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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Goring Hotel London
- Goring London