First time visit to London. After extensive research, we picked the Intercontinental based on it's location to major sights, access to the St. James tube station across the street, and, the fact it is a newer hotel.
We stayed five days. The hotel isn't quaint, instead the decor was streamlined, tasteful and modern. Our standard room with a king bed was not large by American standards, but large enough by European. Loved the bathroom with a separate outside vanity area, and, the shower with good water pressure. There was a complimentary Nespresso machine with caffeinated and decaf coffee, a mini-fridge with complimentary real milk, umbrellas in the closet, along with slippers. The sheets were crisp and bed comfortable. The hotel in general and the room specifically was quiet, especially for being in the heart of the city. There wasn't much of a view, but, we weren't in our room much.
We were there as tourists and enjoyed walking everywhere, as well as, using the excellent public transportation system. We were only minutes away from Big Ben, Parliament, the Winston Churchill War Rooms, so we were able to make the best use of our time.
While we did not utilize the concierge, check in was efficient, if not a little impersonal. We ate only one meal there, lunch, in the small restaurant right off the lobby, and, it was good. There were several nearby breakfast places, around the corner for modestly priced quick breakfasts. The rest of the time we explored different restaurants around the city.
Hotel prices are high in London, and, this was no exception. We checked Expedia, but ended up booking directly through the hotel for the best rate, using AAA for a slight discount.
Depending on our itinerary for a next visit to London, I would explore other hotel options in a completely different area of the city. That said, I would still recommend this hotel for first time visitors wishing to see the major sights of London or those requiring this location.
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hilton EMEA, Hotels.com, Expedia, Booking.com, TravelUp, Priceline, Hotelopia, Odigeo, TripOnline SA, Traveltool, S.L.U., HotelsClick, Cancelon, Evoline ltd, HotelQuickly and Hotel.de so you can book your Conrad London St. James reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.