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Claridge's
Ranked #44 of 1,077 Hotels in London
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 31 January 2010

I stayed at the Claridge's only one night , Saturday the16th to the 17th January 2010, with my son. We had a deluxe room, room 737, if I remember correctly, with the Endless weekend rate.

The room was on the 7th floor which must have been an attic of some kind sometimes. It was quite fresh and clean, no complaints there. You need to climb a short flight of stairs to get there, which somebody might find annoying. The room was actually quite large with a normal sized dressing room, the bathroom had a separate shower cubicle (very functional, but not very stylish in design). There's no separate toilet cubicle, which would be nicer. Nice Asprey toiletries. The beds were quite comfortable and the large armchairs were very cosy for sipping the champagne that was included in the rate.

The staff is very professional but friendly all over the hotel.

We had dinner at Gordon Ramsey's downstairs. The dinner was good, the restaurant had lots of staff and everything went smoothly until the payment. Or, that went smoothly as well, but more stone faced than in the friendly way the other members of the staff had behaved. It is worth mentioning that they have a vegetarian menu as well. The lobby is not furnished much, but there's a lovely fireplace and yellow tulips and narcissi made for a spring like athmosphere.

If you are into shopping the hotel is brilliantly located, only a stone's throw from Oxford, Bond and Regent streets.

There were two things that were no major deal breakers , but however worth mentioning. The breakfast that was included in the rate was quite plain for a hotel of this caliber. It was served to the table, which, however, is nice. Also our rate said late check out included (upon availability, of course...). We asked for until 2.30 PM , but were only granted until 2 PM, as complimentary...

I have visited London more than 20 times, the last two times I've stayed at the Ritz, which I like a lot. I honestly cannot say which one I prefer, both, I guess. My son said he prefered Claridge's a little bit. It's more casual, if you prefer that. On the other hand, the Ritz has a certain glamour not many hotels have. I'll probably stay at the Claridge's as well in the future.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 January 2010

We have just got back from a night at Claridge's celebrating our 10th anniversary - we were treated like VIPs from start to finish and had an amazing time!
When the doorman took our car to go and park it they must have informed reception in the 15 seconds it took us to walk into the hotel, a receptionist was waiting for us, addressed us by name and knew all about the occasion. We were very pleasantly surprised by the relaxed atmosphere, although 100% courteous and professional we were at ease throughout, from the bar at the Fumoir to manager at Gordon Ramsay's. We were spoilt rotten, complimentary champagne and chocolates in the room, everyone congratulating us etc etc. The Manager at GR's spent ages with us throughout the meal -without being a pain- and offered us a tour of the kitchen where he spent ages although was a busy night with over 150 covers.
Bedroom was large with a very luxurious and comfortable bed, bathroom was all marble, fabulous walk- in shower, as you would expect.
It was shockingly expensive but what a treat, we have been spoilt for life!

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 January 2010

This elegant, relaxed hotel was everything we thought it would be and more. The staff were attentive and the room with all it's original art deco features was stunning. There is free wireless in the room . A free cup of tea was sent to the room whilst are bags were delivered and we went back a week later with our 2 year daughter and they had put ballons in the room as they has asked in when we booked what she liked. We ran out of formula for our son and they went out 10.30 pm on a Sunday night to get some for him.
The only thing I would complain about was the 5 % service charge that was added on to our bill as we had tipped a lot whilst we were there. Also , 22 pounds for a pot of tea and two scones is crazy!!. We went to the George V in Paris after our stay here and Claidge's is a bargin compared to that place!!

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 January 2010

Just got back from staying here for my wifes 30th birthday & was not dissapointed. Kept looking at lots of other hotels in London but kept coming back to Claridges. My wife & I love art deco so this was a big pull for this hotel. The check in was fantastic & loved the lifts that are still operated by a very smart man. The room (superior queen) was an ok size for London, although the bathroom was fantastic, huge bath & amazing shower, just what we needed as you never actually spend that long in the room. Breakfast was lovely & a must is afternoon tea their although you must book, even as a resident trying to book a month before we struggled for a table on a saturday.

Can't belive this hotel isn't higher up the tripadvisor rankings.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 January 2010

My partner and I went to London for a few days to see the sights and do some Christmas shopping. We stayed at the Corus Hotel at Hyde Park for 2 nights and stayed at Claridges for our final night as a treat.

We arrived at Claridges just after 12 where we were very warmly welcomed to the hotel by the staff. They noticed on our booking form we had requested no feather pillows and instantly they were changed before we got up to the room. We were given a little tour of the hotel by one of the front desk staff which was a nice little touch.

We had booked a Superior Queen size (there basic room). My first impression was wow! The staff spoke with us for a while about different amenities, what we were doing for dinner etc. They even offered us a complimentary glass of champagne. We however declined it and they left us to it. We had a walk in wardrobe, beautiful large marble bathroom with one of the best showers I have ever been in! And all the other finishing touches such as toiletries, robes, slippers etc.

However, after closer examination of the room, I noticed the carpet didn’t reach the walls; it was all frilly on the edges and not to clean either. I went for a lie down in bed to watch the television after my shopping trip and was very disappointed. The signal was shocking, it didn’t tell you what channel you were on. It as if they got the oldest television package available and put in our room. After spending a lot of money to stay here the least I would have expected was a half decent TV.

I went for a Swedish massage in the spa before dinner. I would highly recommend that if you can get the chance!! Was in a beautiful centre and the staff were fantastic.

We had dinner at Claridges Reading room. The setting was beautiful and staff very pleasant. We ordered our food (only main courses) and they managed to get my partners order wrong. I told them there was a mistake with the order and they did there absolute up most to get the problem sorted. Deeply apologetic and we even got drink each on the house. Once the order was sorted the food was delicious!!

We had booked online and there is a section where you can add items to your bill- flowers, chocolates etc. We had ordered them but they were not in our room when we arrived. It was only after dinner we realised this and therefore I went down to reception to say they were not there and that the charge should be taken off the bill. This was at 10.15pm and they were going to try and send them up. I said not to bother as it was late on in the day. Just as long as we didn’t get charged for it, and sure enough we didn’t. We went back to our room after a couple of drinks in front of the fire and there were 2 glasses of champagne and a box of chocolates as another apology for the cock up.

So overall the hotel is beautiful, fantastic location, very friendly staff. But unfortunately has unnecessary little problems that should be sorted to make it a flawless experience.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 January 2010

I stayed at Claridges for 4 nights in the week before Christmas. After having looked forward to my stay for months, I was very disappointed. First of all the staff were unprofessional - this is clearly an institution trading on the basis of its reputation rather than its actual service. The doormen only held the front door sporadically, the loitering staff in the lobby seemed to serve no purpose other than to ignore the guests, the room service needed several reminders to come & collect the tray, etc etc. During my stay I injured my ankle and returned to the hotel on crutches. Not one of the staff noticed/cared, I had to push the heavy front door open myself, and no one offered to even help with my bags. Surely this is just basic good manners? But no one seems to have informed the staff at Claridges.
The concierge could not have been more irritated when I asked for a phone number, and couldn't even be bothered to make eye contact.
The room was OK - pretty tired decor, with chips in the paint etc. The soap tray fell off the wall on morning 1, and was not fixed till day 3, when it promptly fell off again. The buttons to call room service, valet etc did not work.
Finally the prices are outrageous - yes I know it's central London, and room charges were no surprise. But when I went to breakfast, I ordered toast - 2 lukewarm slices of white sliced pan arrived, for which I was charged the princely sum of 6.50 (USD 10.40). Hot chocolate was 5.25.
Finally when I left, the receptionist did not even ask if I had enjoyed my stay - just if I needed a car to the airport (134 pounds in case you were wondering).
I will never stay here again and will tell everyone I know to avoid it. Total letdown.
The management need to go to the Peninsula in Hong Kong to see how a really good 5* hotel operates.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 3 January 2010

We stayed here for new year's eve as a treat and got a rock bottom rate we booked months ahead of around £300 - which for Claridges is cheap! We were really pleased to find they added a free glass of champers to that deal. When we checked in at 2, as the email told us to do, the room wasn't ready and we went off for lunch in Covent Garden waiting a further 2 hours to get the call it's ready. From the reviewers below this seems a habit and one they really must sort out. Having said that, the staff were lovely and extremely courteous and our request for a refurbished art deco room was met, despite being on a cheaper rate than most others that night (rack rate by 31 Dec was £850!). The room and common areas of claridges are simply stunning and we luxuriated in both bars during our stay and loved the place. the public loos are worth a visit alone and i've eaten in gordon ramsey's before and had fantastic food and service. although breakfast is often extra, we paid £30 each for the full english and my god it was worth it - silver trays of juice, coffee, toast, pastries and a lovely fresh cooked english all delivered to your seat - it really made the mass buffets look cheap and sat for ages reading the papers and sipping coffee from a silver pot. highly recommend this place but wish they would sort out the check in times - i can imagine if you've just stepped off a plane, and not the 20 min drive we had to arrive, it would really upset you to wait 2 hours.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Address: Brook Street, London W1K 4HR, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > London > Mayfair
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#18 Spa Hotel in London
#43 Luxury Hotel in London
#79 Business Hotel in London
#92 Family Hotel in London
#124 Romantic Hotel in London
Price Range: £407 - £865 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Claridge's 5*
Number of rooms: 197
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At the centre of London’s Mayfair, Claridge’s embodies grand English style, timeless glamour and impeccable, intuitive and highly tailored service. It is London’s art deco jewel, and home to breathtaking rooms and suites. From London’s finest afternoon tea in the Foyer and Reading Room to vintage champagnes and rare spirits at Claridge’s Bar or after-dinner drinks in the Fumoir, all are part of the hotel’s unique splendour and charm. ... more   less 
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