I stay at quite a few hotels in London and Melia White House is one of the best; there's something special about this hotel, the ambience of which you can feel as soon as you walk through the large and imposing revolving door. The hotel - a luxury-looking, 1930s white building as its name suggests - is located just over the road from Great Portland Street tube station in what's known as the Fitzrovia district of London, my favourite area of this city.
There's always a warm welcome from staff at Melia White House and the hotel's facilities and rooms are plush and comfortable. On this occasion I was greeted at reception by Michela from Italy, who was helpful throughout my stay, always giving a smile and remembering me by name as I approached the front desk for directions or assistance.
As a seasoned traveller I have come to appreciate that it's usually a good idea to join a hotel's membership scheme, in this case 'MeliaRewards'. As with most hotel membership schemes, it's free and so really, there's no downside, only upsides. On this occasion, being a member got me a complimentary upgrade to a superior room and a complimentary late check-out to 1:30pm (usually check-out is 12 noon). This is available to members subject to availability, and it's always worth asking.
Also, by booking direct online with the hotel, I automatically received a free £15 voucher to spend in the hotel such as at the L'Albufera restaurant or on room service or in the bar. Unfortunately, I didn't realise the voucher had to be used on the day of arrival (not the next day), but I will know next time. Another nice touch was that on the day I stayed, the hotel was giving out Melia Chinese cookies, with a coupon inside offering a prize. Mine was a 15% discount on my next stay.
The elevator arrangement is slightly quaint: you input your floor number into a pod sticking out of the floor, and then you are told which lift will take you to your floor. As you get into the lift, you don't need to press any more buttons, it takes you straight there.
The room was spacious, airy, spotlessly clean, sound proofed, air conditioned, with a huge kingsize bed and a bath with shower above and array of soaps, moisturisers, shaving kit and toothbrush, etc. I felt it was a home from home.
I cannot think of any complaints and will be happy to stay here again (and receive my 15% discount!)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Melia White House hotel was built in 1936 and was originally launched as The White House luxury apartments. The hotel’s building still preserves its architectural value as a prime example of art décor style in late 1930s. After a recent refurbishment, guests can now have a more pleasant and unique experience when sating in London. This 4-star deluxe hotel includes 581 rooms, 112 apartments, 9 meeting rooms, 2 restaurants and a bar including a terrace, fitness centre and an executive lounge. The hotel’s unique location, award winning food offering and true passion for service will make of your stay in London a pleasant and unique experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Melia White Hotel
- Sol Melia London
- Melia White House London