I stayed here from 01/08-03/08/14 and from the moment you walk in you know you're somewhere special. Check in takes place with a few clicks of an iPad while a delightful member of staff takes you on a tour of the Hotel and your room. I was quickly whisked up to the 44th floor of the Shard where my room was located and another lady greets us with beautiful complimentary Chinese Tea (a really nice touch). My room (Deluxe City View) was one of the most spacious in London in it's class and the bathroom was huge! Both were an example of superlative sumptuous luxury indicative of the Worlds leading 5* Hotels!
Now the view; breathtaking! From my room I had a north easterly views of the entire city with some of London's most famous landmarks visible (Tower Bridge, Tower of London, Gherkin and Canary Wharf to name but a few) and the binoculars provided by the hotel in the room were put to good use. After lunch at Ting (separate less impressive review) i met family in Gong (the hotel bar) which is supposedly the highest located bar in Europe on floor 53 of the Shard, and as expected the bar, drinks and staff were first class with staff clearly encouraged to show a little of their own personality, which is nice and less stiff than other 5* hotels I've stayed in. We even got a late night tour of the infinity pool due to open on August 11th.
Having stayed in many 5* Hotel's (Park Lane Hilton, Ritz-Carlton, Atheneum) I can honestly say few have impressed me as much as Shangri La and their staff, the London Hilton on Park Lane comes closest but I know where I will be staying on my future London trips... Thank you Shangri La.
- 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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