My friend and I recently traveled to London and booked this hotel via Expedia. It was nicely rated in Tripadvisor so we took our chances. We had a great experience. I would highly recommend this hotel just for the location. But, it has other great qualities too. They have a very nice lounge that's open pretty late, probably until 1 or 2 am - never got the chance to find out - too tired. What's good about the lounge is that...you may be surprised to find out that not too many places are open past 11pm in London. We also enjoyed a couple of breakfasts at the Island Grill restaurant. The only negative about this hotel is that we kept hearing doors being slammed. It just happens that the doors are heavy and slam shut. It's a nice alarm clock. Of course, never heard it at night, always got home too late. But, it always greeted us in the morning.
Our room: A bit small, but nice and clean. Not much room to move around in the room, though. Hey, when you're on vacation, you only use the room to kick your feet up after a long day, and sleep. We had 2 twin beds which were very comfortable, and a room with a great view of the park (city view). 2 women sharing a bathroom -- it wasn't too bad -- very high bathtub so be careful (OUCH!). And, very weird, not many big drawers for your clothes, only little ones - desk drawers. But, what I loved the most about this hotel was that it had every kind of outlet you can think of. So, Americans, you don't need to take your converters or special hairdryers - they got our outlet! Also, they have a portable hairdryer in the closet and a weird looking hose hairdryer in the bathroom, which I last happen to see in Italy - it didn't work on my hair. (I'll load up some pictures).
Also, if you're flying into Heathrow, no need to take those expensive, long-hour cabs. Just hop on the Heathrow Express or Heathrow Local right in the airport. We did the Local train for £9. The Heathrow Express, I think was £19. Save £10 and do the local, it drops you off at the same location, Paddington Station, maybe it takes 10 minutes longer, no big deal. The whole ride takes about 20-25 min on the train and it's very comfortable and clean. Paddington Station is walking distance from the Hotel. If you don't want to walk to the hotel, take a cab that's outside the station, it costs about £9 - they have to go the long route.
Besides the parks (Hyde and Kensington), you have wonderful neighborhoods to walk around. We walked practically everywhere and if you didn't want to walk, a couple of great bus stops are just around the corner. The Tube is also just around the corner. We used those a couple of times but we got the hang of the buses - cheap tours around London.
Also, a great mention is a restaurant about a block away called Bel Canto. If you love opera and great French food, this is your place. It cost £44/pp (2-courses) for dinner and a 2-3 hour show - depending on how long you want are willing to sit. They also have 3-course dinners. The waiters are the opera singers (not all). Beautiful voices. We went there twice, it was that beautiful. Excellent service as well.
If you don't want to eat breakfast at the hotel, walk to Spring Street and there are a couple of great little places. We kept going to Luigi's Sandwich Bar (8 Spring Street). They have delicious, fresh juices and the omelets and eggs were very good too - lots of food, and nice owners.
I hope that you enjoy London, we did. Plenty to see and do. Oh, did I mention that we got very lucky with the weather.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Whether looking down from one of the 416 well-appointed guest rooms and suites, or admiring the outlook from either award-winning restaurant, the 4-star deluxe Lancaster London hotel boasts some of the most panoramic views in the city, overlooking the lush green expanse of Hyde Park and many of the capital's famous landmarks. Walking-distance from Oxford Street, adjacent to Lancaster Gate Central Line tube station (providing a fast direct link to the CBD) and just a stone's throw from the Heathrow Express at Paddington, the hotel's location is perfect for all business and leisure visits to London. Renowned for its world-class function space, the Lancaster London's flexible meetings and events facilities can accommodate up to 3,000 guests. The vast Nine Kings and Westbourne Suites have their own dedicated entrances, sound-proofed dividing walls, state-of-the-art AV equipment and retractable Italian chandeliers. The Forest Suite is a collection of 13 contemporary spaces that can cater for smaller meetings and events of up to 200 delegates. Stylishly yet comfortably furnished using natural woods and fabrics, they are individually-designed to be inviting, calm and businesslike. Dining options at the hotel range from 24-hour room service, to traditional Afternoon Tea, to gourmet experiences in one of the highly-regarded restaurants. Inspired by the original Nipa Restaurant in The Landmark Bangkok Hotel, the 55-seat Nipa Thai Restaurant features a teak panelled interior and stunning traditional furnishings and ornaments, crafted in Thailand. Whether you judge it on its mouthwatering cuisine, subtle oriental décor or welcoming ambience, it is one of the most authentic Thai eating experiences in Europe. In contrast, Island Grill is a stylish modern venue featuring a delicious menu of wide-ranging European dishes alongside a varied selection of cocktails and wines to suit every taste and appetite. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lancaster London Hotel London
- Royal Lancaster London