The reputation and history of The Ritz is impressive and more than a little intimidating however during my stay in April this year I found the staff were very friendly and warm. The service was at times "stuffy" but that is their style and this hotel does make all of its guests feel welcome.
The room I stayed in was very grand and large but the décor did look a little old fashioned and chintzy rather than elegant and classic... is it maybe time for an overhaul?
A stay at The Ritz definitely comes at a premium so it was disappointing that there were no tea or coffee making facilities in the room. Bottled water is provided at turn down however I find this is often provided in 4 and even 3 star hotels, so it would have been nice to have seen a few "five star" touches to reflect the luxury paid for. The sleep quality was very good, the bed was extremely comfortable, one of the best I have ever slept in.
Whilst it was lovely to have experienced The Ritz I did leave feeling disappointed in the version of luxury offered and overall felt the stay was very poor value for money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Opened by renowned hotelier Cesar Ritz in 1906, The Ritz today still retains all the glamour and excitement synonymous with this world famous hotel. Perfectly located in a landmark position on Piccadilly in the heart of London's West End, the 136 room luxury hotel is ideally placed to suit both business and leisure visitors alike. Now totaling 111 bedrooms and 25 suites, the elegant rooms combine the original Louis XVI style interiors with modern day technology. Considered by many to be one of the most beautiful rooms in the world, The Michelin-starred Ritz Restaurant features a magnificent frescoed ceiling with west facing windows overlooking the Terrace, the Italian Garden and Green Park beyond. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, with a Dinner Dance on Friday and Saturdays. The Palm Court restaurant offers, most famously, daily Afternoon Tea service which has been popular since the hotel first opened. The stylishly updated Rivoli Bar was designed by Tessa Kennedy and features Art Deco styled interiors. Open daily with a bar menu. Private dining facilities at William Kent House, the 18th century mansion house at The Ritz, include an exquisite selection of banquet rooms and suites. Possibly the most elegant and opulent private rooms in London, William Kent House offers the perfect venue for private receptions, weddings, boardroom meetings, lunches, dinners and gala events. The Ritz London is a Grade II star listed building and in 2002 became the first hotel to receive the Royal Warrant from his Royal Highness The Prince of Wales for banqueting and catering services. ... more less
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