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“Almost Perfect in Every Way”
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Hotel 41
Ranked #1 of 1,068 Hotels in London
Boston
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Almost Perfect in Every Way”
Reviewed 30 January 2009

My sister and I stayed for 5 nights at the 41 to celebrate her 60th Birthday with a week of shows in January. Andrew runs a superb operation. I assume the Red Carnation Group knows what a jewel they have.

As others have noted, the service is superlative –the staff takes care of every detail, and always in a friendly and unobtrusive manner. Although neither the rooms nor the bathrooms are large (our last London stay was at the Royal Horseguards--, where curiously the rooms also have a black and white motif -- and the Horseguards’ room was probably twice the size of our 41room), but the 41executive lounge (which was literally steps away from our room) became part of our vacation experience. I miss Anna (who was wonderful) serving tea there each afternoon.

I don’t remember anyone commenting on the quality of the food, which matches the standard set by the 41 service. One evening we had a mango salad with fresh mint, and the mint tasted as if Andrew picked it an hour ago from his garden.

It is a very special place.

  • Liked — Service
  • Disliked — Size of the bathroom.
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled with family
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newcastle
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2009

My husband and I spent a wonderful 5 nights in the very special hotel during the last week of November 2008. We were unsure of what to expect and we were completely delighted by every experience we had at Hotel 41.

The staff are the best we have encountered in 30 years of International Travel. they were effecient , unobtrusive, professional and friendly at the same time and always there. Nothing was a problem and we felt they always went the extra mile to make sure we were Ok. They would always greet us with a smile and an enquiry as to how our day had been. When we checked in, very exhausted after a long flight from Sydney, they greeted us with a comfortable chair and a glass of champagne in the magnificient reception room and made sure the whole check-in process was simple, efficient and quick. In fact it was like staying at a grand luxurious yet understated private home

We then walked to our beautiful room where we were greeted by a spotlessly clean, elegant, comfortable room. Not your typical hotel room in anyway, this one , with its black and white theme had all the comforts and special touches of a home away from home. every detail is taken care of, fluffy towels, hot water bottle, the most comfortable , clean bed mattress and linen you will ever experience, clean carpet, olives and lemon in your room and complimenary water every night.

It is simply too difficult to write all of the wonderful features of Hotel 41, you need to experience it for yourself. Andrew and team you are the best, please keep up the good work. Thank you for making our stay in Londen ( our 6th) perfect.

  • Liked — everything
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled with family
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boston
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2009

The Hotel 41 gets it.
The facility is first class. The room was great.
Location was easy.The service was the best.
Staff went out of their way to help.
Next trip to London we be at the 41.

  • Liked — the staff
  • Disliked — all positive
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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London, England
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2009

What a superb, wonderful hotel this is.
I have only written a review once before for a hotel in Spain....and it was a bad one.
However Hotel 41 is just excellent, from the relaxed and personal check in, to the politeness of the staff(who after we said thank you would always reply "my pleasure") which in the UK is unheard of!

I am a London man so to find such a great hotel in my own back yard is heartening. usually this level of service is in seen in the Middle East or Asia but rarely in Europe.

Yes its a little expensive but for a night or two special occasion it is the best you could find in London in my opinion.

Thanks to all the staff for making it such a great start to the New Year....and giving us a night without the kids that we could really enjoy!!

  • Liked — Great staff and a lovely, clean, modern room
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Doha
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2008

I stay in hotels very frequently and am not normally one to write a hotel review but my 13 year old son and I stayed at 41 over Christmas 2008 and we couldn't have been happier. We were treated like family from day one and every request we made was responded to quickly and with a smile. The staff were absolutely lovely, went out of their way to accommodate our wishes and it really seemed that they enjoyed making us feel 'at home'. The decor was elegant and it was lovely to be able to 'light the fire' in the room after a cold day out. The little touches like having local SIM cards ready for us (at my request) and my son's favourite magazine along with an iPod, Wii, dvd etc in the room was unexpected. We will most definitely be back!! Thank you Andrew and your wonderful team...

  • Stayed December 2008, travelled with family
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Amsterdam
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 December 2008

Very friendly and service oriented staff. The relaxed way of check-in while sitting in comfortable arm chairs is unique. No need to hurry at all.
The room was very nice and comfortable, it even had a gas fire place!
A "must stay there" hotel when visiting London. The staff truely goes the last mile to make your stay unforgettable!
Highly recommendable!

  • Liked — Home like atmosphere
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Weybridge, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2008

I booked a one-night stay for me and hubby at Hotel 41 on the strength of the superlative reviews it has received via TripAdvisor and hoped my high expectations wouldn't be dashed. Luckily my expectations were exceeded!

The service we received was second to none. We were genuinely delighted that we were treated in such a friendly, accommodating and special manner without the slightest whiff of stuffiness or snootiness from all the wonderful members of staff. It was like staying with old friends. We went out for a rather indifferent dinner in Knightsbridge and just couldn't wait to come 'home' again to the 41. We made good use of the lounge facilities, including the excellent 'plunder the pantry'!

We found it was the little extra touches that made the experience so cherished: ice and a tray of olives and sliced lemon in your room for your pre-dinner aperitif, a toasty hot water bottle at the bottom of the bed which we were delighted to discover upon turning in for the night. We paid extra for the romantic turndown as we fancied having champagne anyway and it was such a joy to come back to our room to the candles and rose petals adorning every surface.

As we booked through Expedia, our room rate included afternoon tea and full English breakfast, which made our weekend break seem rather good value for the luxury we experienced. The room was not particularly large so I'm glad we went for the Executive King. Every inch of the hotel is decorated beautifully in a classic, timeless style that would suit any taste. The lounge was especially sumptious and welcoming.

If I were to be picky, I would mention that the fireplace in our room didn't seem to work and our request for someone to have a look at it went unanswered. The TV was at an awkward angle for watching in bed and the picture was very dark with no buttons to adjust the brightness. The location isn't bad if you like walking (as we do) but if you head towards Victoria station the area becomes rather seedy. However, none of these issues marred our experience in any way.

We seemed to be the only 'locals' staying at the hotel as the other guests we encountered were European or American. We felt very proud that these visitors would be leaving London with such a wonderful impression of the accommodation our capital has to offer. In all, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this hotel and would dearly love to return in the near future.

  • Liked — The service
  • Disliked — Location
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel 41

Property: Hotel 41
Address: 41 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 0PS, England
Phone Number:
Region: United Kingdom > England > London > Westminster
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in London
#1 Family Hotel in London
#1 Romantic Hotel in London
#6 Business Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel 41 5*
Number of rooms: 30
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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