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The Goring
Ranked #9 of 1,063 Hotels in London
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Brentwood, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
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“Really enjoyed our stay here”
Reviewed 2 January 2012

We thought we would treat ourselves to a special stay in London for New Year's Eve and picked The Goring based on its location to things we wanted to do to celebrate and the reviews on here.

We really liked the overall atmosphere of the hotel. The staff seemed genuinely friendly and all were really helpful. I emailed the hotel on the morning of our arrival to check car parking arrangements and received a reply within an hour. If you are arriving at the hotel by car, they will park it over night for you. This worked out really well for us, we didn't want to worry about finding a car park and then walk with our luggage from the car park to the hotel.

We were given room 77. This room overlooks the gardens, which were lovely and were decorated with a big Christmas tree in the centre. No mini bar but 24 hr room service that was excellent. We ordered twice from room service - only drinks but they came within 20 minutes of the order. Overall the room was very pleasant - comfortable bed and little seating area. Computerized light settings and curtain opening/closing. The TV was a bit annoying - lots of different menus to go through.

We had lunch in the bar. My husband selected a sandwich and I had a salad both were very good.

We went out for dinner but had a few drinks in the bar on our return. The hotel had put on a jazz band and guests were dancing in the lounge as part of their New Year's celebrations. Although overall it seemed pretty quiet but that suited us.

The hotel is well placed for St James' park and we went their to watch the fireworks. You can get a good view of the London Eye and be out of the main crowds to see the fireworks.

Breakfast was good. Lots of choice and again really good service.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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journeyride, General Manager at The Goring, responded to this review, 9 January 2012
Dear AngeS,

I am thrilled you joined us for New Year’s Eve and had such a splendid time. We have a wonderful team here at The Goring. To hear you found them genuinely friendly and helpful means so much to us all. As you have identified, The Goring is in the heart of London and just a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace, St James’s Park and many other attractions. It pleases me to hear of your lovely Lounge Bar lunch and Dining Room breakfast. On behalf of us all here at The Goring, all the very best for 2012 and please do return soon.

With warm regards,

Graham Copeman
General Manager
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Reviewed 28 December 2011

It's a crusty old english establishment. Everything that you would expect with that statement. Pleasant service, ok food, and very expensive. My room was quite small, so if you are getting a room at the lower end of the price range, you won't get much. Very cool experience overall.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled on business
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journeyride, General Manager at The Goring, responded to this review, 9 January 2012
Dear Spedlyman,

Thank you for your review following your stay with us last summer. I am pleased you enjoyed your experience. The Goring is a quintessentially British hotel where the very best service and food has been celebrated for over a century. I hope you get the chance to join us again soon and I look forward to meeting you.

With kind regards,

Graham Copeman
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Reviewed 24 December 2011

The Goring is probably not everyone's cup of tea...but if you like traditional high tea, you'll love The Goring. It's truly an authentic old-London hotel. Everything is posh and somewhat regal from the Villeroy & Bosch teacups to the Milton Brown toiletries.

The hotel itself has a great location - close to Buckingham Palace and the Victoria station which has the tube as well as overground trains and coaches. The rooms are small but very nicely designed. We had a room overlooking the gardens which was very pleasant. Bathrooms are compact with a shower in the tub scenario. Nice marble and exceptionally clean.

What really impressed me about this hotel is the service. Each member of staff takes it upon themselves to learn your name and your preferences. Every single person we interacted with seemed to just go the extra mile to make our stay a pleasant one. It is for this reason that I would definitely like to stay at The Goring the next time we're back in London.

PS - all meals at the Goring are spectacular. The food is of exceptional quality and very well prepared. Guests tend to dress up (even for breakfast), so smart casual is probably the way to go if you are visiting this hotel.

Room Tip: Get a room overlooking the gardens. Higher up on the 4th or 5th floor will be great.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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journeyride, General Manager at The Goring, responded to this review, 9 January 2012
Dear Gracie_in_JHB,

Many thanks for your kind works and for taking the time to post photos of your stay. I see you managed to snap the Faberge egg launch in our beautiful gardens! We pride ourselves on our personal first class service so for you to recognise this means so much to us. We have a great team here and I will pass on your kind words to them. I look forward to welcoming you on your next visit.

With warmest regards,

Graham Copeman
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Reviewed 18 December 2011

Although we just stayed over for one night we had a very pleasant time at the Goring

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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journeyride, General Manager at The Goring, responded to this review, 2 January 2012
Dear pvdg,

I would like to thank you for your wonderful review. I am pleased that even with just a brief visit, you were able to experience our special atmosphere. I hope next time your stay will be longer.

With warm regards,

Graham Copeman
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Dubai
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Reviewed 14 December 2011

Perfect hotel, Amazing staff, great food and amzing new rooms. Stay here

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled on business
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journeyride, General Manager at The Goring, responded to this review, 18 December 2011
Dear dhaigh,

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. Our newly refurbished bedrooms are amongst the very best. They are beautifully designed by Russell Sage, using the very finest bespoke linens and furniture. I have passed on your kind words to the brilliant team here at The Goring. We all look forward to welcoming you back to your London home.

With kindest regards,

Graham Copeman
General Manager
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Lichfield
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Reviewed 5 December 2011

Have stayed many times before, completely 10/10, totally uncorporate, incredibly well trained staff, a real credit to the Goring family, it's like coming home !!

There are no other hotels this good in the world, although I wish there were!

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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journeyride, General Manager at The Goring, responded to this review, 11 December 2011
Dear Richard B,

Thank you ever so much for sharing your thoughts on your London home. It’s lovely for our team to be recognised as we do invest so much in them to create and deliver memorable experiences. I do hope the family is well and we all look forward to seeing you again soon.


Kindest regards,

Graham Copeman
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 December 2011

Wow! This hotel and all their staff are amazing! From the minute we turned up (the car was wisked away), we were personally shown to our room, the check in staff were excellent! I had booked this hotel as a surprise for my girlfriend. She was completely unaware of my intention to propose! I had discussed this with Oliver and Alsion prior to booking and unlike the other '5' star hotels in London they really seemed to care. We had our room upgraded, i got down on bended knee, lots of happy tears later we had become engaged. Their was a knock at the door and champagne arrived, as we went downstairs later we were greeted by name and a round of applause was given. I'm having trouble writing how excellent every single second of our stay was. All i have left to say is a great big Thank You! You made Sarah (my fiance :-) feel the luckiest girl in the world!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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journeyride, General Manager at The Goring, responded to this review, 11 December 2011
Dear Jamie T,

Thank you for your wonderful comments. All the team here wish you and Sarah our heart felt congratulations. It’s fabulous you enjoyed our Nina Campbell designed suite and your engagement dinner in the beautiful restaurant. We were so delighted to have played our own small part in your special day.

We look forward to welcoming you back to your special home in London

With warmest regards,

Graham Copeman
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Property: 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:
#9 Business Hotel in London
#9 Luxury Hotel in London
#15 Family Hotel in London
#29 Romantic Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
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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