If you're looking for the perfect halfway house between the great shopping and eating in Covent Garden and the more business-oriented High Holborn, then you could do worse than this hotel. The service in the lobby was very good, my bags were well looked after as I arrived early and deposited in my room long before I arrived back in the evening. My office is in High Holborn which was perfect walking distance, and you are extremely spoiled by the array of restaurants and bars on your doorstep just footsteps form the main entrance of the hotel. The hotels bar and restarant may suffer in this regard, as they are surrounded by the likes of the Delaunay (amazing breakfasts), Opera Tavern (some of the best tapas in London with a great wine list), and the Radio Rooftop directly opposite in the ME Hotel (extortionate drinks, exceptional views). With these on offer, there isn't much need to set foot in the rather antiquated cocktail bar (although they do make a very good Old Fashioned).
The rooms themselves are comfortable, but a little on the small side. This posed no issue in terms of sleeping as the bedroom was adequate. The bathroom on the other hand was so narrow that it took acrobatic contortions to get into the shower without either banging yourself on the door, or covering the floor in water from the shower head. It certainly helped to wake me up in the morning though, so there is that.
Little touches like complimentary water were nice, although I was astounded that in 2014 a hotel chain of Hiltons size and stature can still charge for Wi-Fi in the rooms. 59.99 for 4 nights is extortionate and unreasonable, especially when compared to the rack rates for the rooms.
That grumble aside, this s a great hotel, in an even greater location. One hopes they can sort the Wi-Fi thing out sooner rather than later, and maybe enliven the old-school bar, s they now face stiff competition from the seemingly sleeker and more sophisticated ME Hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Waldorf Hilton has one of the chicest addresses in town bridging the West End and the Square Mile to provide an excellent base for access to the City by day and the cultural delights of Covent Garden by night. Homage Restaurant pays tribute to the grand cafes of Europe, incorporating Good Godfrey's Bar and Lounge and the famous Palm Court. ... more less
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