This was our first visit to London. Being a Club Carlson member, I chose this hotel looking at its central location...and I was right about the decision. After a rather tiring flight, we just wanted to plop on the bed. We arrived at the hotel via a cab (not the usual black cab) - we found it easier than the Heathrow Express + cab (from Paddington station) option with our four bags. The Club Carlson desk for check-in is separate and the procedure was brisk.
We stayed 5 nights in a Studio on the 12th floor. The Studio was large enough with 2 sections (bedroom and sitting area), one having a Queen size bed and the other a pull-out (sofa cum bed) bed for our son. The wardrobe in bedroom was paneled by a pleasant image / graphic which gave an impression of art. The view from our room was not the 'iconic' Big Ben or London Eye one (there are rooms with such views), but that of the Waterloo station and the road. The room and the spacious bathroom had all the required amenities including free Wi-Fi and TV with limited channels.
The breakfast was a nice spread of English and Continental one - the service was prompt. Try to go between 7 and 8 a.m when it less crowded. The view while having breakfast is across the Westminster Bridge, Big Ben and the Westminster!
The hotel itself has nice restaurants and cafe. There are some at the Park Plaza County Hall just a hop from this hotel. There are quite a few restaurants nearby including Mc Donalds, Pret Manger and Ned's Noodle bar. A small store A.P. Express is located opposite the hotel and a Tesco Express is a short walk across the bridge - both have the required items including food stuff, drinks and umbrellas for the typical wet weather in London. Get your phone SIM at these places. A laundry called Goodwill laundry is located on Waterloo road - it is about 1.5 kms away - they charge 7 pounds for a small load and 14 for a large one.
Since the hotel is centrally located, many of the attractions can be seen by walking around - the South bank (comprising London Eye, Sea Life aquarium, the London Dungeons) is just about 150 meters or so, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Churchill War Rooms (all about 500 meters), Trafalgar Square (and the National Gallery opposite) is about a kilometre; these can all be done on foot. The stop for open top bus tours is right in front of the hotel. So, you can see the other attractions using the bus tour. If you prefer the London Underground, Waterloo is station is just a short walk away.
This is an excellent choice of hotel if you are in London for touring and / or business purpose.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Art meets design in the grand Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London. From its iconic position opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, the hotel places London's finest landmarks at your fingertips. The London Eye, Big Ben, London Dungeons, the London Aquarium, and the city's finest theatres, restaurants and bars are just a few steps away. A choice of tastefully conceived and breathtakingly executed guestrooms and suites includes large Studio Rooms with a bedroom, bathroom, kitchenette and living space with pull-out sofa bed, which is perfect for family stays. On the hotel's highest floors, enhanced amenities and extra space are on offer in the chic Penthouses and Suites, some of which have split-level duplex accommodation, balconies and panoramic city views. Brasserie Joël presents delicious French cuisine with seasonal specialities, while Ichi Sushi & Sashimi offers a true taste of Tokyo. 1WB Lounge & Patisserie is the place for afternoon tea and light bites, Primo Bar comes alive every evening with live music and sophisticated cocktails, and Espressamente Illy serves authentic Italian coffees. Unique among central London hotels, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London boasts a fitness centre with 15-metre pool and Europe's only Mandara Spa, an exquisite oasis of Balinese calm. Nine treatment rooms, a manicure and pedicure area and relaxation lounge combine to offer indulgent pampering with the finest spa products. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London Hotel London