its glory.

With warm regards,

Graham Copeman
General Manager
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Property: The Goring
Address: 15 Beeston Place, London SW1W 0JW, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Westminster
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Luxury Hotel in London
#9 Business Hotel in London
#15 Family Hotel in London
#29 Romantic Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Goring 5*
Number of rooms: 69
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Having been lovingly refurbished, The Goring has entered a new era, yet retains its time-honoured style and exceptional service. The small, intimate hotel stands out from the crowd as London's last family-owned luxury hotel, as well as its unique Royal Warrant from Her Majesty The Queen and one of the largest private gardens in the capital - an urban oasis. Nestled in fashionable Belgravia, adjacent to Buckingham Palace, this fantastic London location offers guests easy access to Knightsbridge, Mayfair and more - perfect for shopping and theatre, work and play. The hotel's sumptuous bedrooms and suites offer supreme comfort and the finest furnishings, whilst The Dining Room and Bar & Lounge serve the best in British food, irresistible cocktails and an award-winning traditional afternoon tea. ... more   less 
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