Just got back from the St Ermin today after a good Friday night stay. The hotel itself is historic and has a number of old adverts around the building from the 40s and earlier when it proudly boasted 200 bedrooms and 100 bathrooms. Not the situation today where every room has its own en suite.
The hotel is well situated over St James Park tube station on the district line. Though beware on weekends not all tube entrances are open so check with the hotel to save you walking round the block. Its so close to westminster it has a bell in the lobby to call people back to parliament and also looks over onto New Scotland Yard in another direction. At night the light up courtyard is truly magical and you can sit outside if the weather allows. There is a bee hotel on the outside terrace on the third floor and the honey made there is used in the hotel - a nice touch - they are behind glass and people can come up and see them if they want.
The common areas are beautiful. Parts of the dining room that are used for breakfast are a bit dark, but the buffet breakfast is fairly comprehensive. Unusually on a weekend and bank holiday breakfast is served til mid day and check out is at 11. The hotel was very full so there was a wait for check out, for breakfast and for information desk. But the staff were generally helpful. There was also a wait for a la carte items like omelettes etc from the breakfast menu. My eggs benedict were fairly poor and not what I had expected with the Caxton Grill being housed in the building. Poor because luke warm, eggs still translucent in places and the hollandaise slightly split. But its a 1st world problem and didn't change our stay which was very good.
Lifts let them down, not all were running and we ended going up to go down in the end after a fairly long wait.
As a platinum Elite Marriott member we got upgraded to a Junior Suite which was very very nice. Only rainforest shower - no bath, but good quality toiletries, coffee ( nespresso), free wifi, good sized lounge and really nice furniture and decor. Really good safe big enough for laptop bag and other essentials.
I would go back and stay again for the building and the decor, maybe just when it was slightly less packed. I would also recommend it to others.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- St. Ermin's Hotel re-opened its doors in April 2011, following a dramatic £30 million refurbishment. Nestled in the heart of London, this four star deluxe hotel is at the center of the city's vibrant business, leisure and government landmarks. St James’s Park, Parliament Square, the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament, and Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre are all just minutes away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jolly St Ermins Hotel
- Jolly St Ermins London