After reading the reviews on this site, I was really looking forward to staying at this hotel. We were somewhat disappointed. The hotel itself is lovely, and the rooms are spacious and well appointed. But I had been told it was "directly" across from the Houses of Parliment, and 1 block from the Vaxhall tube station. It was several blocks to the station. It was also further down the south bank than expected, and I was not too comfortable walking in that area late at night. We have always stayed in the Knightsbridge area before, and I guess we just prefer that location. It will be interesting to see what happens as that area of London becomes more developed.
We didn't make use of the kitchen, but it would be nice to have if one was on an extended stay in London. Although, again it was a bit far from things to return to for lunch while sightseeing. I was pleasantly surprised to find a washer/dryer and used it to wash some panties.
Our major complaint was that the cigarette smoke from the front of the hotel seemed to funnel directly up into our room through the ventilation. It was terrible in the mornings!! When we said something to the reception desk, they simply acknowledged that it was a problem. Otherwise, the reception staff was very helpful and friendly.
Because of the ventilation issues I would be reluctant to recommend this hotel to non-smokers, but it would be good for business travelers using cabs to get around.
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- Also Known As:
- Plaza On The River - Club And Residence Hotel London
- Plaza On The River London, England