Wow. Our stay at Hotel 41 came at the end of a trip where we had already experienced some excellent accommodations so our bar was set pretty high. Let's just say that Hotel 41 exceeded our expectations in so many ways. From the moment that we arrived we were made to feel special. Actually the great service started even before we arrived as I had been in contact with their concierge who were very helpful in making recommendations and arranging airport transport via email.
This hotel actually occupies the top floor of the building which also holds the Rubens Hotel. It has a separate entrance that is locked and manned making it feel very exclusive.
We had a interior facing room so no view but that may have been a blessing because the streets sound as though they may be a bit noisy. If I had to find one fault, it's that the room and particularly the bathroom were on the small side by North American standards but probably average for UK. Having said that, it was decorated very tastefully and you could see the quality in everything, down to every detail. It was also laid out very nicely with every accessory and amenity you could want while travelling. The bed was incredibly comfortable and the shower head installed on the ceiling above the tub made it hard to step away from it.
In their lounge there are refreshments and snacks available all day long including an honour bar. The same lounge is used for their excellent continental breakfast buffet and afternoon tea. A hot breakfast can be ordered as well. Since the clientele is limited in this small boutique hotel, they seem to know who everyone is without having to ask you for your room#. A small detail but it made us feel very welcome and special.
Their concierge desk was fantastic for help and recommendations. The same can be said with the staff manning the entrance who are always there to provide you with an umbrella if they think you're not prepared for the weather at hand. All staff seemed to be prepared to make your experience the best one possible.
The location of the hotel is also very convenient. It's closest to the Victoria station that connects very easily to every major line. It's a stone's throw away from Buckingham Palace and some beautiful neighbourhoods that are nice for a stroll (if it's not raining). It's also within walking distance to many attractions if you don't mind 20-30min of fresh air exercise, the biggest obstacle being the rain of course.
Normally when we travel I like to try out different accommodations but I'm already thinking about coming back here the next time we're in London ...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury hotel with club-like atmosphere & 21st-century business technology; near Buckingham Palace & Westend theatre. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 41 Hotel London