My husband, our baby boy and I stayed for a night at the Shangri-La at the Shard on the opening week. What an incredible hotel/experience/night!
The service, as always in a Shangri-La, is impeccable, you are greeted at the reception on 35th floor with the most incredible view. Our room wasn't ready so we got offered a tea and coffee by the restaurant, in front of the most incredible view of the Thames, Tower Bridge and The City.
The only bad thing about reception is that there is no baby facility, and changing our baby's nappy was really uncomfortable as I had to do it on the toilet floor near a window with the sun in my baby's face which made him really unhappy.
We were then taken into our room. Beautiful room, amazing bathroom where you can have a bath overlooking London!
Our room was a little bit small and looking at the floor plan, we seemed to have one of the smallest room on the floor which was a bit of a shame. Also the view, even though was breathtaking from the 47th floor, was of South London and not really interesting. We both agreed that it is worth paying extra to get the City view which is truly magical. There are binoculars in the room which is a nice touch.
We had lunch at the ground floor cafe, the cheeses and charcuterie were to die for. All sourced from Borough Market. Really good quality food. Afternoon tea is incredible, we went for the Asian one which gives the best of both worlds : Yummy dumplings without missing out on the British scones.
Dinner was delicious too. But not the finest food we have had, the desserts were not as tasty as we hoped for, and my meat was well done even though I asked for medium.
Breakfast in our room the next day didn't disappoint, I had a continental breakfast and my husband had an Asian breakfast, both were very good, served with a faultless service.
The hotel only has 200 rooms and feels intimate, the staff remembered us and our name, you won't be lost in the choice of restaurants as there are only a cafe, a restaurant and a bar. We didn't get to see the pool as it wasn't open which is a shame but all in all, amazing experience!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- London's first elevated luxury hotel - starting at 125 metres high - Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London occupies levels 34 to 52 of The Shard, Western Europe's tallest building. Situated in London's most historic areas, Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London is in close proximity to the financial hubs of the City and Canary Wharf as well as key tourist attractions such as Tate Modern, the Tower of London, St. Paul's Cathedral and Borough Food Market. The hotel offers 202 guest rooms and suites throughout levels 36 and 50, all with unparalleled views across London. Three signature Shangri-La wining and dining venues and three river-facing event spaces on level 34. Level 52 is home to London's highest bar alongside the hotel's infinity Skypool and 24-hour gym. ... more less
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