My partner and I stayed at The Ritz in August for four nights. We had notified the hotel that we might be late in arriving since we would be on the Orient-Express from Venice and there was absolutely no problem when we arrived. We were assisted from the taxi and our luggage brought into the hotel and received a warm welcome from Reception, which upgraded our accommodation and then escorted us to our room. As we had to be at the Victoria Palace shortly thereafter, there was no time to drink the Champagne which awaited us, nor later since we dined at Sheekey's, quite the best seafood restaurant in London. The Champagne was kept for another night.
Breakfast the following morning (and all others) was excellent, including the finest fresh raspberries I have ever had. The fresh orange juice left something to be desired - it certainly was freshly squeezed, but not as sweet as we are used to in California. Beautiful omelettes though and excellent service, if a little leisurely by American standards. However, we were not pressed for time except for one morning, and having mentioned this on arrival in the restaurant, the service was speeded up to allow us to eat rather more swiftly.
The room itself was everything it should be - we did not have a suite, but compared to one at the Waldorf=Astoria Towers (New York) it was quite as acceptable. The beds were comfortable, the drapes let in no light and there were no noises from outside. Room service was prompt and the beds were always turned down before we returned. The bathroom was immaculate and had a separate door from the vestibule. The decor may not be to everyone's taste, but it matches everything else in the hotel in a grand luxe manner; it is in no way minimalist! The Hall Porter was always affable and helpful, although he did not actually believe we had a private tour of Buckingham Palace! Every time we arrived back, whether early or late, we were greeted by name and made to feel at home, which was greatly appreciated. I rather like the "old fashioned" keys and was pleased not to have a magnetic-striped card, which inevitably fail once or twice.
On our last evening we dined in the Restaurant but, like so many contemporary establishments, found the offerings a little too clever, but probably appealing to younger 'foodies' since our taste is more for The Ivy and The Gay Hussar, the latter no longer fashionable. Nevertheless, we enjoyed the meal and then retired to our room to pack for the flight back to Los Angeles. Altogether a most enjoyable stay; whether we would stay there on a regular basis I can't say. Certainly it is most convenient, whether for walking, taking a taxi or the 'Tube'. But it certainly should be done once in a lifetime since very few of us actually live like that from day-to-day. Highly recommended!
- 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 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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- Also Known As:
- The Ritz London Hotel London
- The Ritz Hotel London
- Ritz Hotel London
- Ritz London
- London Ritz-Carlton