I know that a £ is a £, and in these hard times all the more welcome. However, I do feel that this hotel has made a strategic mistake in hosting a pre-Theatre Menu. They are ideally situated beside the Opera House, and the upmarket reputation seems to draw the crowds.The night I was there The Mousetrap was playing to full houses, which unfortunately meant that the hotel was swamped, and I mean swamped, with visitors when I ventured out of my room for dinner at 6.30 pm. As there was no table available for me for at least 30 mins, I decided to go downstairs to the bar where I managed to find somewhere to sit. However, there I was ignored for the 30 minutes as 2 waiters tried to serve the 20 or more fully- occupied tables. I spoke to a staff member on the way out and he told me what was going on - I got the impression that he wasn't too delighted about having the whole night's business compressed into 90 minutes. Eventually seated in the restaurant, I realised that this wasn't really working for the theatre goers either - the couple beside me left without being served at all, and around me diners were calling for their Bills while finishing their main courses, in an effort to get to the Theatre on time. Then at 7.30 calm and quiet was magically restored as the hotel emptied. And I suppose that's the point - it did EMPTY. As the other reviews have stated, the hotel is great, the staff are great, the food was great, the service (once the crowd disappeared) was great, the rooms are great - but as a tired business traveller who had planed for a quiet, early meal and an early night, this madness was not what I expected of a 5 Star hotel. Maybe the Receptionist could advise guests to remain in their rooms until after 7.30 ?.......PS 17 quid for valet parking seems a bit steep. There is a public carpark a hundred yards or so across the road but a bag, briefcase, computer and heavy rain meant that was never going to happen!
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