From the very beginning of booking our room nine months in advance, we received trademark service from the team at The Ritz London. Between the pre-arrival experience and the reviews on Trip Adviser, I had very high expectations. These expectations clearly met and exceeded. Before I go any further, allow me to describe myself. I am thirty, very young for this hotel. Given some reviews on here about being mistreated by the staff, my partner and I were worried about being young and also gay at such a discriminating hotel. Let me tell you, this hotel goes so far to please and make you feel welcome, I have to believe that the people writing these terrible reviews are either tourists not staying at the hotel, liars, or deserved snippy service!
My grumbles aside, this hotel is perfect in every way. We came from Dallas and arrived in the city many hours before check-in. Since we were upgraded, the room took a while to get ready, so we walked the city and came back around 2:00PM. Our room was still not ready, so the hotel seated us in The Long Gallery for a complimentary afternoon tea seating! I've heard of people waiting for months to have tea here and the hotel gave us this experience without asking. A fabulous first impression, as was my Leaders Club Gift and birthday cake in the room.
We arrived in the room and it was a corner deluxe on the 4th floor over Piccadilly and Arlington. Our view was straight down Piccadilly, amazing! The room was very large and featured gorgeous lighting, original artwork from 1911, a dressing area, desk, sitting area and dining nook, with two closets, and everything was dripping in gold leaf! Just spectacular. The bathroom was a little small, but was covered in marble and featured Asprey amenities to die for! Both the room and bathroom featured fresh flowers. Orchids in the room and roses in the bathroom.
During the whole stay, the entire staff was fantastic. The housekeeping staff was so sweet and kind, and we were even home to see the famous Ritz turn-down take place and the maid was so kind chatting us up while she worked. Breakfast in the immaculate dining room was a treat to start the day, and waiters in their tuxes were just so put together and adorable. And where do I begin with the concierge team and lobby staff. They recognize you and call you by name within your fist afternoon there, wow.
Two nights we went down to the exclusive and private Ritz Club for cocktails and dinner. This club might be the most immaculate and ornate of any hotel bar and dining room I've seen. One of the casino rooms is even an amber room replica. If you've got a suite jacket with you, don't miss the Ritz Club, it's the finest hotel bar and casino the world over.
All in all, this was a perfect stay. Should my partner and I be in the UK again, The Ritz London will be our number one choice to stay.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Ritz London Hotel London
- The Ritz Hotel London
- Ritz Hotel London
- Ritz London
- London Ritz-Carlton