First of all, I can not even say enough good things about this hotel!!! I wish it had all five stars (and dont know why) so I would have found it sooner on tripadvisor. It is truly the best!!!! I have stayed in some really nice hotels before (Ritz in Central Park, Grand American in Salt Lake City, etc) and this hotel was perfect!!!! I didn't want to break the bank, but I also wanted a nice, clean, pretty place to relax after long days touring London. The hotel staff could not have been more WONDERFUL!!!! From the moment I walked into the door, they always said hello, knew my name, and were kind and so helpful! Please do not even think of staying anywhere else! I looked and looked at hotel reviews for probably a month to decide where to stay in London. Then I randomly did a search for best romantic hotels and this one came up. I KNEW I HAD A GOOD HOTEL WHEN I FIRST EMAILED THEM - they were kinder and nicer than any other hotel to which I had inquired. They went above and beyond the call of duty and made my London trip FABULOUS. I know that if I had stayed somewhere else, my trip would not have been half as good. It is about 2 block down (3 min walk) from the Knightsbridge Tube stop and Harrods. In a safe, quiet, clean neighborhood. There is a Marks and Spencer’s grocery store (really nice stuff) and a Sainsbury’s within feet. There is also a McDonalds 1 minute away (which was a nice thing to have on the run – only 6 USD for a full breakfast and it doesn’t taste as greasy as they do in the US). The best thing is that the Knightsbridge stop is on the Piccadilly line – thus, you get on at Heathrow and get off once right at this stop – so please don’t book a car or bus or something – the Tube was perfect and especially when on a budget. I had a single room, which I was a little worried about noise since it is next to the elevator. I think I only noticed the elevator noise a few times in the whole 10 days I was there – not a problem at all. I am a pretty light sleeper, but it did not bother me at all. The TV was great and had some neat options to pay for movies and such if you were going to be staying in. Also, they did room service through a few restaurants nearby (all of which were delicious and at no extra charge to deliver it to your room). They even brought up the food in this amazing basket, along with plates, bowls, condiments and such (because single rooms don’t have kitchenettes in them). The mini-bar had NO mini about it – it was the largest mini bar I have ever seen and although I did not use it, it was nice to know it was there! What else can I say…oh, the breakfast I had ordered to my room. It was good, but I think this was the ONLY thing remotely negative that I can say – it was not worth what it costs. Granted, I never went downstairs and had breakfast in the breakfast room, so it could have been more of a feast down there. I CAN’T TRULY SAY ENOUGH WONDERFUL THINGS ABOUT ALL OF THE STAFF!!! THEY MADE MY STAY!!!! Also, I was worried about phone calls costing too much, but I would dial home for a few seconds and have them call me back – most of the phone calls cost about 29 pence (50 US cents) – so definitely reasonable. Also, DON’T make “toll-free” or “1-800” calls, cause they cost 2 pounds each (4 USD) – and I think this goes for all hotels over there, so don’t look on the Parkes badly. The shower was a tidbit small, but for one person it was perfect. The shower head, if not for all of the other reasons above, is reason alone to go here. It really was the size of a dinner plate and great water pressure. I wanted to get one to put in my house back home! The bathroom was gorgeous marble and really beautiful. I felt like a queen in it! It is not the same size at the Ritz bathroom, but this is London and nothing is the same size. But I do have to say, the marble in the bathroom was JUST AS NICE as the marble bathrooms in the Ritz I have been to. I JUST COULD KEEP GOING ON AND ON – THIS IS THE BEST HOTEL IN LONDON – STAY HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!
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- Luxury townhouse hotel located on a quiet tree-lined residential cul-de-sac in Knightsbridge, 1 block from Harrods. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Parkes Hotel London