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“Beautiful Hotel with the perfect location for Classic London” 5 of 5 bubbles
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The Royal Horseguards
Ranked #94 of 1,089 Hotels in London
Certificate of Excellence
Knoxville, Tennessee
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48 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Beautiful Hotel with the perfect location for Classic London”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2009

From the standpoint of an American tourist looking to see the "classic" London sites, the Royal Horseguards is perfect.

From a location standpoint the Royal Horseguards is a short walk from the London Eye, Trafalgar Square, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and much more. Did I mention that the Embankment station is about 100m away?

As for the hotel, it is beautiful. Great views across the river and the small park located on hotel property is a perfect way to start or end your day. Hotel staff were very inviting and friendly, answering all of our questions with a smile. Only downside was that the rooms are a bit small for the money, but again, the location and staff make up for it. Also, I've been told that London rooms are closer to those in Europe vs. those in the US - so the size of the rooms may be standard.

The next time I'm in London I will not hesitate to check in at the Royal Horseguards.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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HotelLondon, Guest Relations Manger at The Royal Horseguards, responded to this review, 11 September 2009
Thank you for your comments on the TripAdvisor website subsequent to your recent stay at Royal Horseguards Hotel.

We have taken on board your constructive feedback regarding your room size. Customer feedback is a valuable source for future improvements of our service standards. We would be delighted to welcoming you back at the Royal Horseguards Hotel in the future.

We would like to thank you for taking the time to add your comments on the TripAdvisor homepage.

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Atlanta, GA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2009

My husband and I stayed at the Royal Horseguards for 2 nights. The lobby is lovely and the staff unfailingly polite and helpful. Our room did not have a Thames River view, but the view was nice nonetheless. The room was large and luxurious, with all the amenities. I believe the hotel was recently renovated and the result is lovely. Location is wonderful -- we walked to Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the Royal Galleries. We would definitely stay again!

Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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HotelLondon, Guest Relations Manger at The Royal Horseguards, responded to this review, 11 September 2009
Thank you for your positive feedback on the TripAdvisor homepage subsequent to your recent stay at the Royal Horseguards Hotel.

We are pleased to hear that you have enjoyed your stay with us and we are looking forward to welcoming you back in the future.

We would like to thank you for taking the time to share your comments on the TripAdvisor webpage.

Thank you,

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Oakley74
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2009

I just returned from a week long vacation in London and this hotel was one of the highlights. The location is perfect for all of the key sites (Westminster Abbey, Parliament, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace) and is right next to a Tube station which made it easy to use the subway system. The staff was second to none and was always there to help us with questions or book site seeing trips for us. Do yourself a favor and look into this hotel...you will NOT be disappointed! If I ever make it back to London, I know I will stay here again in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank you for your positive feedback on the TripAdvisor homepage subsequent to your stay at the Royal Horseguards Hotel.

We are pleased to hear that you have enjoyed your stay with us and we are looking forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

We would like to thank you for taking the time to share your comments on the TripAdvisor webpage.

Thank you,

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Arlington, Virginia
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138 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2009

My husband and I have stayed at The Royal Horseguards on a number of occasions during the past 10 years. When we first encountered it in the late '90s, it was sorely in need of upgrading and repair. During our most recent visit, we noted that the hotel is under new management and perhaps the nicest place we've stayed in central London. The Royal Horseguards now boasts a full range of modern amenities to include air-conditioned rooms (all rooms are now non-smoking), flat screen TVs in both room and bathroom, WiFi and newly refurbished appointments throughout. Under the previous proprietorship the service and attitude of the hotel staff left a lot to be desired, but the change in management appears to have done wonders for the quality of the establishment and the level of service. Our room overlooked the Thames and the London Eye as requested by email (although this was not guaranteed). Breakjfast was included and consisted of standard English fare and, while not spectacular, was more than adequate for the business traveler. (The staff was gracious enough to allow us to conduct small business meetings during breakfast.) The location has always been excellent for travelers doing business with the UK government, as well as for tourists. Based upon this experience, we will be choosing The Horseguards again for our next trip.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Kettering
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2009

Cannot fault this hotel at all, perfect location, clean, attentive and genuinely friendly staff. We stayed for the first night of our honeymoon and can safely say we made a great choice of hotel, on a quite street but right on the action, Trafalgar square two minutes walk away. Perfectly clean and spotless hotel and with a great buffet style breakfast....... you will not be disappointed with this hotel. 10/10

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2009

My husband and I have traveled to london before but this hotel really made a difference on this trip. We took our 29yr old son and his friend. The accomodations were fantastic. The staff very nice and the location was great. We will definitely stay here again. My son had a junior executive suite with 2 twin beds.It was perfect!!! We travel quite a bit and I know a great hotel.....this is one! The view my husband and I had from our suite was beautiful!!!!We were directly looking over The River Thames with London eye across from us.We loved it!

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hampshire
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2009

While the hotel was in a good position and offered excellent accommodation we felt it was more of a 4 star than a 5 star. The bedroom was well fitted but the breakfast was very disappointing and let the place down.
There were paper napkins instead of linen napkins usually found in 5 star hotels, the orange juice was the cheap concentrated variety rather than fresh juice. While the pats of butter looked pretty when tasted - it was clearly low quality butter or some horrible substitute - something not usually found in 5 star establishments.
We also had a cream tea which was well presented. The scones were tasty but the bread was very doughy and again the revolting cheap butter or subsitute. The service for the tea was excellent.
If the Royal Horseguards could sort out the catering and bring it in line with other 5 star establishments I would certainly recommend.
Another warning - Pimms is very expensive in this hotel. Four small glasses of Pimms and we were charged £46. It would have been much cheaper to have purchased a bottle of wine. While I appreciate prices in 5 star hotels are more expensive we could have had 4 cocktails for this price. A glass of Pimms (twice the size) was only £3.50 in the pub a few yards away.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank worriedowner
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Property: The Royal Horseguards
Address: 2 Whitehall Court, London SW1A 2EJ, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > London > Westminster
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#39 Romantic Hotel in London
#43 Family Hotel in London
#60 Business Hotel in London
#85 Luxury Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — The Royal Horseguards 5*
Number of rooms: 282
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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