I really was surprised with The Royal Horseguards. With a non-distinct front, the entrance is presented by 2 beautiful wooden doors with glass and brass. Inside is subtle elegance. There isn't any overpowering feeling of grandeur which some Hotels come across as OTT.
To the left is a small efficient reception desk and registration and check-in was quick and painless. Room wasn't ready on our arrival at 1400hrs, but were advised check-in was at 1500hrs (which was different to our advice on booking - possible miscommunication as we booked through booking.com). Nontheless we were booked into an Executive Double, but were upgrade to an Executive King. Staff always friendly and helpful.
The lifts were down a little passageway, which we missed but were quickly redirected by the bell boy.
The room was much better than what I have recently experienced in London by a 4 or 5 star hotel for the price. The room was fresh and clean (white glove clean) and decor had a warm yet clean feel, with a little tech.... built in iPod dock, Computer connections and Plasma TV. Wifi is free. The bathrooms has heated floors and towel rails, twin sinks, a shower cubicle and a bath.
Only disappointing moment (and it was a small moment), was not being able to use Australian plugs, despite the room catering for other countries and also Room Keeping not stocking an adapter....a very minor point.
If I had to choose again, I would definitely put The Royal Horseguards high on the list for a 5 Star hotel to return. I am fairly sure the Executive Double would be a smaller version of the Executive King and would not disappoint.
I believe Room Service was 24hrs but did not try it out, nor did I try the Hotels F&B outlets.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This majestic five-star hotel presides over the River Thames. From glittering chandeliers to contemporary design, this central hotel near the London Eye reflects a proud heritage. Expect more, with free wi-fi throughout the hotel, fully refurbished Victorian splendour, award-winning dining, afternoon tea and sumptuous river view suites. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Royal Horseguards Hotel London
- Royal Horseguards London