We stayed 4 nights during June 2011 at this Taj property. My wife and our 15 year-old daughter accompanied me on this trip, which combined business with pleasure. We arrived by Eurostar (train) from Paris and departed from Heathrow. We had booked a 1-bedroom suite, but since the 2-bedroom was available, the manager upgraded us at the original price.
The “51” is located a 1-minute walk from the front gates of Buckingham Palace, a 10-minute walk from Westminster Abby and 15 minutes from Big Ben. Despite this central location, the street is quiet and the hotel serene.
Our 2 bedroom suite included a living room, plus a kitchen. The kitchen overlooked a school for boys, who spent their free time playing soccer (football) and cricket in the paved courtyard below our windows. Even though they were quite close, the rooms were essentially soundproof. The beds were good, the bathrooms comfortable, and, as I noted, the rooms quiet. Our kitchen had a clothes washer/drier combination, so we did several loads of laundry.
The “51” is clearly a high-end boutique hotel with superb rooms, complex hallways, high speed Internet, and impeccable service. The “51” staff exceeded the service we’ve experienced at every big city, high-end hotel we’ve stayed in over the last 3 years. Gentle, prompt, efficient, engaging, helpful, accessible, well-groomed, well trained, well received. For example, Alex is one of the concierges. Alex met with my wife several times to arrange for every ticket, every tour, every show. He followed up with me to confirm that my wife was happy with the outcomes. He and his colleagues arranged for cars at all hours of the day and night – even the cars and their drivers were impeccable and prompt.
Room service fed us one breakfast and two dinners during our stay. Top quality. The breakfast in the small common room was one of our favorite meals. The hotel arranged for a table at the Michelin-rated Indian restaurant next door one night. Again, top quality food, top notch service.
This is an international hotel that caters to wealthy Occidental and Oriental clients, so the American traveler will see fellow travelers from India, Germany, Brazil, Eastern Europe…but few other Americans. Most guests will be well-dressed and well-mannered.
In summary, the “51” is well suited to the discerning traveler who appreciates (and can afford) incredible service, requires a great location, and relishes an international environment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences offers authentic luxury experiences in a bespoke and personalised environment a gemstone's throw from Buckingham Palace. It comprises three Victorian townhouses - Kings, Minsters and Falconers, each distinctly designed and beautifully restored to their iconic heritage. The 85 luxurious suites and residences with butler service offer the space and exclusivity of a private home each with their own separate kitchen and living area. Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences reflects the universally acclaimed warmth and personalised service that the Taj is recognised for as one of the finest in the world. Treading the path from tradition to tomorrow, Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences redefines the meaning of luxury, creating a distinctive, customised and exclusive Taj experience. Make the most of complimentary wi-fi, the premier Golden Keys Concierge service, tailored treatments at the Wellness Centre and a host of on-site dining options including Quilon, the signature Michelin star Indian South West coastal cuisine restaurant and Kona, showcasing the colours, flavours and vibrancy of contemporary Europe. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 51 Buckingham Gate, Taj Suites And Residences Hotel London