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.
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- 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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