At the Goring, we felt like we were guests in a well run private manor. From the moment we pulled up in a taxi and all doors were opened simultaneously, the service was seamless and welcoming. They greeted us cheerfully, and were very warm at reception (as opposed to a prior comment). Our rooms were not yet ready, so they offered us drinks and a place to relax while waiting. The family rooms with a connecting door offered plenty of space for our family of 4. The room the adults stayed in was of a nice size with a vanity area, a comfortable chair and on the other side of the room a desk, and large bathroom with heated towel racks. There was a separate tub and shower in our room, the boys had a tub shower combo, and a slightly smaller room and bath. The internet was very fast, but expensive in the rooms. A free computer was available, in quiet small room, but it was often in use. As we left or arrived each day the doormen knew our names, remembered what we were up to, and always asked about our well being. By the end, we considered them friends, and in fact our sons plan to keep in touch by facebook with at least one of them (Rupert)! When we went to eat in the morning each day after the first, they remembered our preferences, and asked if we wanted "the usual" or something different. We never once saw a bill- they seemed to know who we were and where the charges should be posted. With drinks in the bar in the evening, they passed canapes. It felt very civilized- no bills or talk of money. Just a statement at check out. The concierges, Andrew and Paul were extremely helpful in trying to arrange for an unusual request. All in all, a marvelous hotel and a wonderful stay. The Goring has been run by the same family for 100 years- and many of the employees told us they had worked there for many years. They all seemed happy, and so were we.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Goring Hotel London
- Goring London
- The Goring London, England