The hotel is big without being impersonal; the door "boys" are always charming and beautifully turned out, in all weathers. I'm sure the smell that wafts around the pretty girls dressed in pink suits in the reception area is from Shanghai Tang, it's very nice anyway. Getting through the check-in process is always fast and efficient and the staff are polite and very professional. The rooms are a good size, and very good if you are prepared to go over £500 per night. Breakfast is excellent, fresh and the coffee arrives hot every time. Room service is average to fast and the food is always good. There are also tea making facilities in the rooms, with a nice solid kettle and good quality teas. The televisions are huge and wifi works well and is free. Bathrooms and the bathroom bits and pieces are, as you'd expect: good nail files, shampoos, etc even including nice old-fashioned touches like good-smelling talcum powder- and the spare toothbrushes and shaving creams, which I alway appreciate! The rooms always have flowers, not overpowering but fresh, and the rooms are very clean with excellent bed linen and quality beds. The air-conditioning always works and it's too loud. Finding the spa is an exciting quest; depending on where your room is. I think I've visited the spa about 20 times and I've never got there and back smoothly! I start confidently following signs and take the lift down to the second floor, follow more signs, go down one more level and voila, the spa! But on the way back, it isn't the same thing in reverse! I always end up in a padded service lift after just a couple of doors! The way around this maze is to head for reception both ways - but then you have to shuffle through there, either damp, from swimming, or slightly sticky (from nice-smelling oils), but you will get back to your room within twenty minutes; the other option can take years! I've occasionally asked other guests who generally laugh and wish me luck! But, it's worth it, as the spa staff are lovely and very good at what they do. You ought to book in advance and make clear what you want; I have had different massages from that which I thought I'd booked, several times, so check the name of what you want, don't just rely on describing which bits you want pummelled. The price of rooms shoots up in the week and we rarely get our room upgraded during the summer or December and January, despite having stayed dozens of times over a number of years, and we book via a service that always offers it, should it be available. The bar manages to have atmosphere and good food (lovely martinis too), but is expensive, as you'd expect. The restaurants are also excellent and expensive. Overall, they pretty much do everything they can to make your stay feel luxurious and relaxing; any gripes we've had have been small (mainly along the lines of it becoming quite impersonal when busy). We sometime stay away for a bit, and decide we ought to stay somewhere that will give us change from £1,000 for a weekend in a non-suite bedroom (i.e. just a bedroom and bathroom, no extra sitting area); but we do go back, so it must be good!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Langham, London has been delighting guests with gracious hospitality since it opened in 1865. Exuding a timeless elegance, this London hotel offers impeccably luxurious surroundings on Regent Street, one of the city's premier locations close to many local attractions and popular shopping destinations. Guest will be delighted with Artesian, the World's Best Bar as voted for by Drinks International, Palm Court, famed as the birthplace of afternoon tea, and Roux at The Landau with menus created in collaboration with celebrity chefs Albert and Michel Roux. Complimentary to hotel guests, enjoy use of Chuan Spa featuring a state-of-the-art gymnasium and a 16 meter swimming pool. ... more less
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