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“Not the Best in London”
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The Goring
Ranked #4 of 1,077 Hotels in London
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 3 October 2007

Not nearly as exemplary as the other reviewers made it out to be. I was very disappointed in what I got for the outrageous amount I paid.

Good points:
Good location right behind Buckingham Palace.
Easy walk to Victoria subway station.
Many very good places to eat in the area. (Volt & Bumbles are two)
The room was quiet with good temperature control.

Bad points:
Tiny (even by big-city standards) rooms..and I was upgraded. I would hate to see the size of my original room.
And I know it is just the luck of the draw on the view, but I ended up looking at the rubbish bins of the office building next door. Not exactly pleasant.
They use European bed sizing, so when you ask for a King, you get what in most of the world would be considered a Queen sized bed.
Staff was rude and arrogant.
The "garden" is about the size of a postage stamp and really not worth even looking at.
The bar is usually SO crowded in the afternoon/evening you can hardly move.
Only one elevator, which runs at a snails pace.
Amazingly expensive; even if you factor out the bad USD$ exchange rate.

Many will argue this is an old stately place and you should expect some differences from the ultra-modern more commercial business style hotels. But in my opinion The Goring went beyond quaint down the scale to just not worth it.

  • Stayed: September 2007, travelled as a couple
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19  Thank bhencey
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Reviewed 28 August 2007

Brilliant!

Lovely, old fashion hotel - with excellent service and a great ethos!

Really enjoyed our stay!

  • Stayed: November 2006
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8  Thank deaf_max
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Reviewed 25 June 2007

Just perfect! Stayed there with friends and we all thought the hotel was amazing. Knowing london quite well, this is one of the best
"English" hotels in the city. Perfect service as it should be!!!!

  • Stayed: January 2007, travelled with friends
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8  Thank bon_viveur_007
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Reviewed 6 June 2007

Our family of four including an eleven year old and 15 year old thoroughly enjoyed our four night stay.

We had two rooms in the Deluxe Garden View category. Each room was beautiful, but not particularly large. They each had space for a couple of chairs or a sofa. The room was spacious by European standards. The furnishings were up to date. Internet access was via high speed cable and was very expensive.

The public rooms were quite nice for tea and snacks. The included breakfast was excellent. You must get this included as it is extremely expensive, but one of the best I have experienced in Europe. I calculated the included breakfast saved the family $800 US over the four night stay.

My wife and I enjoyed the bar for a drink each evening with excellent ambience.

More than anything, the staff is one of the best I have ever experienced. Housekeeping was spectacular, but you NEVER saw them.

The location is ideal.

The Goring made our visit to London perfect!

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled with family
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15  Thank JPax
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Reviewed 11 January 2007

Stayed: January 2007
15  Thank tissiep
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Reviewed 16 December 2006

  • Stayed: December 2006, travelled on business
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16  Thank PaulAAnderson
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Reviewed 13 December 2006

  • Stayed: November 2006, travelled with family
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20  Thank csm1701
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Additional Information about The Goring

Address: 15 Beeston Place, London SW1W 0JW, 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 Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in London
#9 Business Hotel in London
#15 Family Hotel in London
#29 Romantic Hotel in London
Price Range: £310 - £962 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Goring 5*
Number of rooms: 69
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Having been lovingly refurbished, The Goring has entered a new era, yet retains its time-honoured style and exceptional service. The small, intimate hotel stands out from the crowd as London's last family-owned luxury hotel, as well as its unique Royal Warrant from Her Majesty The Queen and one of the largest private gardens in the capital - an urban oasis. Nestled in fashionable Belgravia, adjacent to Buckingham Palace, this fantastic London location offers guests easy access to Knightsbridge, Mayfair and more - perfect for shopping and theatre, work and play. The hotel's sumptuous bedrooms and suites offer supreme comfort and the finest furnishings, whilst The Dining Room and Bar & Lounge serve the best in British food, irresistible cocktails and an award-winning traditional afternoon tea. ... more   less 
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