After reading previous reviews, I did not have high expectations for this hotel. Our friends were having their wedding reception at Cannizaro and hence we got a cheaper room rate than normal for our one night stay. The hotel is set in wonderful grounds and looks stunning from the outside, particularly at night when the hotel is lit up. Unfortunately, the interior is somewhat disappointing - the majority of the decor is set in a classic design but there are some new modern additions which simply do not work e.g. the bar looks brand new, very white, modern, small, long & narrow - a wine/cockbar bar feel. There are some odd pieces of modern art dotted around which again does not fit in with the general classic decor. There is no formal reception area, just one desk as you enter the hotel. The main lounge area lacks atmosphere and there was a shortage of comfy seats. We were allocated a room with a four poster which on first inspection looked very spacious & romantic. However, taking a closer look, I noticed that the walls could do with new wallpaper or a new coat of paint. More noticeable was the bathroom where the sealant around the bath definately needed replacing. I was fortunate enough to see the bridal suite and a few of the other rooms. They all appeared very spacious but in need of updating, particularly the bridal suite where the carpet was grubby, in desperate need of a clean. The food & service throughout our stay was v.good and particular praise should be given to Rowan, the operations manager who was very attentive to all the guests during the stay.
I do feel that this hotel is overpriced and there is still much more room for improvement - there are some wonderful hotels in this country and unless the necessary improvements are made - I won't be back!
p.s. It was rumoured that the hotel restaurant was to be named "Common" after Wimbledon Common - what a daft name, surely they can do better than that!!
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- Cannizaro House Hotel London